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bedjka
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194 posts since 12 Nov, 2011

Post Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:40 pm

Yes, Sfz seems to have taken over Sf2 nowadays, with more possibilities of expression, but it is still an unknown world to me.
Some years ago, i tried to install Sforzando, without succes, something with my pc/windows i guess, i gave it up and went back to my Sf2 players.

I always felt it was difficult, until today, to find good piano soundfonts vs the other instruments.

Before switching to vst's, i used small ones, as i am not a pianist, and piano parts in my tracks were recorded alongside various other instruments.
I have gathered them here, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HX7CPJ ... tv2yu/view, they might be of interest, especially for those who use an older pc/laptop with very little ram.

I included "take1" player, wich i discovered recently, and is interesting for allowing to adjust (especially with the "filter" knob) the tone of a piano to your liking.
Back then, I could only find one decent piano. Today there are at least five really good ones.
Could you please list them ? I am curious to see if i know them, and how they sound, thanks!

JeffLearman
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181 posts since 5 May, 2020

Post Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:17 pm


bedjka
KVRist
194 posts since 12 Nov, 2011

Post Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:34 am

JeffLearman wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:17 pm Most of the pianos here:

https://sfzinstruments.github.io/pianos/
Unfortunately, nothing really convincing.

fotisandstuff
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45 posts since 22 Sep, 2017

Post Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:47 am

bedjka wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:40 pm Yes, Sfz seems to have taken over Sf2 nowadays, with more possibilities of expression, but it is still an unknown world to me.
Some years ago, i tried to install Sforzando, without succes, something with my pc/windows i guess, i gave it up and went back to my Sf2 players.
Other great SFZ players include BassMidi VST (also compatible with SF2, and does a GREAT job at that), TX16Wx and Sfizz. Speaking of SF2 players, have you given the new Gotcha a try?

EDIT: I almost forgot. Two pianos from KaleidonKep99 you can try:
https://github.com/KaleidonKep99/TASCAM-CVPiano
https://github.com/KaleidonKep99/Steinway-B-211
Organic Calfskin Kit - Free/Donationware Drum VST for Mac and Win

bedjka
KVRist
194 posts since 12 Nov, 2011

Post Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:54 pm

retroactivecont wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:47 am
bedjka wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:40 pm Yes, Sfz seems to have taken over Sf2 nowadays, with more possibilities of expression, but it is still an unknown world to me.
Some years ago, i tried to install Sforzando, without succes, something with my pc/windows i guess, i gave it up and went back to my Sf2 players.
Other great SFZ players include BassMidi VST (also compatible with SF2, and does a GREAT job at that), TX16Wx and Sfizz. Speaking of SF2 players, have you given the new Gotcha a try?

EDIT: I almost forgot. Two pianos from KaleidonKep99 you can try:
https://github.com/KaleidonKep99/TASCAM-CVPiano
https://github.com/KaleidonKep99/Steinway-B-211

I actually just have had the luck to find an older version (1.845) of Sforzando which runs smoothly in my 32-Bit Windows 7.

About the pianos, thanks for the recommendation, but it seems i am definetly being too spoiled by the use of vst's to appreciate the soundfont ones now.
When you have tasted better, it is hard to go back !

Philou11
KVRist
30 posts since 22 Jun, 2021

Post Sat Aug 13, 2022 5:51 pm

This soundfont instruments site, with especially good pianos and acoustic guitars, is one of the few left today.
https://sites.google.com/site/soundfonts4u/

Here is also a mega list of GM soundfonts.
https://ia802502.us.archive.org/view_ar ... M_Sets.zip

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audiojunkie
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3629 posts since 19 Apr, 2002 from Utah

Post Sat Aug 13, 2022 7:24 pm

Nice finds! Thanks!
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.

Philou11
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30 posts since 22 Jun, 2021

Post Wed Sep 28, 2022 3:41 pm

Hello all,
I post my request also here, i hope it's ok !
viewtopic.php?p=8522441#p8522441
Thanks !

DSmolken
KVRAF
2042 posts since 20 Sep, 2013 from Poland

Post Thu Oct 06, 2022 9:38 pm

Musescore list: https://musescore.org/en/handbook/3/sou ... -sfz-files

They also uploaded their Drumline to Github: https://github.com/musescore/mdl

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