Author Topic: Multi-sampled instruments - Where/how to get them? [solved]  (Read 448 times)

Offline Fodder

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Where do I get those instruments that have multiple samples that play at different pitch ranges that help the instrument stay sounding natural even when it goes really high up or down?

I've been seeing them in other project files and idk where people get them. Are they from synthesizers? If so, how would you get an instrument from a synth you own?
« Last Edit: August 20, 2019, 21:54:21 by Fodder »

Offline Saga Musix

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Re: Multi-sampled instruments - Where/how to get them?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2019, 21:50:10 »
Generally they come from the same sources as single samples, but are naturally more work to create. I create all my multi-samples from a variety of hardware synthesizers using Extreme Sample Converter (it can do VST plugins, too). There I export them as SFZ files as that's pretty much the only format that OpenMPT is interoperable with. I'm sure you will find some free SFZ files online but SFZ is also the backing format for many commercial sound libraries (but many of those SFZ files are too complex for OpenMPT to handle), in particular for acoustic instruments.

I also have a large variety of multisamples from hardware synthesizers available at ftp://ftp.untergrund.net/users/sagamusix/samples/
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Re: Multi-sampled instruments - Where/how to get them?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2019, 21:54:09 »
Thank you!

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Re: Multi-sampled instruments - Where/how to get them? [solved]
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2019, 21:04:23 »
I got my collection by searching for sbk, sfz, sf2, soundfont bank, general midi sounds, to name a few search terms. Keep in mind that there are converters to convert between the various formats. There is even the sfpack format which is basically a zipped format of an sfz or sf2 file which you can extract using sfpack. The only downside with sfpack is that the samples are stored with a compression algorithm similar to mp3, so the quality is slightly reduced, but the filesize is significantly reduced too.

I have 200mb general midi banks that have amazing sounds. I can use it with my soundcard to play .mid files nicely, but I can also use the same bank with VSTi plugins to play an individual instrument from that huge bank. Do keep in mind that if this is your approach, your song will utilize a lot of memory that is usually not necessary.
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