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[libreplanet-discuss] Announcing Libre Orchestra

From: Lyberta
Subject: [libreplanet-discuss] Announcing Libre Orchestra
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:35:00 +0000


I make orchestral music and was dissatisfied with the lack of quality
libre sampled orchestral instruments. There are a few gratis orchestras,
but none of them are good enough:

* Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra - licensed under CC-Sampling+ which
prohibits commercial distribution of the samples.
* No Budget Orchestra - contains a mix of free and non-free instruments.
* Virtual Playing Orchestra - same as NBO. Maintainer previously claimed
NC clause over the compilation but was corrected because it has CC-BY-SA
* VSCO Community Edition - public domain but control files are extremely
bad quality. Could be intentional to guide users to its full proprietary

So I decided to make orchestra with freedom in mind. I've taken all 100%
libre instruments from No Budget Orchestra into a separate project and
called it Libre Orchestra.

The orchestra uses SFZ format as it is the common format for gratis and
libre sampled instruments. However, there is no libre sampler for
GNU/Linux. LinuxSampler comes close but its backend has NC clause.
SFZero is MIT but has no GNU/Linux port.

The orchestra repository is hosted on GitLab and I provide ZIP and DEB
versions for download. I hope to see it in official Debian repository
and other 100% libre FSF approved distributions.

If you can contribute samples or SFZ files or make libre SFZ sampler,
your help will be greatly appreciated.

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