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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Announcing Libre Orchestra

From: Aaron Wolf
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Announcing Libre Orchestra
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:53:32 -0700

On 09/19/2017 03:35 PM, Lyberta wrote:
> Hi.
> 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
> files.
> * VSCO Community Edition - public domain but control files are extremely
> bad quality. Could be intentional to guide users to its full proprietary
> version.
> 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.

WONDERFUL! I hope to find time to check it out soon (just so busy with and other things, still needing to get my own music
backlog published online under libre terms soon…)

Thanks for sharing!

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