Multiple instruments in one sfz file (GM Compatible sfz)

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Multiple instruments in one sfz file (GM Compatible sfz)

Postby Steele » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:40 pm

Hello,

I want to create an GM compatible sfz instrument bank. This means an sfz which has references to multiple instruments/samples.
You just load the one sfz and then can change the instrument via MIDI CC for instrument change (patch).

Does the sfz format support this?
Does Linuxsample support this?
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Re: Multiple instruments in one sfz file (GM Compatible sfz)

Postby varpa » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:46 am

I don't know the answer to your question, but the SFZ format is documented here:
http://www.cakewalk.com/DevXchange/article.aspx?aid=108

and linuxsampler implementation is documented here:
http://www.linuxsampler.org/sfz/
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Re: Multiple instruments in one sfz file (GM Compatible sfz)

Postby yuba » Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:21 am

I know this is an old thread but I've been looking into the same thing myself recently and came upon it, so I thought I'd reply in case anyone else is wondering about this.

I'm quite new to sfz too, but I haven't seen any files at all with a full GM range of instruments in the same "selectable" manner as something like an sf2. However, sfz does support keyswitching, so you can have multiple instruments in the same file. While this won't get you a full GM-compatible set (you lose a note each time you add a switch), it's very handy and the switch seems more or less instantaneous.

If you want to see how it works, have a look at the keyswitched files here.
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