I knew I could get it better. Despite several hard drives having very serious problems (disconnected my main MIDI working drive), I worked from a sounbdfont backup, re-downloaded some MIDIs to test it.
Pretty much just as much 'oomph' in the sound, but less room reverbaration and more upfront. In some respects more like I've had it in the past, keeping the integrity of quality in the original samples. This could be it.
Much better reverb settings, maybe final. I can't really tell as I'm still not setup right, having to listen on different sets of not so great speakers to hear different things. Despite this it's sounding more like a room full of instruments rather than a room full of reverb. More like I had in the past, more clarity and definition, yet from what I have learned, more reverb, more control.
System latency is at an all time high, struggling to drag and drop files to play without copying files to desktop or selecting or playing something else along the way. Highlighting text to copy and paste is just as problematic. Which means it's virtually impossible to edit samples and soundfonts. I am really struggling now with this old rig.
John Williams demo updated, and the other is a festive track (could change as I've not concentrated as much on other instruments so much as the orchestral ones).
I've not been working on the soundfont much, but recently have started some very basic fixes and tweaks.
Aside from the previously mentioned problems with my outdated PC, I've had some audio hardware problems which need the proper technical attention. At the moment I'm downgraded to some much older PC speakers so I can't really do the little work I wanted to as the sound isn't nearly up to scratch. Hanging in ther, folkks.
I was planning on putting any future donations for the soundfont towards a new PC rig. But now it seems it might have to be reversed to for it to happen anytime soon. Many problems with Windows 10 on my rig, so much so that I'm considering applying for some sort of crowd funding, something I've never considered before or wanted to do. I'll research and leave that decision for the new year.
I've uploaded a couple of recent demos. One purely for the festive season. The other, whilst not being able to work on things that need fixing, I've at least managed to tinker with the reverb settings (in between making many backups before software or system failure). I'm quite pleased with the results, demonstrated by the composing genius that is John Williams, and the MIDI sequencing skills of Gary Wachtel aka GaryW0001, quality work.