Free SF3 player?

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KVRAF
3394 posts since 21 Mar, 2020 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Wed Apr 28, 2021 4:35 am

All the free soundfont players I can find play only either SF2 or SFZ. Does anybody know of a free instrument that plays SF3 or a free means of converting SF3 to one of the other types?
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KVRAF
9223 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Post Wed Apr 28, 2021 4:52 am

what's sf3?

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3394 posts since 21 Mar, 2020 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:10 am

AnX wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 4:52 am
what's sf3?
I don't know the technical details but MuseScore uses an SF3 General Midi soundfont. I would like it to be useable in other DAWs.
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KVRist
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Post Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:58 pm

As far as I can tell, SF3 is a MuseScore-specific extension of SF2, and the main addition consists of support for compressed audio codecs to reduce the size of samples on disk. There's an open source soundfont editor called Polyphone that claims to be able to open these files, and should allow you to convert them to a more commonly supported format like SF2 or SFZ.
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KVRAF

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3394 posts since 21 Mar, 2020 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Sun May 02, 2021 9:40 am

Super Piano Hater 64 wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:58 pm
As far as I can tell, SF3 is a MuseScore-specific extension of SF2, and the main addition consists of support for compressed audio codecs to reduce the size of samples on disk. There's an open source soundfont editor called Polyphone that claims to be able to open these files, and should allow you to convert them to a more commonly supported format like SF2 or SFZ.
Thank you. I'll give that a go.
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Post Tue May 04, 2021 12:13 am

Super Piano Hater 64 wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:58 pm
As far as I can tell, SF3 is a MuseScore-specific extension of SF2, and the main addition consists of support for compressed audio codecs to reduce the size of samples on disk. There's an open source soundfont editor called Polyphone that claims to be able to open these files, and should allow you to convert them to a more commonly supported format like SF2 or SFZ.
I can verify that it works extremely well. Just open the sf3 and then save it as either sf2 or sfz and it sounds great. :tu:
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