Using Soundfonts Can Bring Great Results In Your Beats and Instrumentals
Though most may identify soundfonts as a thing of the past, soundfonts are actually being used often today as well as back then, and still pose to be a great benefit in using them to make hip hop beats, r&b instrumentals, or even cinematic movie scores. So why choose a soundfont in your production use? Soundfonts can be very powerful in sound quality at the use of much less CPU power than most Virtual Instruments may use. Soundfonts also weigh over WAV files in that they are mapped out to form a complete instrument or collection of instruments versus having to load up several WAV files in your digital audio workstation (DAW) to replicate one complete instrument. The use of soundfonts has still proven to be very effective in making hot hip hop beats and rap beats, as well as making deep and emotional R&B instrumentals and ballads. If you are considering using Soundfonts in your music production, make sure you glance below to see how you may be able to load up Soundfonts into your program. All sounds sold on SoundsForBeats.com with the exception of drum kits at this time, are in Soundfont (.sf2) format.
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How To Load Up Soundfonts:
Within the VST Plugin SFZ+ Soundfont Player included on this site:
* Simply Download the above soundfonts and save them somewhere that you remember. You can create a folder called Soundfonts on your PC if that is helpful.
* Download the SFZ+ Soundfont Player that is available on this website, and install it as directed.
* On the Top Portion of the SFZ+ Player, you will see "File". Click on that box and the pop up box will appear for you to search for the soundfont you wish to load.
* Load it up, and It should then be queued up into the player itself. You can then audition either with your MIDI keyboard or whatever you may have set up to play notes on your music program.
* PLEASE NOTE: The SFZ+ Soundfont Player is a VST Plugin that needs to be installed first. You can then search for it within the VST Plugins that you have on whichever program you may be using. You can read more on the SFZ+ download page.
Within FL Studio using the Fruity Soundfont Player (you need Full Version of the player in order for your loaded up sounds to stay in place):
* Download the above Soundfonts and save them to this directory: FL Studio (7,8,9, etc you may have) / Data / Patches / Soundfonts
* If you have FL Studio open, close it and restart it up again.
* The Soundfonts should now appear in your browser collection of sounds under the category "Soundfonts". You may then be able to dropdown the menu, right click on it and select "Open in New Channel". This should then open a Fruity Soundfont Player with the soundfont you loaded up.
* Again, please note, you can load up the demo Fruity Soundfont Player, but if you don't have the full version, then when you return to your project, the soundfonts you loaded up will not be there and you will have to load them up again. This is a FL Studio limitation, not my soundfont limitations. Simple solution is to either purchase the Fruity Soundfont Player from www.flstudio.com or to download the free VST Soundfont Player on this site on the Free Player page.
Within Propellerheads Reason
* Download the above Soundfonts and save them to a directory you may have associated with Reason.
* Simply load up an NN-XT Rack Plugin onto your Reason, and then you can load up the soundfonts in that plugin.
Within Programs like Cubase, Sonar, Logic, etc that support VST Plugins
* Download the Free VST Soundfont Player from the Free Player page within the Members Area and install it onto your PC.
* Download the above soundfonts onto your PC and save them where you will best remember where you saved them.
* Load up your VST Soundfont Player plugin and then follow the steps above under "Within the VST Plugin SFZ+..."
* Download the above downloads onto your computer and save them where you feel will work best.
* You may check out this webpage to view how to load up a soundfont on your computer. Note, not all Soundfonts work with Garageband, per Garageband limitations to which cannot be verified as there is no access to an Apple PC on this end.
Disclaimer: Although all sounds should work with most or all plugins and programs, SoundsForBeats.com does not guarantee that all soundfonts will work accordingly, as different music programs and plugins may function differently depending on the program used or the PC used.
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