Best orchestral soundfont?

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Best orchestral soundfont?

Postby tavasti » Sun May 13, 2018 10:12 am

Suggestions which is / are best free or cheap symphony orchestra soundfonts?
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Re: Best orchestral sounfont?

Postby tavasti » Sun May 13, 2018 8:07 pm

Ok, after some search and testing, something found:

- Sonatina is quite good, but it at least all instruments with tremolo missing
- Compifont has tremolos (not convinced about quality of all)
- Agean Symphonic Orchestra does not sound like real instruments at all
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Re: Best orchestral sounfont?

Postby Michael Willis » Mon May 14, 2018 12:44 am

tavasti wrote:Ok, after some search and testing, something found:

- Sonatina is quite good, but it at least all instruments with tremolo missing
- Compifont has tremolos (not convinced about quality of all)
- Agean Symphonic Orchestra does not sound like real instruments at all


If you like the original SSO, you should try Peter Eastman's SSO2, which includes tremolo samples for all string sections.

You also might be interested in the following:
No Budget Orchestra
Versillian Studios Chamber Orchestra
Virtual Playing Orchestra

Here's a piece that I made with VPO: Pumpernickel and Periwinkle

If you like the sound of VPO and you're using Ardour, take a look at this Ardour template

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Re: Best orchestral sounfont?

Postby tavasti » Fri May 18, 2018 6:53 pm

First test, maybe not complete, but demonstrates the sounds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig8W33z7cv

Mostly with Sonatina, something from Virtually Playing Orchestra
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Re: Best orchestral soundfont?

Postby tavasti » Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:44 pm

Returning to this topic. Is there free or affordable orchestral soundfonts which have multiple velocity layers?
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Re: Best orchestral soundfont?

Postby Michael Willis » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:47 pm

tavasti wrote:multiple velocity layers?


Many of the above mentioned ones have multiple velocity layers.

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Re: Best orchestral soundfont?

Postby Lyberta » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:14 pm

tavasti wrote:Returning to this topic. Is there free or affordable orchestral soundfonts which have multiple velocity layers?


The free as in freedom one is VSCO, others are proprietary.

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Re: Best orchestral soundfont?

Postby d.healey » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:57 pm

Lyberta wrote:The free as in freedom one is VSCO, others are proprietary.

Does that really matter when there are no free SFZ players that are any good?
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Re: Best orchestral soundfont?

Postby tavasti » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:58 pm

d.healey wrote:
Lyberta wrote:The free as in freedom one is VSCO, others are proprietary.

Does that really matter when there are no free SFZ players that are any good?

I was considering repacking some sfz to sf2. sf2 does not support round robins, but several velocity layers work ok. And one possibility is to place roundrobins to near each other on velocity, and randomize velocities a bit in daw?

For that repacking this might be usefull: https://github.com/freepats/tools
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Re: Best orchestral soundfont?

Postby Michael Willis » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:23 pm

tavasti wrote:I was considering repacking some sfz to sf2.

You might be interested in Aegean Symphonic Orchestra, somebody already did such a conversion to sf2.

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Re: Best orchestral sounfont?

Postby Arthurx » Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:54 am

Michael Willis wrote:
Here's a piece that I made with VPO: Pumpernickel and Periwinkle

If you like the sound of VPO and you're using Ardour, take a look at this Ardour template


Hi Michael,

The sound is convincing. When I have time I will try your ardour preset.
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Re: Best orchestral soundfont?

Postby j_e_f_f_g » Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:16 am

Here's a demo of the "No Budget Orchestra".

https://soundcloud.com/j_e_f_f_g/nerd-medley

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Re: Best orchestral sounfont?

Postby Michael Willis » Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:29 pm

Arthurx wrote:Hi Michael,

The sound is convincing. When I have time I will try your ardour preset.

Nice. I must admit, I've learned a lot since I made that template, I have been considering overhauling it to be much more simple. Right now it has dozens of busses, but lately I found a way to give each section its own stage presence without all of the busses.

Let me know if you would be interested in an update to the template before you get started.


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