How to "browse" sf2 files quickly and easily?

Link to good samples/soundfonts at http://wiki.linuxaudio.org/wiki/free_audio_data

Moderators: khz, MattKingUSA

windowsrefund
Establlshed Member
Posts: 31
Joined: Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:04 pm

How to "browse" sf2 files quickly and easily?

Postby windowsrefund » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:40 pm

Hello,

I downloaded and extracted > 3.5G of sf2 files onto my disk. In the event anyone reading is curious, I'm talking about these:

https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1200140/1

OK so, now that I've got all these, I want to "browse" them easily. So far, that has not been possible since I need to use a fluidsynth plugin (a-fluid, calf-fluidsynth) to load each individual file and then trigger it via midi either via my DAW or just by routing my external keyboard's MIDI via Carla-patchbay or something. In other words, it's a very, very tedious process.

So I'm wondering if anyone knows of better tools and/or methods? Ideally, I'd love to be able to work using one or both of these scenarios:

1. Create a MIDI track in my DAW, write a small loop and hear different instruments as I change the sf2 in real time

2. Connect an external keyboard and trigger the instrument via MIDI so I can "browse" as I change instruments

One possible approach might be to use something like Polyphone to convert related sf2 files into a sfz. Perhaps that would allow me to simply load the resulting sfz into a fluidsynth and then be able to change instruments in real time?

Very much looking forward to hearing what you folks do...

User avatar
noedig
Establlshed Member
Posts: 107
Joined: Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:39 am
Location: South Africa

Re: How to "browse" sf2 files quickly and easily?

Postby noedig » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:12 pm

This is exactly why I initially started creating my app a few years ago (though by now it does a bit more).

http://www.noedig.co.za/konfyt/

It scans a folder that you specify, adds all the sf2 files and their programs to a library, which you can then browse or search.

windowsrefund
Establlshed Member
Posts: 31
Joined: Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:04 pm

Re: How to "browse" sf2 files quickly and easily?

Postby windowsrefund » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:15 pm

OMG, I'm so all over this as soon as I get back to my DAW tonight! Thank you! :)

tavasti
Establlshed Member
Posts: 434
Joined: Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:56 am
Location: Kangasala, Finland
Contact:

Re: How to "browse" sf2 files quickly and easily?

Postby tavasti » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:36 pm

noedig wrote:This is exactly why I initially started creating my app a few years ago (though by now it does a bit more).

http://www.noedig.co.za/konfyt/

It scans a folder that you specify, adds all the sf2 files and their programs to a library, which you can then browse or search.

This looks great, for same problem!
Linux veteran & Novice musician

tavasti
Establlshed Member
Posts: 434
Joined: Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:56 am
Location: Kangasala, Finland
Contact:

Re: How to "browse" sf2 files quickly and easily?

Postby tavasti » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:36 pm

windowsrefund wrote:I downloaded and extracted > 3.5G of sf2 files onto my disk. In the event anyone reading is curious, I'm talking about these:

https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1200140/1

BTW, any idea, do they provide something more/better than Virtually Playing Orchestra?
Linux veteran & Novice musician

User avatar
Michael Willis
Establlshed Member
Posts: 471
Joined: Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:27 pm

Re: How to "browse" sf2 files quickly and easily?

Postby Michael Willis » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:02 pm

tavasti wrote:BTW, any idea, do they provide something more/better than Virtually Playing Orchestra?

It depends on what you're going for; Virtual Playing Orchestra was created with different goal than the collection on Newgrounds.

For one thing, the collection on Newgrounds is SF2, while VPO is entirely SFZ format. SFZ supports some more advanced features like round robin and release samples. Also SFZ is a plain text format, so you can edit it yourself if you are inclined to learn the opcodes. On the other hand, SF2 tends to be easier to use.

VPO is a curated collection of individual orchestral sections and solos. The collection on Newgrounds is more of a "kitchen sink" approach, with the creator throwing in everything that sounded good. So for example, it has multiple solo violins, multiple disparate string sections, and so forth. As far as I'm aware, there was no effort to make them sound like they go together, so it is up to you to audition all of these choices in order to create your own cohesive sound.

alex stone
Establlshed Member
Posts: 118
Joined: Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:39 am

Re: How to "browse" sf2 files quickly and easily?

Postby alex stone » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:41 am

noedig wrote:This is exactly why I initially started creating my app a few years ago (though by now it does a bit more).

http://www.noedig.co.za/konfyt/

It scans a folder that you specify, adds all the sf2 files and their programs to a library, which you can then browse or search.



Thanks for this. Works fine.

Alex.


Return to “Samplers & samples”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest