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Re: [fluid-dev] Re: [Swami-devel] Re: [Linuxsampler-devel] Is there any

From: Peter Hanappe
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Re: [Swami-devel] Re: [Linuxsampler-devel] Is there any progress???
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 00:16:17 +0100
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Josh Green wrote:
On Tue, 2003-03-18 at 01:12, Steve Harris wrote:

Givent that one of the main goals of linuxsampler was to have disk
streamed sample playback, how much effort is required to add this, and
would it fit with the currect architecture - I guess it would go into fluid?

- Steve

I have suggested streamed sample playback on the FluidSynth list a few
times. It sounds like it is on the todo list for next major release (who
knows when that will be). <chop>

The current view of some of
the FluidSynth developers is that it isn't really necessary.

Streamed sample playback is on my todo list for quite a while now.
However, the first goal was to develop a synthesizer that is MIDI
and SoundFont compatible. Version 1.0 pretty much satisfies that goal.
As soon as we split of the development branch (version 1.1.x) we can
start adding sample streaming.

Maybe the better thing to do is to improve the current
sfloader and sample API and add the intelligence of the sample
streaming (i.e. caching, preloading) in libInstPatch rather than in

From what I currently know of FluidSynth goals, it currently falls short
of the linuxsampler goal of multi patch format support. FluidSynth is
likely to remain SoundFont based, but its sfloader API that I use to
interface Swami's instruments to it is generic enough to allow any
format to be synthesized (within the constraints of SoundFont

I'm of the opinion that it's better that FluidSynth implements the
SoundFont synthesis model as efficiently as possible instead of trying
to become a swiss army knife for wavetable synthesis. I think the users
benefit more from having the choice between several small but optimized
synthesizers rather than one big, buggy synthesizer. As you said,
additional patch types can be supported through libInstPatch, if they
map reasonably well to the SoundFont synthesis model.



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