|Subject:||Re: [fluid-dev] Allow soundfonts to be searched from multiple directories|
|Date:||Sun, 11 Nov 2018 10:03:54 +0100|
On Windows there is no special folder for soundfonts. It is up to the application.
(a) the Windows’ Public folder for those apps where Soundfonts can be flexibly configurable.
(b) %PROGRAMFILES%\Notation_3\[app name] for those apps where only one fixed soundfont can be used
The advantage of the Windows Public folder (similar to the Linux distributions) vs. %HOMEPATH% is that all users of a PC can use it whereas using %HOMEPATH% limits the usage just to one user who installed the software.
That said, I vote for the fluidsynth app to do it in the same way and use
C:\Soundfonts is not a good idea due to Windows’ admin rights policies. %PROGRAMFILES% requires the installation on admin level and should only being used for sondfonts for special apps.
My 2 cents...
fluid-dev [mailto:address@hidden Im Auftrag von sqweek
On Mon, 5 Nov 2018 at 23:59,
Doing a quick survey of linux distros packaging FluidR3_GM.sf2, I see these paths in use:
/usr/share/sounds/sf2/ (Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS)
/usr/share/soundfonts/ (Arch Linux, CentOS)
Yes CentOS uses both paths - but mainly the latter. I suspect its /usr/share/sounds/sf2/default.sf2 is a symlink for compatibility.
There's no analogous way to survey paths in use on Windows/OSX that I'm aware of. Looking on the application side, MuseScore has its own paths:
A quick dive into LMMS source code suggests it behaves similarly, defaulting to $DOCUMENTS/lmms/samples/soundfonts on all platforms.
I haven't looked into whether linux package maintainers for these apps have tweaked them to look in the system paths, but either way I'm not seeing any obvious conventions for other platforms. Perhaps of interest is that LMMS on windows searches for VSTs in %PROGRAMFILES%\VstPlugins...
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