User Reviews by KVR Members for sfz
Version reviewed: 1.97 on Windows.
Last edited by herodotus on 8th April 2007.
Version reviewed: 1.97 on Windows.
Last edited by Midiworks on 9th December 2004.
Latest 4 reviews from a total of 4
15 February 2014 at 8:02pm
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 10:38pm
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/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 1:07am
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 2:05am
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 4:59am
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.
4 April 2015 at 8:18am
Link is dead and I don't see it on Cakewalk's site. Is sfz officially gone?