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 sfz by Cakewalk is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
sfz
Product sfz
Developer Cakewalk
Price (MSRP) Free
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Instrument(s) 
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 1.9.7  Downloads Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
OGG, SF2 (SoundFont), sfz, WAV
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionNone

Main Engine

  • High Quality band limiting sample-playback engine.
  • 9 quality settings to allow precise CPU usage optimisation.
  • 256 voices of polyphony, unlimited layers per voice.
  • Per-channel polyphony limiter.
  • Fully Multi-timbral operation, supports all 16 MIDI channels.
  • Supports any standard/custom samplerate, including 22k, 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, 192k and 384k.
  • Extensive SoundFont compatibility.
  • Several loading modes: Whole SoundFont, Single Program, Direct-from-Disk streaming.
  • Stereo Output.

Sound Generator

  • A LPF, two LFOs and two Envelope Generators per layer.
  • Filter Cutoff, Filter Resonance, Keyboard Tracking, Velocity Tracking and Envelope Amount.
  • Vibrato LFO with Delay, Speed and Depth control.
  • Modulation LFO with Delay, Depth, Filter Depth, Pitch Depth and Amp Depth controls.
  • Modulation EG with Attack, Hold, Keyboard-To-Hold, Decay, Keyboard-To-Decay, Sustain, Release and Pitch Depth controls.
  • Amplifier EG with Delay, Attack, Hold, Keyboard-To-Hold, Decay, Keyboard-To-Decay, Sustain and Release controls.

Effects

  • Stereo Chorus and Stereo Reverb.
  • Effects on/off switch.

Programs / Banks

  • 128 internal programs (scenes).
  • Saves and Loads standard program (.fxp) files (saving only possible using the microHost, loading thru drag-and-drop operation).
  • Drag and drop support for program files (.fxp) and SoundFont files (.sf2).
  • All settings saved in the song.

Graphic User Interface

  • Total Layers and Voices played indicator.
  • Sound Preview ribbon at bottom, MIDI transmit to host (VST).

MIDI implementation

  • Extensive MIDI implementation: Velocity, Pitch Bend, Modulation, Sustain Sw and a lot more.

ASIO microHost

  • Ultra light ASIO host for live performance and programming (90k).
  • Supports 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz samplerates.
  • Virtual keyboard with PitchBend/Modulation/Program Change/Transpose controls using PC keyboard.
  • Simultaneous use of multiple MIDI ports.
  • Saves 16-bit and 32-bit WAV files direct-to-disk.
Discussion: Active

Discussion

15 February 2014 at 8:02pmpopsaka

Is there a manual or .pdf ...or how does one adjust:

A LPF, two LFOs and two Envelope Generators per layer.
Filter Cutoff, Filter Resonance, Keyboard Tracking, Velocity Tracking and Envelope Amount.
Vibrato LFO with Delay, Speed and Depth control.
Modulation LFO with Delay, Depth, Filter Depth, Pitch Depth and Amp Depth controls.
Modulation EG with Attack, Hold, Keyboard-To-Hold, Decay, Keyboard-To-Decay, Sustain, Release and Pitch Depth controls.
Amplifier EG with Delay, Attack, Hold, Keyboard-To-Hold, Decay, Keyboard-To-Decay, Sustain and Release controls.

that is the Effects??? I love this thing, use it a lot and have always wondered....

BTW, thanx in advance.

15 February 2014 at 10:38pmBlackWinny

http://web.archive.org/web/20070417213332/http://www.rgcaudio.com/sfzfaq.htm

and.

http://www.delmarlearning.com/companions/content/1598633147/chappreview/3-314-7_CH04_FINAL.pdf

But really you should use sfz+ instead of simply sfz. Both come from Cakewalk (rgc:audio) and both are free, but sfz+ is an advanced edition of the previous sfz. It makes the same thing as sfz... and better and more. And all the things you've made with sfz remain compatible with sfz+ (read the manual in PDF above).

To get sfz+ (totally free) it is here:

http://www.store.cakewalk.com/b2ceuro/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=35-CWSZ1.40-20E (Europe)

or.

http://www.store.cakewalk.com/b2cgbp/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=35-CWSZ1.40-20E (UK)

or.

http://www.store.cakewalk.com/b2cus/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=35-CWSZ1.40-20E (USA & the rest of the world)

The PDF file above is the same manual for sfz and sfz+ (sfz+ begins at the bottom of the page 7 of the PDF)

21 February 2014 at 1:07amMarcus-21

There is one fairly significant difference between sfz+ and sfz: sfz+ player will not use .sfz files, only .sf2 and .wav files. sfz player can use .sfz files as well as .sf2 and .wav. So all the .sfz files by third-parties for Rapture, Dimension Pro, etc. won't 'load & play' in sfz+ player like they will in sfz player. Odd and rather ironic that a 'plus' version is more limited in the file types it accepts, and that despite having 'sfz' in its name, it won't use .sfz files. I personally would recommend downloading and keeping both, since each has advantages and disadvantages.

21 February 2014 at 2:05amBlackWinny

Yes. And in my humble opinion, the best tool providing a lot of functions and having the best compatibility for sf2 as well as for sfz is TX16Wx: http://www.tx16wx.com/

Cakewalk sfz and sfz+ have been abandoned for a long, long time. There are other sfz/sf2 readers which are living and very well living today: essentially Plogue Sforzando and TX16Wx. But Plogue Sforzando don't read directly the sf2 files, it converts them (automatically but heh) to the sfz format to read them.

In fact the best is TX16Wx, which reads sfz and sf2 both as well (and also wav, aiff, aifc, ogg, flac, typhoon, and yamaha) and which provides many, many excellent functions. And it has native 64-bit for Windows in addition to the 32-bit version and has also AU for OS X. There are two versions, one payware and one freeware. it provides excellent filters (BP/LP/Notch,ADSR/AHDSR envelopes, polyphonic glide (yes!), two LFOs with synchronisation, a modulation matrix, a mapping editor of the keyboard, a simplified but functional sample function (it's not only a rompler), round robin, a wave editor, and so on... All that for free or incredibly cheap !! The freeware version makes already many things, and the payware version makes still more and more and is very cheap (€29). Try to find better for this price ! And I add that it has been updated few days ago. Pfff... why keep these old drags of 15 years old Cakewalk ?. when there are so excellent free tools which are far better and which still continue today to evolve months after months .

21 February 2014 at 4:59amMarcus-21

Good points. I actually couldn't agree more. I use and like all 3 for quick checks (is this .sfz file broken or can it still find the samples? are the samples of decent quality?) but for actual use in a DAW I more often use TX16Wx (or sometimes Camel Alchemy) for the greater number of options and controls. I agree that TX16Wx, although a little more complicated, is a lot more versatile and flexible than either of the Cakewalk products.

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