Free Sample Libraries that urgently need .SFZ mapping

Sampler and Sampling discussion (techniques, tips and tricks, etc.)
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465 posts since 15 Apr, 2020

Post Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:56 am

Hey,
let's do something constructive for a change: create and share SFZ mappings for free sample libraries that require commercial / proprietary software (like NI Kontakt) to be played!

I found that many great free sample sets / libraries could benefit from a .sfz mapping, since a free / open format is the best way to use free samples in my opinion. Sforzando is a great and free playback engine and not everyone has access to paid sample players like NI Kontakt.

I will start this thread by selecting some freely available libraries without .sfz mapping. Please feel free to add your own suggestions. Also, feel free to create and share mappings in the .sfz format.

How to use .sfz mappings: put them in the same place where you have the "samples" folder. Load the .sfz file in Sforzando.
You will find the finished mappings (and the link to the corresponding samples of each) here: https://github.com/sfzinstruments/mappings

So far (largely thanks to KVR user kinwie who created most of these fantastic mappings) we have now created mappings for the following sample libraries freely usable in Sforzando. Also, thanks to Redtide and Dsmolken for the hosting of the mappings and critical feedback.
  • Pettinhouse DirectBass 2 Free (mapping by NTO)
  • Pettinhouse VinylHammond Free (mapping by NTO)
  • Greg Jazz Xmas Bass
  • PastToFutureSamples Motown Drums Vol. 6
  • Drumdrops 60s Rogers Pop Kit Single Hits (the kit has been available for free in the past)
  • Pianobook Soft Drums
  • Pianobook Sol’s Piano
  • Sasje The Trumpet
  • Pianobook David's CP70
  • Pianobook mRhodes
  • Pianobook The King's Upright
  • Pianobook Jon Meyer's Kawai Felt Piano
  • Pianobook Soft String Spurs
  • Hunsicker Helpenstill
  • MTG Trumpet
  • Gregjazz Jazz Funk Kit (Drums)
  • SamSonor
  • PC Sam Schiby Tabla
  • Wilkinson Audio Naked Drums
  • The Metal Kick Drum
  • DrumGizmo DRS Kit
  • DrumGizmo MuldjordKit
  • The Free Salamander Grand Piano - Kinwie edition

The following sample sets / libraries don't have a .sfz mapping yet. Please feel free to create and share a mapping in the thread - especially if you have access to sample conversion tools or interest in learning about sample library creation.
Simon Dsouza Saxophone

pocketBlakus Cello

Guiro Ratchet Samples

Jakob Reinhardts The Crispy Clean Strat

Jakob Reinhardts The Spanish Thrift Store Guitar

Jakob Reinhardts The US Dream Guitar


Carpenter Trombone (HUGE! and heavily relies on Kontakt scripting)

Brazilian Series: Tamborim

Brazilian Series: Pandeiro

Brazilian Series: Cuica

Charles’ Dulcimer

Feroyn’s Flute


Rosinspiel


Egyptian Darabuka



Ivory Wind

Straight Ahead Jazz Drums


Slingerland Free Drum Kit by Indie Drums

Performance Samples' Angry Brass & Christmas 2016 Samples - Kontakt ncw-compressed

Performance Samples' Angry Brass Soloists Test Session - Kontakt ncw-compressed

Performance Samples Solo Violin Legato

Embertone Intimate Strings Lite

Quartertone Acoustic Drums, Acoustic Guitar & E-Bass multisamples

O'Grady's Old Dirty Wurli

Pettinhouse Freebies (DirectBass free & VinylHammond free already mapped)

Good-Sounds ORG> Sax Baritone - Sax Alto - Sax Soprano - Sax Tenor -
Last edited by Obsolete462444 on Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:39 am, edited 49 times in total.

KVRist
453 posts since 22 Aug, 2013

Post Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:27 am

I have the self-made sfz for Gregjazz xmas bass. The samples sounds nice :y

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Topic Starter

465 posts since 15 Apr, 2020

Post Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:49 am

Cool, could you post it here on the forum? I will add it to the initial post!

KVRist
453 posts since 22 Aug, 2013

Post Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:23 am

It's in aria/sforzando format and won't load on other player.
Here it is :

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uzj1yzse5rx5t ... z.rar?dl=0

Put it in the same place as the "samples" folder

edit (additional info) :
- rel on/off (cc67) for turning the release samples on/off
- legato (cc68) for activate the legato mode (monophonic)
Last edited by kinwie on Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:40 am, edited 1 time in total.

NTO
KVRist
368 posts since 8 Feb, 2011

Post Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:30 am

Pettinhouse DirectBass 2 seems to be a paid lib :?:
http://www.pettinhouse.com/html/directbass.html

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Topic Starter

465 posts since 15 Apr, 2020

Post Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:45 am

@kinwie Much thanks!

@NTO You are right. I actually meant the free edition of DirectBass 2, which can be found here, alongside some other free guitar, bass and drum libs.

NTO
KVRist
368 posts since 8 Feb, 2011

Post Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:04 am

Removed all download links, still

(I don't do social media, but hope all will promote their site: http://www.pettinhouse.com/html/download.html)
Last edited by NTO on Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:16 am, edited 2 times in total.

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Topic Starter

465 posts since 15 Apr, 2020

Post Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:50 am

Thanks NTO!

Just one minor thing: could you please upload the mappings only (without the samples included)?

Even if the samples are freely released, we should better not distribute them, since the license doesn't grant us explicit permission to do so (rather I linked to the original sites where they were initially shared in the initial post).

:tu:

NTO
KVRist
368 posts since 8 Feb, 2011

Post Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:09 am

NO problem, I'll kill KILLED those full loads.
Consolidating the samples left to user then...
KVR_SFZ_FilesPosted.zip
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KVRist
453 posts since 22 Aug, 2013

Post Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:12 am

Well, since it's the lockdown times until next week, not much things to do, office and work places are closed...
I just made a quick version of the Motown vol.6 kit.
Still the same, sfz only load in sforzando and aria engine

https://www.dropbox.com/s/en8801kckpaqw ... z.rar?dl=0

cheers guys...stay safe!

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Topic Starter

465 posts since 15 Apr, 2020

Post Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:10 am

Wow, thanks kinwie and NTO. You guys are doing a great job here!

I also want to try to convert / create some mappings, even though I have to do it manually, since I don't have any conversion tool available.

So the really big and comprehensive libs are most likely not my territory (too much manual writing).

KVRist
453 posts since 22 Aug, 2013

Post Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:09 am

If no information about the mapping provided, in a manual or the filenames or anywhere, you can always peek the supplied format for the mapping and settings in some demo app like EXSC which had the demo version if the app can read/support that format

But for aria sfz, I always make from scratch, type everything in notepad like a nerd :dog:

Btw, right now I'm mapping the Rogers 60s kit. Will upload it when finished.
p.s. luckily the key mapping is available in its pdf manual but can't see the velocity map so i create a flexible vel map using aria's #define macro, so it can be easily changed anytime needed

NTO
KVRist
368 posts since 8 Feb, 2011

Post Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:01 am

I was interested in Mihai Sorohan's Muted Trumpet, but the site he was hosting those on appears gone(? - both formats)
http://uploading.com/files/123df316/Mut ... MULAB.zip/

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Topic Starter

465 posts since 15 Apr, 2020

Post Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:15 am

NTO wrote:
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:01 am
I was interested in Mihai Sorohan's Muted Trumpet, but the site he was hosting those on appears gone(? - both formats)
http://uploading.com/files/123df316/Mut ... MULAB.zip/
Ooh, too bad. If they cannot be found anywhere else (maybe Internet Archive?) I will delete them from the list.

Quality free woodwinds & brass sample sets are really rare, but I found some good ones that I will also add to the list in just a minute. They can be found at Freesounds.org - just raw samples, but very accurate: https://freesound.org/people/MTG/packs/20232/
https://freesound.org/people/MTG/packs/20232/

KVRist
453 posts since 22 Aug, 2013

Post Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:23 am

Here's the 60s Rogers kit :

https://www.dropbox.com/s/88yapf1zknjgz ... z.rar?dl=0

Important note :
there is an illegal character (for Win OS) in this sample folder name, so change it to :
Paiste 602 20 Inch Ride
* I include a txt note inside the rar archive

Some features :
- Using keyswitch to select snare
- User can easily change key mapping, global velocity mapping and MIDI CC in the sfz file (the most top defines) via sforzando "Open In Text Editor" button
- Added ride and crash mute keys (60 and 61)

Cheers...

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