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Re: [fluid-dev] Supported Wave/Flac format other than SF2

From: Kjetil Matheussen
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Supported Wave/Flac format other than SF2
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 14:52:27 +0100

On Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 4:27 PM, Garth Hjelte <address@hidden> wrote:
At 10:36 PM 1/30/2015, you wrote:

Going by SF2 is going to be hard for developer to implement new soundfont, Native Instrument has supported Wav and Flac files and there are plenty audio loops (http://www.producerloops.com) on the web.
FluidSynth should consider implement support for these improvement.

Why? There are plenty of tools to build SoundFonts, even from FLAC. Consider mine: www.chickensys.com/translator or www.chickensys.com/constructor

FluidSynth is a player and should stay that way.

My 0.02:
For fluidsynth to sustain relevancy, I don't think it would be smart to reject patches that would support other formats than soundfonts. WAV and FLACS are not strictly necessary, since the soundfont format covers all features of these two (except the number of bits). However, supporting other formats would probably (although I don't know the internals that much, I just assume here), require some refactorization of the code to make it simpler to support other formats than soundfonts. And since both WAV and FLACS are simple formats, it would probably make sense to accept patches also for these types of files.

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