INSTRUMENTS / GENERATORS

Fruity SoundFont Player

The SoundFont Player allows you to play the SoundFont format banks (sample libraries popular in the early 2000's). Alternatives include DirectWave that can play SoundFonts or FLEX contains a wide range of included acoustic and traditional multi-sampled instruments.

NOTES: SoundFonts are an excellent source of free multisampled acoustic instruments. Google it!

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Parameters

  • Load SoundFont (File icon) - This button is located in the top left corner of the interface. Click it and select a SoundFont2 instruments/drum kits bank file to load (*.sf2).
  • Edit SoundFont (Pencil icon) - This button is located in the top right corner of the interface. Click it to open the current SoundFont bank in a SoundFont editor to edit to instrument definitions. The first time you run this feature, the SoundFont player will ask you to browse and select a SoundFont Editor to be used for this button. We recommend the Polyphone Soundfont Editor.
  • Loaded Soundfont - Shows the name of the loaded SoundFont or SoundFont Bank.
  • Patch (Bank:Patch) - Click here to change the preset. Not all SoundFonts contain more than one preset, but many do!

Reverb

The SoundFont Player includes an integrated Reverb (Built-In) or you can use a Mixer Send track to add effects.

  • Send To - Select a Mixer Track Send to use for Reverb send effect. (Right-Click) the control to select a Mixer Track. NOTE: You can use this send track for any effects processing, the label is for convenience when used with an external send.
  • Send Amount knob - Controls the level of the audio sent to the Send Effect. More is more!
  • Preset override (switch next to knob) - Select this to adjust the Send Level to the built-in effect instead of sending to the Mixer.
  • Built-In - Use the internal Reverb effect.

Chorus

The SoundFont Player includes an integrated Chorus (Built-In) or you can use a Mixer Send track to add effects.

  • Send To - Select a Mixer Track Send to use for Chorus send effect. (Right-Click) the control to select a Mixer Track. NOTE: You can use this send track for any effects processing, the label is for convenience when used with an external send.
  • Send Amount knob - Controls the level of the audio sent to the Send Effect Mixer Track. More is more!
  • Preset override (switch next to knob) - Select this to adjust the Send Level to the built-in effect instead of sending to the Mixer.
  • Use Built-in - Use the internal Chorus effect.

Envelope 2

    Override the Volume Envelope settings used in the SoundFont patch:

  • Attack (A) - Initial volume ramp-up. If the underlying sample does not have a fast attack transient this control may not have much of an effect.
  • Decay (D) - Fall in level from the initial peak.
  • Sustain (S) - Level while the note/key is held.
  • Release (R) - Volume ramp-down after the note/key is released. If the underlying sample is not looped, or is short this control may not have much of an effect.

NOTE: Sliders set to minimum to disable overriding of the predefined values.

LFO2 Section

Override the Pitch LFO (Sine wave Low Frequency Oscillator) used in the SoundFont patch:

  • Predelay (DEL) - Delay before the LFO starts. Long delays can be used to add Pitch Vibrato at the end of held notes for example.
  • Amplitude (AMT) - The magnitude or extent of the Pitch modulation. NOTE: Fully left is OFF. Vertical (12 O'Clock) is zero amplitude with left and right being negative and positive phase LFO waveforms respectively.
  • Speed (SPD) - Rate of Pitch Modulation.

NOTE: Keep these knobs turned fully left to use the original patch values.

Misc Section

Override the Filter Cutoff used in the SoundFont patch:

  • CUT - Controls the Filter Cutoff of a Low-Pass filter.
  • MOD - Modulates the Filter Cutoff Frequency.

NOTE: Keep these turned fully left to use the original patch values.

Options

  • Resampling - Live and Render quality options. SoundFonts are sample-based, and some of the samples may be transposed as you play them up and down in pitch. When samples are transposed from their original (unity) pitch artifacts can creep into the sound. These options allow you to decide if you are all vintage and crunchy or pristine and modern. NOTE: These options only apply to transposed samples.
    • Crunchy - All the vintage goodness of that 1994 digital sound (linear resampling).
    • Standard - The default. Better than you got in 1994, stop complaining!
    • HQ - So you are fussy. Go ahead.
    • Extreme HQ - Can you hear the difference?
  • Velocity filter cutoff - Enable/Disable the default Velocity Filter Cutoff modulation to play SoundFonts with or without velocity filter cutoff effects.
  • EMU volume envelope - Classic EMU Volume Envelope curve as used by the EMU10K1 hardware for which SoundFonts were originally designed.
  • Fix unexpected levels (Ignore sample-layer links) - Switch this when troubleshooting unexpected levels in SoundFonts. Some SoundFonts re-use sample layers to create stereo effects, instead of the usual multiple layers approach. This may cause some patches to play unexpectedly quiet or loud and may affect just part of the keyboard range.