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Recommended Soundfonts?

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On 10/14/2018 at 5:03 AM, TheUltimateDoomer666 said:

Guess I'll use the bump to link my soundfonts folder (minus the commercial stuff, of course).  This will probably be helpful for some who are looking for some new soundfonts to try.

Link to folder:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TbLOvr6GwqrxteWH8RD7Z7Q7t8q-vsIe

 

Here's the readme file:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1K4zaFi_rYnAE7hEDnaz99MQW3WW1rYXP

 

Now, as for recommendations, I'm just going to say that the vast majority of soundfonts are not going to sound "correct" in old games because the instrument balance is inevitably going to get thrown out of whack.  You'd be surprised at the number of soundfonts that make no attempt to sound balanced or even usable for General MIDI playback.  Even fewer are able to play some of DOOM's more unusual MIDI sections properly (the "DOOM" voice in the intro of DOOM II Map 5 and the marching sounds in DOOM II Map 31 are two effects that a lot of soundfonts and MIDI synthesizers screw up).  Another problem that happens with certain soundfonts is when the Overdriven and Distortion Guitar presets use the same samples, so E1M1 ends up with pretty bad phasing (AWE32's 1 MB GM bank is guilty of this).

However, there are a few that stand out for varying reasons:

* 1mgm.sf2 - This is an SF2-compatible version of the classic AWE32 1 MB General MIDI synthesizer.
* Voice Crystal 4 MB GM v4.1 by Eye & I Productions - This is a commercial soundfont made by the same company that made the original GUS patches.  This soundfont is probably the closest to the Roland SC-55 in terms of balance and consistency, and is one of my favorites.  However, I cannot share it because this one is a commercial product.

* Arachno Soundfont v1.0 by Maxime Abbey - A popular free soundfont optimized for classic DOS games.  Not perfectly well-balanced, but the instruments are very "big" and high quality.  One of my favorite soundfonts.

* GeneralUser GS by S. Christian Collins - Another popular free soundfont.

* sYnerGi GS - A formerly commercial, professional soundfont that has "Totally balanced instruments [so that] the bank will play all standard midi files without any problems with dynamics or otherwise."  However, there are playback-breaking flaws (see my _readme.txt linked above).

* Utopia Live! 2.0 - Another formerly commercial, professional soundfont.  There are 4 versions:  Default Stereo Panned Percussion (P), Light Edition (P LE), Pianos Enhanced (P PE), and SteroID Percussion (S).  This soundfont "has a unique warm/ambient sound and a huge effort has been made to get it as close as possible to the 'balance' of the Roland SoundCanvas and thus ensure correct MIDI playback with nearly all types of music."  I don't really like the electric guitars, though; I think they're too muddy.

* SONIVOX 24 MB GS - Formerly commercial.  This one would be nice if half the instruments weren't in the wrong octave.

* SONIVOX 250 MB GS - Formerly commercial.  Used to cost $99.99 at one point.  Horrible balance, horrible drums, and horrible velocity layers.

* Retro Synth and Industrial Dance by SONIVOX - Formerly commercial.  They're supposed to be GM-compatible, but they just make MIDIs sound really, really weird.
* Black Tyros GM Edition - Commercial, so I can't share it.  Absolutely awful.  Numerous issues make this one borderline unusable for MIDI playback.

Thanks for sharing.

Edited by Interdimensional_

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On 12/19/2017 at 1:23 PM, AdirBlaz said:

If you mean a soundfont to make the music sound better to listen to, I found this.

 

Download: https://www.mediafire.com/file/zo8l3dgf2989266/SGM-V2.01.7z

 

EDIT: Here's another I found, if you feel like checking out another.

http://schristiancollins.com/generaluser.php

 

If you require TiMidity or something else to use this, then here's a pack of midi devices: http://www.moddb.com/games/doom/addons/audiopack-for-zdoom-and-gzdoom

Imo, sgm is hit or miss. Some songs are good and some are meh. Touhou.sf2 is a more versatile soundfont. Fair warning, it is 250 megabytes. It's worth it, though.

https://musical-artifacts.com/artifacts?formats=sf2&order=top_rated&tags=touhou

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6 hours ago, GlebyGlobster said:

Imo, sgm is hit or miss. Some songs are good and some are meh. Touhou.sf2 is a more versatile soundfont. Fair warning, it is 250 megabytes. It's worth it, though.

https://musical-artifacts.com/artifacts?formats=sf2&order=top_rated&tags=touhou

I never understood why that was called the "Touhou" SoundFont or why the description says it's "from the Touhou series of games". I am not familiar with the Touhou games, but as far as I can tell this is not a SoundFont that the games used, nor does it even contain instruments from the games. It's just a collection of public domain samples.

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