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Can Logic Pro work with soundfont (sf2) files?

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Apr 3, 2013 2:09 PM

Just curious. I have Garageband and the DLS Music Player has no way to change banks or presets for downloaded sf2 files except by sending a "program change" event from a midi controller. Can logic pro do that? I.e., if I load an sf2 file, can it use different banks and presets within that sf2 file, or is it limited to only the very first of each like Garageband?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 2012 non-retina 15"
  • chorleyman Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
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    Apr 4, 2013 7:15 AM (in response to SoulRed12)

    An altrnative idea would be to use soundfont files in the EXS24 sampler - you put your soundfont files into ~/Library/Application Support/Logic/Sampler Instruments folder and Logic creates an EXS instrument automatically. You could then use multiple instances of the EXS rather than using Program Change (I don't think many people use Program Change using sequencers nowadays, or, at least not for changing instrument sounds, they have uses in controlling external equipment).

     

    There's more information about using sf2 files in the EXS24 section of the Logic Studio Instruments manual, but I have done this myself on the odd occasion and it is pretty straightforward.

  • chorleyman Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 6:31 AM (in response to SoulRed12)

    Oh, I see, you don't have Logic yet - well, what I meant was that, once you've got your sf2 files into the EXS, just have a track for each different sound (open up an EXS24 on each track). If you need to use a lot of tracks, you can use Logic's 'Bounce in Place' feature, which instantly creates an audio file for you from the software instrument region you've created for any particular sound, so you don't need to think about banks of presets or program changes etc..

     

    Logic comes with a vast array of software instruments and presets for them, along with a huge number of loops, if that's your thing - you may well find that good quality sounds that you want are already there and you won't need to use soundfont files anyway. If you've been using Garageband and want to take your work further, Logic is probably the next, well, logical step.

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