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Evanessence 2, 1.7 GB full GM/GS soundfont. New, final version released May 1st 2013.

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KVRist
 
42 posts since 11 Jun, 2012

Postby Sarcyan; Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:32 pm

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New Evanessence soundfont -former musical box-.
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You can see how it sounds in this video, the description -which I copied and pasted here- has the download links.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyKX1-ephO0&hd=1

The file is 608MB compressed in SFPACK format.

It has been updated today, May 1st 2013, so it's really recent.


Link to download Evanessence, updated and completed May 1st 2013:

http://sdrv.ms/103NOfg (link to download it from my Skydrive account. Skydrive is free now, you don't need to use a Hotmail or Live account to download files from there now)

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6caGN_QlJVESDl1TGQyc0NPT0E/edit?usp=sharing (Google drive)

When you click on download -just when you use Google drive, this message doesn't appear at all when you use Skydrive) this message will appear: "Sorry, we are unable to scan this file for viruses.

The file exceeds the maximum size that we scan. Download anyway"

Then click on Download Anyway. The download speed is quite high, so it doesn't take long.

The soundfont has been compressed with the Soundfont compression utility SFPACK, which you can download in the original webpage here:

http://www.personalcopy.com/sfpack.htm

Introduction

First of all, I would like express my deepest thanks to Kenneth ( Synthfont www.synfhtont.com and Viena creator and developer ) for his feedback and help with the last version of the soundfont. His help was really valuable and also indirectly spurred my interest to continue with the project. Without him the current version of the soundfont wouldn't be where it is now as I certainly had grown tired of the soundfont back in November, and further fixing and tweaking wasn't being considered until he shared some feedback with me to improve a couple of instruments, which I certainly did, again, with his help.

When that happened I began to regain interest in the project until it reached its maturity, as it is now. Further development of the soundfont won't happen, but you can edit and modify it freely to suit to your own tastes, add instruments and presets, etc.

Also thanks for downloading and trying this sounfont. Evanessence -the name comes from the band of the almost the same name and my *love* for Amy Lee-, is a General MIDI / General Standard compatible SoundFont meant to bring great realism to your MIDI sequences.

Technical Info, Release notes

This is the final revision of Evanessence soundfont, released March 14th 2013.

Well, I have been fiddling with the soundfont format in the olden times but never got to distribute or being able to finally give expression to my idea of a soundfont back then, mainly because I forever lost all the work I had done on my previous soundfont. It would be a long story.

It has been a few years now since I started with this project to create a soundfont, like 10 years or so -around 2002-. It was meant to be a GM soundbank and these days I found the time to complete it, which certainly makes me happy. The actual work with the current version took like 1 year and 3 months, which is a lot less that it would require in the past, the means are much better now, there are a lot of free samples out there....

Any feedback is fine with me, either good or bad, I don't mind, but I created it around feedback and right now I am not going to continue with the soundfont, nor in the future. I insist that if you want to give it further development I am certainly supportive of it, although it is coherent, homogeneous and balanced in general now, there are always things one can add -General MIDI 2 would be certainly great-.

Technical Info

Evanessence contains 7700 samples, which are organized into 249 melodic presets, mapping all the General MIDI and GS presets and 27 drum kits in the channel 128 -drum kits which I also freed for use freely on every MIDI track, something that allows for greater flexibility-, weighing 1,70GB.

Please be aware that this soundfont in particular is very heavy on the number of voices it can use at the same time. It can easily reach 200-300 voices on an almost permanent basis, depending on the instruments used and the notes being played.

If the sounds start clipping and your processor can't handle the polyphony, try to change the output rate to 44 or 48KHz. The sound quality would be great in both cases and it certainly gives some leeway to the processor when you are using certain DAWs and software.

Hence 44 or 48KHz let you use more effects without degrading performance much. Please ignore these words if you have a very capable CPU because it will work at any output rate, no matter how many simultaneous voices you throw at it.

It is well known that audio will eat as many CPU cycles as you allocate to it, so having some flexibility is a good thing.

Release notes

These are the improvements and tweaks I have made slowly and progressively since the last official release of the soundfont, from a version I uploaded in November 2012.

I had been working on a Lite version of the soundfont, which will never see the day of light, and from those improvements and many other samples I had ready for it, it helped the final development of Evanessence. I was stuck with a lot of instrument generators -65536 instrument generators is the maximum amount a sounfont can handle before becoming corrupt and unusable, and I was always close to that number of generators-. So I got rid of instruments taking up a lot of space, samples, etc, which weren't necessarily beneficial for the sound quality or the soundfont itself and managed to save 20000 instrument generators, which allowed me for further development.

Additionally, I saved about 200MB of space even if I added more than a thousand new samples.... talk about optimization.

Here is a comprehensive list of the changes:

- About 2000 new samples added (most of them for the new drum kits, guitars, sfx effects, etc).

- New samples for the Distortion Guitar --336 samples in total. The sound of the guitar is much richer now, and you could even delete the Distortion 5ths and 3rds layer, along with the DX10 + MT2 layer and still get great sound from it --in fact it could sound better that way depending of your needs.

- Improved Overdriven guitar, featuring now around 150 samples.

- I also have updated both the Synth Basses -1 and 2- to give them more punch and a more synth-like classic sound. They sound way better and more punchy now.

- I have made many little tweaks and additions in the shape of samples and layers affecting different instruments ranging from the Bass, Ensemble, Orchestra, Reed, Pipe, Synth Lead, Synth Pad, Synth FX, Ethnics, SFX, Pianos, Chromatic Percussion, Guitars, Organs, SFX, etc. Basically the whole General MIDI presets sections have been affected by some changes one way or another.

- New Drum Kits sounding more professional than before. They are more demanding on polyphony, but they worth every bit of it --adding their multiple wav samples to a soundfont and testing them was fun. To give you an example, the Standard Drum Kit went from 13MB of the previous version to 58MB in the final version, and it shows!! The richness and quality of the sound is a lot more obvious --same for the Electronic and TR808-TR909, and the Jazz Kit.

- New GS set of instruments added. The whole GS compliant has been included. The Ukulele, the Jet Plane and Church Bells are my favourite additions of the soundfont in that particular part of the melodic presets.

- Professional sounding Electric Guitar. The sound existed before already, it's just that I had it muted in practical terms.

- A much better sound for the Rhodes piano, one of my favourite instruments in the soundfont, which was also unused before although I had the samples.

The fixes and changes are significant enough to the point that the sound of the soundfont is completely different in general.

Licensing information

Please note that Evanessence soundfont is a compilation of my own work and also editing from other different free sources and hence it is a free soundfont, thus not meant to redistribute or use it to sell it as a soundfont for commercial purposes. Other than that, you can sell any music and so on you have made with it, it's up to you.

I mean, the soundfont itself is royalty-free, so you can use it in your personal and commercial tracks without having to pay. However, the soundfont file cannot be sold as a soundfont for use as a commercial SF2.

Thanks to all the people who helped with this and the creators of many soundfonts around the world. It wouldn't have been possible without you! Many thanks to Kenneth too, the author of two wonderful, fabulous pieces of software; Synthfont and Viena.

Finally, for those interested in the Creative Commons License, here is a note. (many thanks Nils for your help on this) :)


License
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CC-BY-SA with the following exception:

The "share alike" condition is imperative if you modify the samples themselves or create new sample libraries with this licensed product.

However, produced music and other non-sample-library works can be licensed at will.

Attribution means keeping all authors information and this readme-file or its content in the release

If you want to create a fork, a modified version, of this sample library you have to release and distribute it under a different name. This clause itself is optional for derived works, so you can omit it in your own version.


http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Finally.... Thanks and I hope you enjoy Evanessence!

-Cose

http://www.myspace.com/cosevidal

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BEGINNER'S TUTORIAL TO SET UP MIDI AT ITS BEST QUALITY

To start with, you'll most likely need the following:

Synthfont http://www.synthfont.com/

A must have utility to change the default Windows midi handling setup for MIDI playback -Windows uses the very average "GS Wavetable Synth- and switch to the top quality Soundfont you like, is this fantastic one:

http://www.mudlord.info/bassmididrv/#ba ... rdownloads[/img]
Last edited by Sarcyan on Sat May 04, 2013 4:55 am, edited 55 times in total.
KVRer
 
4 posts since 16 Apr, 2011

Postby brainburner; Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:37 am

Can you upload it uncompressed. sFark side is down you can' t download the tool. Thanks.
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KVRAF
 
5921 posts since 20 Jan, 2008, from Down on the farm

Postby Numanoid; Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:29 am

brainburner wrote:Can you upload it uncompressed. sFark side is down you can' t download the tool. Thanks.


SFArk is available to download from other sites
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KVRAF
 
5921 posts since 20 Jan, 2008, from Down on the farm

Postby Numanoid; Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:22 am

Sarcyan wrote:Take into account that the file is 650MB compressed but it is in sfArk format, so it might take more than half an hour to uncompress it. It's really worth it though.


It took 33 minutes :D A simple winrar of the SF2 gives a file of 850 MB, while the SFArk manage to reduce the file to 650 MB, so I guess it is worth the trouble.

Thanks a lot for sharing this, many people seem to think that soundfonts are dead, but I dig them still :)
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KVRAF
 
18436 posts since 14 Sep, 2002, from In teh net
 

Postby aMUSEd; Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:24 am

Numanoid wrote:
brainburner wrote:Can you upload it uncompressed. sFark side is down you can' t download the tool. Thanks.


SFArk is available to download from other sites


Don't go to Brothersoft - horrible site full of spyware - they make you download some downloader tool

Also isn't sfark Windows only?
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KVRAF
 
5921 posts since 20 Jan, 2008, from Down on the farm

Postby Numanoid; Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:29 am

aMUSEd wrote:Don't go to Brothersoft - horrible site full of spyware - they make you download some downloader tool

Also isn't sfark Windows only?


True, one has to beware on the net 8)

Here's a quick google, can this be used for the Mac platform?
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KVRAF
 
5921 posts since 20 Jan, 2008, from Down on the farm

Postby Numanoid; Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:31 am

Unfortunately didn't get this to work.

Tried to load it with SFZ+, but then being told that "the selected soundfont is too big to be loaded as 32 bit, so sfz will load it as 16-bit", followed by "Not enough memory to load the soundfont" :(

I'm using a Optiplex 760, 32 bits, 2,5 GhZ, 4GB RAM

Shouldn't 4GB RAM be enough :?:
KVRAF
 
2667 posts since 18 Apr, 2002, from Ogden, UT

Postby audiojunkie; Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:03 am

Cool! Thanks!

--Sean
C/R, dongles & other intrusive copy protection equals less-control & more-hassle for consumers. Company gone-can’t authorize. Limit to # of auths. Instability-ie PACE. Forced internet auths. THE HONEST ARE HASSLED, NOT THE PIRATES.
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KVRAF
 
5921 posts since 20 Jan, 2008, from Down on the farm

Postby Numanoid; Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:40 am

audiojunkie wrote:Cool! Thanks!

--Sean


Did you manage to load it?
KVRist
 
42 posts since 11 Jun, 2012

Postby Sarcyan; Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:32 am

Numanoid wrote:Unfortunately didn't get this to work.

Tried to load it with SFZ+, but then being told that "the selected soundfont is too big to be loaded as 32 bit, so sfz will load it as 16-bit", followed by "Not enough memory to load the soundfont" :(

I'm using a Optiplex 760, 32 bits, 2,5 GhZ, 4GB RAM

Shouldn't 4GB RAM be enough :?:
Yes 4GB is more than enough. Use the BassMIDI driver in the description of the file and also use Synthfont, it works fine with both.

The final version is in the works, I am going to upload it this weekend, with some improved features and tweaks. I had to manage memory very carefully because the format itself is at its limit, so I couldn't add some things before.

Also the current version has an empty layer in one of the instruments -the Timpani- so Synthfont doesn't play the songs with that instrument, every other program works well with it, it's 100% compatible.

Anyway, that's just the "beta" version, as I said, it things go well I will have the final version uploaded this weekend with many improvements and tweaks.

And I think there will be no updates anymore, the soundfont itself doesn't need more, it's just fine as it is now in my offline file.

Besides that, I almost reached the limit of the format, I don't know how more far you can go with a soundfont without breaking the limits of the SF2 format.
KVRAF
 
2667 posts since 18 Apr, 2002, from Ogden, UT

Postby audiojunkie; Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:50 am

Numanoid wrote:
audiojunkie wrote:Cool! Thanks!

--Sean


Did you manage to load it?


No, I haven't had a chance to download it yet, but I'm still appreciative that someone would be so kind as to share something that has obviously taken a lot of time to create. :-)

--Sean
C/R, dongles & other intrusive copy protection equals less-control & more-hassle for consumers. Company gone-can’t authorize. Limit to # of auths. Instability-ie PACE. Forced internet auths. THE HONEST ARE HASSLED, NOT THE PIRATES.
KVRist
 
42 posts since 11 Jun, 2012

Postby Sarcyan; Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:27 pm

audiojunkie wrote:
Numanoid wrote:
audiojunkie wrote:Cool! Thanks!

--Sean


Did you manage to load it?


No, I haven't had a chance to download it yet, but I'm still appreciative that someone would be so kind as to share something that has obviously taken a lot of time to create. :-)

--Sean
Best wait until this weekend, I will have the final version up and working.

There are some HUGE improvements and some changes, to balance the sound even more in every possible way -so there is no instrument hidden behind others when the melody sounds-, I changed the Standard kit samples for even better ones -not easy, it was so good- a hugely improved Room Kit, a new Rock Kit, and lots of tweaks here and there, especially the flute was very difficult to get it right in the low notes.

It sounded amazing from the 6th octave on, and it seemed to sound incredible too below that, but when actually playing some songs there was a weird nose in the low notes, I had to change it, lots of work indeed.
KVRAF
 
2667 posts since 18 Apr, 2002, from Ogden, UT

Postby audiojunkie; Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:36 pm

No problem! I'll keep an eye out for the release! :-)

--Sean
C/R, dongles & other intrusive copy protection equals less-control & more-hassle for consumers. Company gone-can’t authorize. Limit to # of auths. Instability-ie PACE. Forced internet auths. THE HONEST ARE HASSLED, NOT THE PIRATES.
KVRer
 
4 posts since 16 Apr, 2011

Postby brainburner; Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:36 am

Ok Sarcyan, please upload the new version uncompressed or with the sFark-Tool please. The sFark-side is down and Brothesoft is a spyware-side.
KVRist
 
42 posts since 11 Jun, 2012

Postby Sarcyan; Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:46 am

brainburner wrote:Ok Sarcyan, please upload the new version uncompressed or with the sFark-Tool please. The sFark-side is down and Brothesoft is a spyware-side.
The new and final version is meant to be uploaded in SFPACK format, so don't worry about that.

SFPACK can be downloaded here, a great site that features different soundfonts, too.

http://www.personalcopy.com/sfpack.htm

Also decompressing the soundfont with SFPACK is much faster than sfArk. In sfArk format it can take up to 50 minutes or 1 hour for the Soundfont to unpack while using SFPACK it takes like 60 seconds, and the compressed size of the file is basically the same, so it's all advantages.

I will share the links as soon as it is uploaded, tomorrow or sunday at the very very latest.
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