App for converting SF2 to WAV or similar?

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App for converting SF2 to WAV or similar?

Post by jimi_t » Mon Oct 09, 2006 5:59 pm

Is there a program available for splitting soundfonts into WAVs or is there a VSTi or Standalone app that can use soundfonts?
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Post by elmosexwhistle » Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:52 pm

there are quite a few free soundfont player vst's out there, i've never used them myself but i'm guessing they do the job, just google it...also, remember Kontakt and Halion can import soundfont files...x

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Post by Bitexion » Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:55 pm

Soundfont files usually contain lots of multisamples, so it's not as easy as just convert it to a single wav file.
But with players like Kontakt you can load them up and play the sounds as they are intended. You get SF2 files containing the complete DX7 soundbank, vintage synth collections etc, all sampled and layered across the keyboard when you load them up. So converting it to a single wav file would be useless.

I am sure there are tools out there that lets you extract all the wav files from a SF2 file though. But you'd have to do the job of layering them yourself, then.
Usually, to best represent the original sound, it is sampled from many points of the keyboard. Then all the WAV files are put in a directory, and they are assigned to different zones on the keyboard, so when you play from C0-C1 you get sample1.wav, from C1-C2 you get sample2.wav etc. This is so you won't get the usual timestretching when you change pitch of a single sample. The SF2 files have little index files that automatically place the samples in the correct keyzones for you.

I don't know the name of any free SF2 player, but I guess they are out there. I use a commercial one so I don't need them.

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Post by jimi_t » Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:03 am

s**t... I was hoping to split them for use with my sampler - an ESI 32 Turbo... BAH!
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Post by MrHope » Fri Oct 13, 2006 5:06 pm

There is a Windows program that can convert SoundFonts to Wav files, but the installation program is in German. I forget what the name of the program is. I thought it would be cool, but all of the Wav files it created were only a few milliseconds long. Apparently the waveforms are looped and controlled with envelopes otherwise, they would just be tiny blips.

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Post by Yeti » Fri Oct 13, 2006 5:13 pm

what about free converters for wav to mp3?
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Post by mwbassguy » Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:18 am

Yeti wrote:what about free converters for wav to mp3?
itunes, man.
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Post by Big Gnome » Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:32 am

The sampler in Logic can convert soundfonts to their component wavs + the exs instrument definition. If you have a few soundfonts you're really dying to convert, I'd be happy to help you out.
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Post by gmeredith » Thu Oct 19, 2006 6:47 am

The program is called Xtrakk:

http://homepages.compuserve.de/murmel99/software.htm

It works well, I've split up sf2 files that had several sounds in them okay.

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Post by Bitexion » Thu Oct 19, 2006 3:15 pm

iTunes is a huge, bloated horrible mess of a program to install for such a single purpose.

I found a small, effective converter called MP32Wav

It does exactly what the title says.

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Post by elmosexwhistle » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:12 pm

it's called Awave studio and it works a treat! you can download a shareware version which is fully functional! im currently converting sf2 files to akai 1st gen files with it...because my a3000 can read them! SCORE! x

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Post by Thefumigator » Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:46 am

elmosexwhistle wrote:it's called Awave studio and it works a treat! you can download a shareware version which is fully functional! im currently converting sf2 files to akai 1st gen files with it...because my a3000 can read them! SCORE! x
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Post by elmosexwhistle » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:32 am

i was, just waiting for a scsi lead now so i can hook up a cd rom drive to it and transfer programs like crazy shiz :) x

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