This is a tutorial that I created to help others implement new instruments into Aria through the menu and with full controls!
Tested with: Garritan Instant Orchestra, Garritan Personal Orchestra, and Garritan World Instruments.
*I will upload pictures soon.
*If You have Garritan Personal Orchestra or World Instruments, I would recommend using the custom instruments with these libraries because the custom instrument category will be beside "Standard" rather then blended in with the instrument categories in Garritan Instant Orchestra.
Step 1 - Converting to SFZ:
You will need to get, Extreme Sample Converter, to convert your samples (GIG, FXP, etc…) to SFZ which Aria uses. Now make sure you select destination format as SFZ in the options and as wav files for best quality. Use the recommended settings (Layers). Then select the sample you want to convert and press the big convert button at the bottom and save it to a new folder. What I did was create a folder, “black_grand_piano_samples” Once the conversion is complete you will have a single folder with all of your samples and the sfz file for the instrument.
*There may be other software that can do this.
Step 2 - Creating the Custom Instruments Folder:
Create a new directory called “Custom Instruments” inside the instrument folder of the garritan product you will be using to store the custom instruments.
EX: C:\Program Files\Garritan\Personal Orchestra 4\Instruments\Custom Instruments
Step 3 - Place Samples and Instrument into the Custom Instruments Folder:
After creating the "Custom Instruments" folder you want to move the folder which holds the samples and the SFZ of the instrument you just converted to the "Custom Instruments" folder.
EX: Mine was "black_grand_piano_samples"
Once you have moved the instrument folder, move the SFZ file out of the sample folder and into the "Custom Instruments" folder.
Step 4 - Replace Group Category inside SFZ File:
After placing the SFZ file into the "Custom Instruments" folder open up the SFZ file with notepad and replace everything above the instrument's regions with the following code:
#include "C:\Program Files\Garritan\Custom Instruments\Custom_Instrument_Setup.sfz"
Step 5 - Define the Instrument Sample Path:
Once you have placed the code in, go to the top part and rename the text, “black_grand_piano_samples,” to the name of the sample folder you created for your instrument.
Step 6 - Placing Core Files in the Proper Directories:
After defining the name of the sample path, you will need to extract the core files into a new folder.
Create a new folder in the Garritan folder and name it "Custom Instruments".
EX: C:\Program Files\Garritan\Custom Instruments
The files you will be extracting will include:
Step 7 - Copying the GUI File to the Garritan Libraries:
After extracting everything into the folder you just created, you will need to copy "custom_gui.xml" into the GUI folder of each garritan product that you want to store custom instruments.
Step 8 - Adding a New Instrument to the Aria Bank:
Now, the next step will vary depending on which library you choose. Open one of the following banks in note pad:
Garritan Instant Orchestra: "Instant Orchestra.bank.xml"
Garritan Personal Orchestra "GPO.BSN.bank.xml"
Garritan World Instruemnts: "World Instruments.Standard.bank.xml"
Whichever bank you choose paste this at the bottom of the file just above “</AriaBank>”
<AriaProgram name="01 - Custom Instruments/Black Grand Piano" gui="../../GUI/custom_gui.xml" category=""> <AriaElement id="0" path="../../Instruments/Custom Instruments/Black Grand Piano.sfz"/> </AriaProgram>
Step 9 - Menu Selection and Control Interface:
Now it’s time to get the proper naming for the menu display.
AriaProgram name="01 - Custom Instruments/Black Grand Piano”
Change "Black Grand Piano" to the name you want your instrument displayed as in the Aria menu.
Next, you need to point to the actual SFZ file.
path="../../Instruments/Custom Instruments/Black Grand Piano.sfz"/>
Change "Black Grand Piano.sfz" to the exact name of the SFZ file of your instrument. After all is done save the file!
Congratulations!!! You are all done!
I have fully tested this method in each of my Garritan libraries, "GIO, GPO. and GWI," and it works perfectly and you get all of the controls. If you want to add instruments repeat steps: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9. In my personal view, Aria is the most reliable and convenient player I have used, and the efforts above are well worth it!
I tackled this because I wanted to get my baby in there! THE BLACK GRAND PIANO!!!
If you have any questions feel free to reply or even PM me.