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SoundFontSynth & Leopard

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WarriorAnt Level 4 Level 4 (2,750 points)
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Jul 27, 2008 9:23 PM
It is my understanding that SoundFontSynth does not work under Leopard. Is this still true?

The only reason I haven't upgraded to Leopard is my heavy dependence on SoundFontSynth to access the multibanks of many soundfonts I own.

Has a replacement for SoundFontSynth been found or do I have to give it up along with my multibank access if I upgrade.
eMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Jul 28, 2008 7:47 AM (in response to WarriorAnt)
    I think I remember the last time I tried to use SFS under Leopard, the instruments sounded like the sustain pedal was pressed permanently. So it might work with instruments that don't support sustain ...
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  • Schneb Level 5 Level 5 (4,940 points)
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    Jul 28, 2008 4:00 PM (in response to WarriorAnt)
    The problem is not SoundFontSynth, but Apple's lack of care that DLSmusicDevice engine on which SoundFontSynth depends. It had a nasty habit of dropping its loaded samples without warning. That plus its author, Andy Drabble, got tired of reinventing the wheel every time Apple got the whim to completely change its OS foundation. I really can't blame him for that. The latest Intel version I got from him kills GarageBand 4 when you try to load an SF2 file.

    To me, the real villain in this plot is Apple for ignoring the outcry regarding DLSmusicDevice. From DAY ONE, they should have allowed the ability to choose from various instruments embedded therein. Today it barely works at all.
    2.8 8-Core MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 2gb RAM
  • Schneb Level 5 Level 5 (4,940 points)
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    Jul 29, 2008 3:10 PM (in response to WarriorAnt)
    I'm afraid not without problems. The closest you will ever find is PolyPhontics GB...
    http://www.sonicamigos.com/polyphonticsgb.php

    Try the demo and see how far you get.

    Why not alert us to the instruments you wish to use. Perhaps we know of some that can be used in GarageBand?
    2.8 8-Core MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 2gb RAM
  • Schneb Level 5 Level 5 (4,940 points)
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    Jul 30, 2008 3:21 PM (in response to WarriorAnt)
    I tried Crystal and could see no way of using my current SoundFont files.

    I think we are hosed--Soundfont wise.
    2.8 8-Core MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 2gb RAM
  • Schneb Level 5 Level 5 (4,940 points)
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    Jul 31, 2008 11:20 AM (in response to WarriorAnt)
    That would be good to know and try. Unfortunately, I cannot find a player that would work with GarageBand.

    What I really wish was out there is a utility that would create an EXS file from a SoundFont with a list of radio buttons to choose which instruments within the SoundFont to extract and convert.
    2.8 8-Core MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 2gb RAM
  • Schneb Level 5 Level 5 (4,940 points)
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    Jul 31, 2008 5:22 PM (in response to WarriorAnt)
    First problem. I can see no CrystalPatchBanks folder anywhere. Second is that I can find no where on the interface to even save a patch.
    2.8 8-Core MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 2gb RAM
  • Schneb Level 5 Level 5 (4,940 points)
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    Aug 1, 2008 11:09 AM (in response to WarriorAnt)
    I still was not able to get the patch banks to work, but no matter the Fonts folder does! Saving my patches is a no-need in that I can save whatever presets in GarageBand. So the big and small is that it works great so far as a SoundFont player--which is what we were looking for!

    Thanks for the lead, Warrior Ant.
    2.8 8-Core MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 2gb RAM
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