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SoundFont 2 (SF2) Instrument Collections
The following collections of instruments and samples have been sourced from around the Internet, and provide a large number of high-quality samples for use in your music. Most contain a full collection of General MIDI (GM) instruments (128 voices + drum kits), which can be loaded in reViSiT 1.8 or higher. These files are widely available on the net, and shared by their authors at no cost - and appear to be royalty-free, though the source of absolutely every sample cannot be confirmed. Please refer to the linked pages for further details.
General User GS (30.5mb -
download) - by S. Christian
A GM/GS compatible SoundFont bank for composing and playing MIDI files, designed to sound good with a wide variety of music styles. License permits commercial use, as well as modification and redistribution.
Fluid (R3) General MIDI SoundFont (GM) (144.8mb -
download) - by Frank Wen
A large, high-quality collection of multi-sampled GM/GS instruments, widely recognised as one of the best on the net.
Aspirin GM 1.6
download) - by Lee Kwon
A compact GM/GS compatible SoundFont bank, optimised for Popular Music.
HammerSound SoundFont Library - by Thomas
A website hosting hundreds of soundfonts, collected from across the net, listed by category (e.g. Keyboard, Synth, Collection, etc.).
SFZ Instrument Collections
SFZ was proposed as a replacement for SoundFonts and extends upon their capabilities. There are a number of additional sample and instrument collections available in SFZ format, including free orchestral and synthesizer samples. Unlike a single SoundFont's banks of presets, each SFZ file only describes one instrument and points to separate, external sample files (.wav/.ogg). The current beta version of reViSiT 1.8 has basic support for SFZ files, which will be extended in the run-up to release.
Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra -
A free orchestral sample library. While not as advanced or ambitious in scope as commercial offerings, SSO contains all the basic building blocks for creating real virtual orchestrations. It's primarily aimed at beginners, but also more experienced composers looking for something lightweight and/or portable might find it useful.
SFZ map files
These .sfz files are for use with sample file collections that have been made freely available elsewhere, notably including the University of Iowa's orchestral MIS samples, and will map the samples to areas of the keyboard.
The following links are to pages listing sources of sample files and collections (e.g. wav, .ogg, etc.) of various instruments without a preset information (SoundFont or SFZ data). Where the license allows, you could create SF2, sfz, or reViSiT instruments for use in your own music - but may be also share them with others on the reViSiT forum?
Free Sound Samples -
A massive 8GB+ collection containing 8458 samples, from a wide variety of sources and instruments, many with licenses that allow (and encourage) you to use and share them freely. Recommend you use the v2 torrent link at the top of the page, to avoid broken links. Please share any instruments (e.g. the Instrument.xml file from an RV .zip) you create on the reViSiT forum.
A comprehensive library of orchestral samples, which you can use in your works. However, you cannot redistribute the samples files themselves.
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