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    Four Star General Midi

    Hello,

    Is there a general MIDI library for Gigastudio other than the very old CONEXANT: GM500 and the GM150? Do these sound okay (I know this is a subjective question)?

    Any recommendations on a good sounding combination sample library would be most appreciated. I have a fairly good selection of orchestral instruments and pianos but I am looking for a lot of the sounds that you might find in a good GM sample set (if one exists). Gigastudio supports the loading and playback of GM files and it might be nice to have this option. However, the quality of sounds takes priority for me.

    I am hoping to build an extensive library of sounds and would prefer to stay in the Gigastudio format for organizational purposes but I would be open to other format recommendations if there is a translator available.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Four Star General Midi

    Hmm... you might try digging through old soundfonts and converting the best sounds to giga. This might involve a few hours of web searching. If you are looking for drums, check out the free soundfont kits by Guido from some years back, I remember the names of a couple of them, "Melotti drums" and "Gold drums" but he had a few more. I wonder if his page is still up?

    (EDIT) here are the drums:
    http://www.soundfonts.it/?a=soundfonts&c=17

    Various for free GM soundfonts:
    http://www.personalcopy.com/sfarkfonts1.htm
    http://www.geocities.jp/shansoundfont/

    For pay GM fonts:
    http://www.sonivoxmi.com/ProductDeta...avetable250Meg

    Don't forget the awesome free Jeux14 organ soundfont, with every stop combination you can think of:
    http://www.pvv.ntnu.no/cgi/thammer//...ted=Jeux14.rar

    OK, we are drifting out of the GM realm now, but I had to point you to that just in case you didn't already have it

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    Re: Four Star General Midi

    Wow. The price is REALLY low on GM150 ($25) and GM500 ($37) these days.

    If you want to play GM files from the 'net, then either of these would be a good buy. Giga has a nice feature that lets you drag a GM file onto GigaStudio's UI and it automatically loads the samples that you need and launches your sequencer, telling it to load the MIDI file.

    I have GM500 and I'll use it on very rare occasions, but every once in a while I put something odd in the quicksound database, and GM500 has one of my few options for that sound. It's kind of a safety net for me.

    But the real value is for that drag and drop GM file feature. If the MIDI programming of the web file stinks, it will sound as cheesy as any other GM playback solution. But from there you can add expression, substitute your better libs, etc.

    I don't know of any better Giga Solution.

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    Re: Four Star General Midi

    Sonivox as some great ones, have a look.

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    Re: Four Star General Midi

    Quote Originally Posted by Von Richter
    Hmm... you might try digging through old soundfonts and converting the best sounds to giga. This might involve a few hours of web searching. If you are looking for drums, check out the free soundfont kits by Guido from some years back, I remember the names of a couple of them, "Melotti drums" and "Gold drums" but he had a few more. I wonder if his page is still up?
    Quote Originally Posted by Von Richter

    (EDIT) here are the drums:
    http://www.soundfonts.it/?a=soundfonts&c=17

    Various for free GM soundfonts:
    http://www.personalcopy.com/sfarkfonts1.htm
    http://www.geocities.jp/shansoundfont/

    For pay GM fonts:
    http://www.sonivoxmi.com/ProductDeta...avetable250Meg

    Don't forget the awesome free Jeux14 organ soundfont, with every stop combination you can think of:
    http://www.pvv.ntnu.no/cgi/thammer//soundlink.pl?action=view_download_page;ID=284;Soun dFont_Location_Selected=Download%20USA;SoundFont_F ilename_Selected=Jeux14.rar

    OK, we are drifting out of the GM realm now, but I had to point you to that just in case you didn't already have it
    Thanks Von, I really appreciate all the links!

    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
    Wow. The price is REALLY low on GM150 ($25) and GM500 ($37) these days.
    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst

    If you want to play GM files from the 'net, then either of these would be a good buy. Giga has a nice feature that lets you drag a GM file onto GigaStudio's UI and it automatically loads the samples that you need and launches your sequencer, telling it to load the MIDI file.

    I have GM500 and I'll use it on very rare occasions, but every once in a while I put something odd in the quicksound database, and GM500 has one of my few options for that sound. It's kind of a safety net for me.

    But the real value is for that drag and drop GM file feature. If the MIDI programming of the web file stinks, it will sound as cheesy as any other GM playback solution. But from there you can add expression, substitute your better libs, etc.

    I don't know of any better Giga Solution.
    Thanks for the insight on your experience with the GM500. It sounds like it’s worth the very low price for a quick solution & safety net as you mentioned.

    Quote Originally Posted by geronimo001
    Sonivox as some great ones, have a look.


    Thanks, I checked these out.

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