SoundFont is a brand name that collectively refers to a file format and associated technology designed to bridge the gap between recorded and synthesized audio, especially for the purposes of computer music composition. SoundFont technology is an implementation of sample-based synthesis, first used on the Sound Blaster AWE32 sound card for its General MIDI support, and is still supported on current Sound Blaster products.
In a more simple form: A Soundfonts file (.SF2) is like a sample pack already mapped out across a samplers keys. It could be a synth, an instrument or drums etc. Basically, a Soundfonts is a virtual instrument that contain recorded audio samples of various musical instruments.
Although it is based on older technology, soundfonts can be very useful. Use Soundfonts and MIDI files to create new original loops and samples. Different SoundFonts allow you to produce and render different sound out of the same MIDI file, and that’s can be fascinating by itself. Professional producers can use specialized SoundFonts – for piano, trumpet, guitar, brass, strings, etc. Some soundfonts contain multiple instruments bundled into one file.
From our knowledge, most of our customers use FL Studio music software. FL Studio includes the Fruity SoundFont Player, an advanced sampler which can load SoundFont2 instruments. So you will not need to install extra plugins to use Soundfonts into your FL Studio.
Watch this video and see how exactly to use Soundfonts into Fl Studio, and then come back to read more…
For Reason music makers, use NN-XT to play Soundfonts.
You can use Soundfonts in any DAW with MIDI capability. If your music software does not natively support SF2 format, no problem, there are plenty soundfont players that ca be used alongside with your music software. Load it like any other Vst plugin, locate the soundfont and there you go!
Here are some free Soundfonts players:
- DSK SF2 v2 – VST (32-bit Windows)
- sforzando – Standalone, VST, Audio Unit, RTAS (32-64-bit Windows/MAC OS)
- bs-0 – VST, Audio Unit (32-64-bit Windows/MAC OS)
- SFZero – Audio Unit for MAC OS, VST (Beta)
How I can get more soundfonts?
There is a great number of SoundFonts on HexLoops.com – some of them are free, some are not. We used very often Soundfonts to create our instrumentals. That’s why many who bought our sample packs found, along with MIDI and WAV files, all the Soundfonts files used in the creation process.