Honestly this is the best over all soundfont I've found yet. I switch in Akai Steinway III and Super Strings DTX quite a bit.
for 80 megs I really expected a lot better. I'm pretty new to the soundfont world but I've already heard much better on this site. I'll be deleting this one I guess. Then again who the hell am I to say.
Don't use this word very much,but it realy is SUPERB,I usually add this n that,but this one is now sacrosanct,stays exactly as it is,till I can find a good Paraguyan Harp,thanks so much
The Best SoundFont i've ever hear!!! Very special thank's to this or those people who created this bank! Enjoy!!!
Official README for Airfont 340
Translation by babelfish.altavista.com
Edited by Jeremy Nicoll
AirFont 340, v1.01
Copyright 2004 by Milton Paredes
1. - Introduction
2. - Minimal Requirements
3. - Loading into soundcards
4. - EAX Configuration.
5. - Credits and Thanks
6. - Contact Me
Thank you for downloading AirFont 340. Airfont is set to the specifications of the General MIDI GS, that offers exceptional quality of sound for its size. Although the soundfont is 78 MB, it has the quality of a bank size of 220 MB. This bank is very versatile, you can find the recorded sounds of Roland, Yamaha, E-MU, Korg Triton and MI, as well as realistic orchestral instruments that I have found on the Internet. Because I have been dissatisfied with the results of many soundfonts off of the Internet, I present to you my personal soundfont that is designed for all types of music, whatever its genre.
2. Minimum Requirements.
Any of the following Operating Systems:
Windows 98 or Higher
Mac OS8 or Higher
256 MB RAM, 512 recommended
Soundblaster Live!, Audigy, or any softsynth supporting soundfonts
Giga Studio or Kontact recommended.
Or use synthfont for free (donations are encouraged): www.synthfont.com
sfArk is needed to decompress: www.melodymachine.com
You will also need an unzip utiltiy like WinZip or WinRAR
3. Loading into Soundcards.
Have at least 78 MB, better to set to maximum allowed. I recommend that you unload all other soundfonts. If you have any problems using this soundfont, please email me at the address at the end of this text. (Editors note: the Soundblaster Live has a 32 MB limitation, that prevents the Live from playing more than 32 MB of data AT ONCE - meaning that you can load as many soundfonts as you want into the card, but when more than 32 MB of sound data are being sent to the card, some sounds will drop out).
Go to Programs -> Creative -> Soundblaster Audigy -> Soundfont Bank Manager. Make sure at least 78 MB of cache are available. If you want to use other GM soundfonts, I recommend that you raise the cache to maximum and restart you computer.
4. EAX Configuration.
Recommended EAX settings:
Source: MIDI tab
5. Credits and Thanks.
Thanks to Sebastian Vargas from Argentina for his magnificent Hyper Drumkit, directly sampled from the Hyper Canvas VST. Thanks, Seba fro your collaboration. Thanks to Mister Shang, creator or WW II 128, to allow me to use some patches of its excellent soundfont.
6. Contact Me.
For more information about me, my music, or my soundfonts, send an email to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org If you prefer to send letter by normal mail, send to: Calle Manuel Mateo N5764 between Borrero and Arteta, Quito, Ecuador.
Great (real) realistic sound, maybe even the best sf2-bank out there. Stay creative, guys! ;-)
Studio_Works_2007 (200mb Professional SF2 BANK)
Even considering the large file size, this is still the best bank I've ever downloaded. There are a few disappointments, such as the timpani and orchestra hits, but everything else that I previewed sounded quite superior by MIDI standards, especially the guitar, bass, and ethnic instruments.
Highlights: Guitars & Basses, Shamisen, Koto, Taiko Drum
Disappointments: Timpani, Orchestra Hits
If I didn't already have a custom soundbank collection of my favorite patches, I would definitely use this soundfont as my default. Even still, this bank's bass and ethnic instruments will be finding their way into my favorites collection, because they're outstanding.
Very nice soundfont. Plenty of rich sounds to enjoy.
I have yet to find a better all around soundfont bank.
i m rather a noob when it comes to soundfonts, i m not doing anything really with sfs myself but merely use them to enjoy my various midi files from old ms-dos games. anyways this shall be my first and probably only "review":
i have download and tried different other, much larger (and smaller) fonts too, mostly from this great site in order to find "the" perfect all-around font for game soundtrack playback. from all others i have tested the sgm-180 gave best results yet this gem surpasses it in overall, maybe with the only exception of some classical instruments as written in some review below already.
my test parcours: lands of lore, doom, duke3d, rise of the triad, warcraft I and II.
at least when it comes to overall enjoyment of game music soundtracks, i m waiting yet for someone to point me to anything better then this font.
thanks for bringing this to us!
Not too good. With the excellent other reviews I expected something really extraordinary but instead just got ordinary.