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Resonator Glockenspiel

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Translation of: unreal-instruments Soundfont Guitar

Standard Guitar sforzando

It is a SoundFont for electric guitars for
Various playing styles such as sustain, mute, pulling, and hammering can be accessed with a key switch.
44.1kHz / 24Bit Flac
B1 ~ E5 stereo (doubling)
F5 ~ D6 monaural
Round robin (up to 16)
About 2400 samples
Sampling a humbucker pickup guitar
Recording noise such as picking noise and stop noise
Vibrato control and resonance control by control change
This library is a DI recording
Make sounds with your amp simulator
Confirmed operation with sforzando v1.916
It is a sound source that can be displayed in GUI
Installation guide
Operating manual
Other instruments

The download is some 720Mb

One of several other sources: has samples in different formats, I suspect the most expressive versions are in Kontakt format.

You can Google “sfz”
to identify about 53 .sfz examples

Herer’s a 7 min. youtube video story of the 110 year old Steinway B sampled in the “Sol’s Piano” download at pianobook.


Have you make it (ui-guitar) work on Zynthian?
I’ve loaded samples, but it seems it has a lot of tags not supported by Linux Sampler.

No, I did not upload this instrument to Zynthian and did not plan to do so.
Linuxsampler, is really too primitive for such complex instruments a priori.

I publish freely distributed sample sets in this topic, meaning that you will most likely use this on a computer with VSTi, like Sforzando or Sfizz…
some samples will work in Zynthian, and some will not…

you can also post your findings here… join us :slight_smile:

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About 50 - SF2 soundfonts bundled with Squishbox, aRaspberry Pi based stompbox, with a 2 line text display. (I believe he pulled together some Public Domain fonts)
It uses his FluidPatcher code which allows CC messages to control Fluidsynth2.

Click table for a more legible size

Perhaps most interesting is his ModSynth_R1.sf2 demonstrating the sort of performance parameters supported by SF2. It has an analog synth like set of 19 CC controllable parameters (right column above). I briefly examined it in sforzando, where the additional parameters don’t appear (have not yet tried controller keyboard.) this demo is a tiny file with only square or sawtooth oscillator options.


Good catch @MaxMaxis , thks

This sounds really interesting. We should consider:

  • including a curated list of SF2 files with zynthian
  • implementing a mechanism for detecting the supported CCs on each soundfont

@MaxMaxis , please, could you open these 2 tasks on the issue tracker?

Perhaps you could work on the first one. I’m pretty sure that somebody will implement the second one :wink:


I just created this feature request:


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I’m interested in more continuous controller expression control, for example, some wind controllers also send head tilt info, giving 2 parameter controls.

Kontakt seems to be the ultimate orchestration expression control platform. The Sforzando sfz engine accepts 15 CC# inputs mainly for envelope, chorus and reverb control.

Something that automatically patched an sf2 for a particular performance control setup, each time the sf2 gets loaded (if possible). The simplest case mapping CC2 (wind input) to modulation inputs.: sustain level of the ADSR volume envelope and assign assign a descending curve to the Primary Mapper.

( externally remapping the CC#2 to another CC is probably insufficient.)

Sorry about the confusion, I had mentioned the guy with the Squishbox hardware project, who created FluidPatcher for headless operation with CC control, he also created a one-off experimental SoundFont ModSynth, which has 19 CC controls preassigned to instrument parameters, giving analog synth knob like instrument control.


Here’s a partial snapshot of the ModSynth.sf2 soundfont’s 19 internal CC → modulator mapping, as viewed in Polyview editor. (Any chance of reaching into a stock soundfont and setting such patches at runtime)

Yes, this are also my way. I atached wave ring from GENKI on my AKAI EWI USB. Now I waiting for new WIDI Uhub and WIDI Bud Pro for wireless conection. So it is time for editing sf2 files… thanks for your example.

Hi @zynthianers!

I just implemented a mechanism that allows to define “custom zynthian controllers” for SF2 soudnfonts that support it. It uses a YML file with the same format is currently used for defining zynthian controller for PureData patches.

I’ve created an example for the ModSynth_R1.sf2:

sf2_file: "ModSynth_R1.sf2"

  midi_cc: 71
  value: 64
  midi_cc: 74
  value: 64
  midi_cc: 73
  value: 16
  midi_cc: 75
  value: 16
  midi_cc: 75
  value: 16
  midi_cc: 76
  value: 64
  midi_cc: 72
  value: 16
  midi_cc: 77
  value: 16
  midi_cc: 78
  value: 16
  midi_cc: 79
  value: 16
  midi_cc: 80
  value: 16
  midi_cc: 81
  value: 16
  midi_cc: 82
  value: 0
  midi_cc: 83
  value: 16
  midi_cc: 85
  value: 0
  midi_cc: 86
  value: 0
  midi_cc: 87
  value: 0
  midi_cc: 88
  value: 0
  midi_cc: 89
  value: 0
  midi_cc: 90
  value: 0

The YML file must have the same filename that the soudnfont, but with “yml” extension instead of “sf2”. (ModSynth_R1.yml in this case) The file must be located in the same directory that the soundfont file is.

I wonder if it could be useful to extend the mechanism to the sfizz/linuxsampler engines. Do you have some SFZ that supports custom modulators/controllers?

Ahh! For testing this you have to point your repositories like that:

  • zynthian-ui: sfizz
  • zynthian-sys: sfizz
  • zynthian-webconf: testing
  • zynthian-data: testing
  • zyncoder: testing

Update your zynthian and reboot.



Sorry to say, I hunted around for some time without finding other sf2 examples with multiple modulation inputs. (besides the experimental ModSynth_R1.sf2) supporting more variations of SFZ might be useful, An lv2 plugin for ModUI that displayed the GUI embedded in some sforzando files might be the ultimate.

Some triviaI encountered:
Coincidentally the ModSynth_R1.sf2 author has lesson1.yaml - lesson3.yaml files that go with his Fluidpatcher bank file creation youtube lessons.

I saw a sf3 standard proposal that better matched sfz format capabilities while retaining the embedded samples, and a linked modulator suggestion.
It seems that the compressed soundfont format by musescore is the closest thing to an sf3 standard (Comments suggest their software responsiveness requirements are lower than DAWs).

A paper: SoundFont 2.1 Application Note from 1998, lists these as the available Modulators for sf2.1

Key On Velocity                    MIDI CC 7       
Key Number                         MIDI CC 9  
Pitch Wheel                        MIDI CC 10   
Channel Pressure                   MIDI CC 11        
Pitch Wheel Sensitivity            MIDI CC 21               
Modulation Wheel                   MIDI CC 22        
Breath Control (CC 2?)             MIDI CC 23
                                   MIDI CC 24                   
                                   MIDI CC 91 

Ultimate SoundFont Pack

This a dated collection of 1232 sound fonts, the newest 145 are from 2016, 85% are over 10 years old, 50 are over 20 years old… You might find some gems you have not seen before. (2.97 gig uncompressed)

These appear to be the only tuned instrument soundfonts on, (they have a few drum soundfont packs) They have quite a few files, mainly raw .wav file collections, I saw a number of captured notes from instruments, which might be a good start for your own custom soundfont.

Here’s a sample of the first 45 titles:

+String Combo.sf2                    143-Brass Section.sf2     554-Flobakks Choir  Aahs (736KB).sf2                                        
+Synths & Keys.sf2                   198_Legato_strings.sf2    702-BuenaStrat_Marshall.SF2                                                  
000_Florestan_Piano.sf2              198_Stratocaster_VS.sf2   1115_Bell_Melody_MI_(899KB).sf2                                                   
1-FantasyPiano.sf2                   198-Hollywood ST.SF2      1115_Fylz_Classic_Metal.sf2                                                  
1Pluck_YC.sf2                        198-Prophet Piano VS.sf2  1115_Xilofono.sf2                                                       
4OPFM.SF2                            198-TekPiano.sf2          1115-Bass Jam.SF2                                                   
5-strings.SF2                        198-U20 ST choir.SF2      1115-Bell Melody MI (899KB).sf2                                         
014 Tubular Bells.sf2                198-VS jzz Organ.SF2      1115-Filter Bass 1.SF2                                            
014_Florestan_Tubular_Bells_and_glide.sf2     241-Solina.SF2   1115-FLUTE__Large.SF2                                      
23violinens_mrt_stacc.sf2            241-Bassguitars.SF2       1115-JazzMelodic.sf2                                                                
040_Florestan_String_Quartet.sf2     242_Gibson_Les_Paul.sf2   A053 FS Musicbox.sf2                                                                       
045_Florestan_Pizzicato.sf2          336_Massive_strings.sf2   A055 Kalimbells.sf2                                                                   
052_Florestan_Ahh_Choir.sf2          361-Organ B3.SF2          A074 Toy Box.sf2                                                                      
142-Brass Section.sf2                459-!27Sintes!!!!.sf2     AAAHs.sf2                                                                       
142-Pizzstr.sf2         459-GuitarSetPasisHeavyAndClean.sf2    AbasYamaha.sf2                  

I forgot the :face_with_monocle: on my last comment:

Simply making some noize with the “ModSynth_R1.sf2” and the custom modulators. I must say i’m really impressed about the modulation capabilities of the SF2 standard.