A General MIDI soundfont named GENERAL MIDI (General, as in the rank). Demonstrates examples of my soundfont's capabilities.

Done, pretty much.

By GEN MIDI on February 13, 2018

Staccato samples tuned, added to String Section, makes a world of difference. Plenty of alterations. I had been using temporary small speakers for too long, too much high end. Replaced with full range high-fi speakers. Just requires more previewing on another better sound setup in house, then could be ready for release.

"Stay on Target."

By GEN MIDI on January 07, 2018

Some optimisation has occured, but the size has crept back up to 1.79 Gb as I've added some better quality saxophones. Currently trying to tune a couple of instruments which will make the strings sound so much better. Tedious, but it will pay off.

"Almost there..."

By GEN MIDI on November 30, 2017

Everytime I think I'm nearly ready to release, something else comes up. I found I was using some soundfonts that were from a commercial release, so I've worked hard to remove those and find similar sounding free samples (something not everyone bothers to do, I've noticed). Now it's sounding better than ever! More instruments, and now slightly smaller at around 1.7Gb in size.

String Ensemble really sounds great, but I may have to optimise it somewhat as there are so many active voices at times I get crackling or slow down (only on one or two high polyphonic tracks, none game based), and although I've not got the most modern PC rig, there may be plenty of older machine owners out there whom could appreciate the optimisation.

Again I find myself revisiting the synth reverb settings. Listening to midi on my PC sounds great, but on an even better home cinema system it sounds like it could still do with even more reverb (primarily orchestral instruments I'm talking about h read more...

Still kicking!

By GEN MIDI on May 09, 2017

After experiencing some technical difficulties, work on the soundfont continues at pace. Although it may be harder for some to tell any difference to the old samples online now, there have been many changes and alterations, and also additions. The ultra realistic natural decay of some instruments are now gone, which would be most notible. But this is due to a lot of time spent looping some of the instruments samples, as nice as the natural decay was, some of the instruments just faded out too quickly even though the music requires the instrument to sound it's notes for much longer. This is now fixed, and the original samples will still be obtainable from other online sources (best of both worlds). Overall I'm still trying to get things to sound as realistic as I can with the free materials available.

As work continues, and ideas are put into production, I have to start thinking of how and where to host this soundfont (currently around 1.8Gb in size).

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