Old 08-11-2008, 07:00 PM   #1
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I am not really a newbie to recording but for years all I have done is straight audio.. (Guitar stuff, acoustic, electric, bass and drums)

But for some time very intrigued by sound fonts but have to admit I don't know Jack about midi or sound fonts. One of those things that when I have started to learn in the past got confused and intimidated and gave it up and blew it off. But would sure like to use some of the stuff I have heard.

I have tried a few sites for explanation but they start at a point to far ahead of what I know.

Any recomendations... not from step one but from step zero as to how to use them?
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:26 AM   #2
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A soundfont is actualy just a sample-pack that you load up at once.

Go to kvraudio.com, hit the plugin database and search for a (free) soundfont player that you like (there are many)
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:44 AM   #3
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The free SFZ soundfont player is here:
http://www.project5.com/products/ins...er/default.asp

A tutorial (generic) is here:
http://www.jayzensound.com/support/t...s/tz22_sfz.htm

Tons of free soundfonts here:
http://www.hammersound.net
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O.K. I actually have the player. But how do I actually play the sounds? Do I need a keyboard.. is it midi?... see I mean from step Zero.

For instance I can load up amplitube etc as a VST plug and play away.
Still confused about how to actally use the sounds as fonts.
Lets say I want to get a organ or Piano font. How do I actally play it and lay down a track

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Old 08-12-2008, 11:13 AM   #5
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The Soundfont Player is used to playback MIDI, where you assign the Sountfont file desire and "connect" via MIDI channel for the track, thus producing that sound. As it is a VST, there needs to be a source and the source is a MIDI file. Soundfonts are somewhat an Override of the standard GM sounds available and replaced with "what you want" in the FX/VST window.
I use SF for my MIDI drum track. Sometimes, I have a Pad or Strings for the background.
You can have one FX/VST and SF player for each MIDI track.
Or, you can Mix and Match, and use onboard for some of your MIDI tracks and SF for other MIDI tracks. See MIDI I/O window.
For the SF Player tracks, make sure the MIDI I/O is None, rather what you have avaialble for MIDI.

What soundcard do you have ?
It is possible to have the SF pre-loaded into the soundcard, if you have a Creative SB Live or Audigy series. Then, you can specify it in the MIDI I/O window for the track.
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:54 PM   #6
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O.K. I actually have the player. But how do I actually play the sounds? Do I need a keyboard.. is it midi?... see I mean from step Zero.
Yes, it's midi and you can draw noted in on the piano roll or use the "PC MIDI Keyboard" built into Reaper.

If you know nothing about midi, then here is a basic tutorial:

http://www.tweakheadz.com/how_to_get...with_midi.html
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:44 AM   #7
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Here is another tutorial which should help grasp the "how to make it work" concept:

http://www.audiominds.com/training/Sfz.html

It is not done using Reaper but the principle is pretty much the same.

a) create a midi track on Reaper's piano roll or just draw them in by double clicking on a blank midi track - then clicking around on the blank track that will come up.
b) add your soundfont player as an FX on the midi track.
c) load the soundfont player with the soundfont you want to use (piano, horn, etc)
d) play the midi track - it should sound like whatever instrument you have loaded into the soundfont player (shortcircuit 1 @ KVR is a pretty good free soundfont player.)

I think it makes it easier if you just think of the soundfont player as an FX for a midi track.


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Old 08-21-2008, 10:29 AM   #8
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As everyone else pointed - here is how I load sound fonts to use in my MIDI tracks..

Examples for you - hopefully a pic says a 1000+ words...


Here is another...
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