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Re: [fluid-dev] Re: [LAU] Yamaha Disklavier Pro grand piano (132MiB, new

From: Paul Giblock
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Re: [LAU] Yamaha Disklavier Pro grand piano (132MiB, new improved version )
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:16:28 -0400

This is good news. I love this soundfont! Thanks for sharing.


On Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 7:02 PM, Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas
<address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi all,
> For fluidsynth-devel list people, here is the complete thread of this message:
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.audio.users/50260
> First of all: thank you very much, Roberto, for sharing your soundfont! Great
> stuff!
> On Sunday, September 14, 2008, Roberto Gordo Saez wrote:
>> On Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 03:02:19PM -0600, Stephen Doonan wrote:
>> > I downloaded the soundfont and imported it into qsynth, to play with my
>> > external MIDI keyboard. Is this the way you yourself would use the
>> > soundfont (with qsynth)? Or would you load the soundfont into some other
>> > software or hardware?
>> Yes, it can be used in qsynth. I also use qsynth myself.
> QSynth is only a GUI front-end for the FluidSynth library. Any soundfont that
> can be used with QSynth is also valid for the FluidSynth commandline client,
> and any other FluidSynth front-end.
>> > In qsynth, the base layer (piano) is triggered on MIDI channel 1, and
>> > the other velocity layers (piano layer 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) are assigned (by
>> > default, anyway) to MIDI channels 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
>> Actually, only the channel 1 is needed, it does contain all the layers
>> included into it. They will be triggered automatically by programming
>> different velocity levels in a sequencer or playing your external MIDI
>> keyboard at different pressure levels. It is very easy, just attach
>> your MIDI keyboard to the channel 1 and start playing.
>> The other channels in the soundfont are there for debugging or special
>> purposes. For example, if you want a particular track of your sequencer
>> to always sound bright, you could attach it to the channel 2. Under
>> normal conditions you probably want to use the channel 1 only.
>> Note that the pressure levels may vary between keyboard models. In my
>> cheap keyboard I can only reach around velocity 110 no matter how strong
>> I press the keys. Other people could find the opposite: that the strong
>> layer is reached extremely soon, at soft levels. So that is what I was
>> asking for feedback on the different keyboards (my keyboard is not a
>> good reference).
> Some problems have been detected in FluidSynth regarding dynamic range when
> triggered by MIDI velocity parameters, and have been fixed recently in the
> FluidSynth development repository by S. Christian Collins, who is also a
> soundfont designer and author of the excellent GeneralUser GS SF2.
> http://www.sccmusic.250x.com
> I've been listening with your SF some pieces recorded with real Disklavier
> instruments from this page: http://www.piano-e-competition.com/midi_2008.asp
> some of them having a big range of dynamics, for instance, this one:
> http://www.piano-e-competition.com/MIDIFiles/2008/Khmara02.MID
> I think that the current development version of FluidSynth sounds much better
> than 1.0.8 with these kind of music, but I would like to hear your opinions.
> Regards,
> Pedro
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