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
- TX16Wx by CWITEC
- 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!
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