The good old SoundFont format is definitely becoming a thing of the past. But still, I’m sure that most of us have a couple of favorite SF2s stashed in a safe place somewhere on the Hard Drive. Some of my favorite free piano sample libraries for example are actually SoundFonts.
Now, the chances are you probably already have a favorite SoundFont player VSTi, but here is a list of the best freeware plugins in this category, just in case you want to try something else, or need some new features.
Follow the links for download info, demo videos and screenshots:
- bs-0 by Bismark
- DSK SF2 v2 by DSK Music
- Phenome by Prodyon
- Shortcircuit 1 by Vember Audio
- SFZ+ Professional by rgc:audio
- XS-1 by Jeskola (Donationware)
My favorite plugin on the list is SFZ+ Professional, it offers all the basic tools I need when working with SoundFonts. Shortcircuit is a great choice too, with the only drawback of not being able to browse through different presets without reloading the SF2 file. Cheers to joe maro and Rumpelfilter for reminding me to add Shortcircuit to the list!
This article is a part of the bpb Freeware Studio series. Each article in the series features a selection of the best freeware VST instruments/effects, or other audio related software in a certain category. Something similar to the Free Sample Shootouts, only this time it’s all about software. If you’re looking for freeware tools to add to your studio arsenal, you’ve certainly come to the right place. The goal here is not to list all the free software available in a certain category, but only include the freeware plugins/programs of highest quality. Feel free to suggest your favorite free software in the comments section below. Enjoy!Share This! ♥ :