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Re: General MIDI Synthesizer: soundfont question

From: Michael Koch
Subject: Re: General MIDI Synthesizer: soundfont question
Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 11:52:33 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.9i

On Sat, Oct 08, 2005 at 03:14:11PM -0700, Anthony Green wrote:
> Sun's JRE includes a MIDI Synthesizer provider licensed from Beatnik
> Software[1].  I believe the default Synthesizer is a basic General MIDI
> (GM)[2] wavetable synthesizer using Beatnik's proprietary wavetable
> sound format. 
> For GNU Classpath, we can also make the default synthesizer a GM capable
> synthesizer.  The core synthesis can be provided by
> FluidSynth[3]-via-DSSI preconfigured to use a GM soundfont[4].  I expect
> to have the FluidSynth DSSI part working properly in short order.
> The only real problem is how to get a GM soundfont.  There are lots of
> free-as-in-beer soundfonts out there, including a few high-quality
> free-as-in-beer GM soundfonts.  The problem is that I can't find any
> with clear licensing terms.  Most say things like "I created this GM
> soundfont by cobbling together free samples from the net".  I can't find
> anything that any project (GNU, Fedora, etc) caring about these things
> would agree to redistribute.
> So, does anybody have a lead on a redistributable GM soundfont?
> There are good Free tools[5] for creating soundfonts, so that is always
> an option as a last resort.

Can you ask the Agnula [1] guys? They work on linux sound support and free
distrubutions (e.g. DeMuDi) since a long time. They should have a
solution for this.


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