[ddots-l] Re: Need some help

  • From: "Mike Tyo" <mtyo@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 04:01:00 -0400

I really enjoy creating instruments, especially when I've got good material to 
work with. How did you convert the sf2 files? Is there a program that'll do it, 
or do you have to bring them into an editor and work with them?

I've heard some demos of stuff from the more expensive libraries, and the sound 
is very good; but there's that good ol problem of accessibility - which I'm 
sure you know all too well. The preset I created in the TTS-1 is pretty good, 
considering what that synth is. It'll certainly pass in a mix, but it's not 
perfect; it's better than steels I've heard on other keyboards and high-end 
organs - such as the former Technics line and the Roland AT models. The 
Technics steel wasn't bad after I tweaked it. I was hoping to obtain some 
sounds so I could get more out of it. We shall see how it all turns out.

I know what you mean about those old Casio samplers. I had an Ensoniq EPS back 
in the late eighties with the expansion module that gave me the maximum memory 
that they did back then, and it was hooked up to a 40-meg SCSI hard drive. It 
wasn't a bad instrument, and I had okay accessibility to it. I had planned on 
trying to create a steel on my Roland Fantom X until I got into Sonar and soft 
synths. Now that I've got more memory to work with, those plans have obviously 


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gordon Kent 
  To: ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 20:30
  Subject: [ddots-l] Re: Need some help

  Well, I use the sonic implants stuff, which was sf2 that I converted to sfz.  
Their telly and strat samples were especially good and still hold up.  I guess 
you would need to buy them as dvi plugs not.  But they  have been my go to 
guitar sounds for years.  They make a good paul reed smith too, but the strat 
and telly are the best, though you’ll want to tweak stuff like the lfo rate to 
make it more notural, and you may want to mess with some of the velocity 
switching.  But I haven’t heard guitar samples that come with the more 
expensive sound libraries
  that sound as good.  If I wanted to take the time to do my own I might change 
a couple of things, but the amount of man hours it takes to put together a good 
sampled instrument can be quite daunting.  A lot of folks really think you just 
record notes and stick them together and go.  I think it was the late eighties 
when Cassio came out with a low end sampler and every kid could do that Stacey 
Q stuff and everybody thought it was that easy.

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