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Some tips for free sampling/soundbanks in Windows
Old 23rd August 2007
Some tips for free sampling/soundbanks in Windows

Just posted this elsewhere but thought you guys might find a use for it too- sampling stuff if you're on a zero-budget, in Windows (98/XP/2k/etc).

Free VSTi SoundFont(sf2)/sfz player (Windows):

Free VSTi Gigasampler/SoundFont player (Windows):
  • VSTSynthfont

    Synthfont is more advanced than sfz and can handle one soundbank to every MIDI channel, but has almost double the CPU usage. However, it plays GigaStudio files.

A variety of other sample players are available here, - some wav, some soundfont - be aware that the other soundfont players are either incompatible with a wide variety of sf2's, buggy, or do not implement internal ADSR or looping (tested).

Free soundbank convertor:
  • Chicken System's Translator Free

    Has some limitations, but can convert soundbanks from one format to another seamlessly.
    Often a good way to utilise free Gigastudio/Kontakt files is to translate them to rgc:audio's sfz format, then use the sfz VSTi above to play them. Low CPU usage, and free.
Free SoundFonts(sf2):
  • sf2midi

    Sf2midi is often the fastest way to find the SoundFont you're looking for, requires free, painless registration.
There are, of course, an absolute ton of other sample sites out there on the net, as detailed in many, many other threads, for example here (SoundFonts only) , and here (samples in general).

Realtime Midi manipulation VST's
I have personally found Tobybear's Midibag VST plugins to be absolutely life-saving for MIDI-manipulation when dealing with softsynths, in general. The humanisator, in particular, come in handy, often.
Another one is NiallM's ndcMIDI Pack.

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