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Re: [fluid-dev] Soundfont banks

From: David Henningsson
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Soundfont banks
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:02:03 +0200
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On 07/12/2012 07:04 PM, jimmy wrote:
Those who want to look at some XG-MIDI files, one zip-archive of a few dozen 
files is here:


Not all of them use multiple drum channels, I din't look through all of them, 
but here are a few within this archive which use 2 drum channels:

    YamahaCurrent/Dance/Lost YME '97.mid
    YamahaCurrent/Dance/Ambient by Sam Sketty YME '96.mid
    YamahaCurrent/Dance/Matrix YME '97.mid
    YamahaCurrent/Dance/Cop Out by Sam Sketty YME '96.mid
    YamahaCurrent/Dance/Space Cat by Sam Sketty YME '96.mid
    YamahaCurrent/Dance/Galactic Invasion by David Reading YME '96.mid
    YamahaCurrent/SmoothJazz/Low Down by Sam Sektty YME '97.mid
    YamahaCurrent/SmoothJazz/Steely by David Kelly YME '96.mid
    YamahaCurrent/SmoothJazz/Animate1 Yamaha '96.mid
    YamahaCurrent/Latin/Farolillo Yamaha '96.mid

I believe this one setup drums on 3 different channels:

    YamahaCurrent/Dance/JazzJung Yamaha '96.mid

Make sure you run FluidSynth in XG mode with:

     -o synth.midi-bank-select=xg

Just a question here: What soundfont do you run these files with? Is there an XG soundfont out there (or maybe even lots of them?), and if so - how is that soundfont constructed? How does it squeeze XG's drum banks and melody banks into the 128+1 bank numbers that the soundfont specification offers?

// David

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