A useful tool for playing MIDI files making use of SoundFonts
SynthFont is a software synthesizer (“MIDI-to-WAV” tool) for playing standard midi files using SoundFonts. SynthFont is intended to mimic the behavior of SoundFont compatible hardware/sound cards like Audigy or SoundBlaster Live!. SynthFont is modulator aware, which Live! is not. But SynthFont is more. It also provides an interface into the SoundFont structure and has basic midi and SoundFont editing capabilities. The midi file provides the musical content while SoundFont files provide the sound content. SynthFont can store arrangement settings for each midi file in a so called arrangement file. A typical arrangement setting is the selection of SoundFonts. SynthFont can also use other sound files, like Gigasampler files. Alternatively a VST instrument can be used to replace the internal sound engine. Here are some key features of “SynthFont”: · Explorer view, similar to Windows Explorer. Use this to search for mid files, arrangements or sound sources. You can easily play all files in a folder. There’s also a separate playlist. · Piano roll view, not only shows you the notes and controllers but also lets you do some basic midi file editing. · Events view, shows a list of all midi events in a particular track. You can filter out certain events and also do some basic editing, like changing notes and programs. Good for “debugging”. · Tracks view. This view actually contains two parts: the synth engine and the tracks list. Use the synth engine part to add VST audio effects to on of the 16 channel busses or to the main effect. Use the tracks list to assign sound sources to the tracks. You can assign SoundFonts, GIGA files, DLS files, WAVE files and VST instruments. Each track can have its own set of sound sources. Here you can also add and delete tracks, mute track, play tracks solo, etc. · Layers view, shows the preset layers of a sound source. Each layer corresponds to what is internally called an “instrument”. Usually a preset contains only one layer, but for stereo presets there is often two, panned left and right. · Splits view, shows the splits of an instrument (one preset layer). Here is where all the fun is. Each split references one – and only one – audio sample (“wave”). Each split also have range of parameters (called “generators”) that you can edit. · Wave view, shows the sample data referenced by a split. Here also you can do some basic editing. · There is an additional tool for expert users: the SoundFont editor Viena (not to be confused with “Vienna”). Use this tool to create new SoundFonts from audio samples, or from presets and instruments in other SoundFonts. You can have four SoundFonts open at the same time and copy freely between them. There is also a Favorite Folders view and a Preset Cache for favorite presets. More info in the help file. What’s New Bug fixes: · GigaSampler files (“*.GIG”) having several dimensions were not always correctly interpreted. SynthFont now also displays the dimensions used for each instrument split in the Splits table (see side note) · The CPU monitor routine did not work reliably on Windows 98. · Drawing Pitch Wheel controllers in Pianoroll did result in incorrect data · Fixed some other Pitch Wheel related problems · If no default SoundFont is found, and no arrangement exists, then the “GM.DLS” file found in the Windows distribution will be used · User banks were not used with arrangements since version 1.634 – restored · Live Input mode has been improved; you can better change the arrangement (some annoying bugs also removed) · Saving a midi file using a new name could lead to problems, now fixed · Some “New MIDI track” bugs fixed · Add the default Grand Piano to tracks with no MIDI program defined · Fixed a problem related to editing a SoundFont (link to instrument was lost) · Fixed a bug related to dropping a VST effect…
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