Hi Folks - If anyone's going to know, it'll be here.
It's fairly obvious that I'm not a composer, but merely some chap who likes to see if a computer can emulate a symphony orchestra and how well. Plus it don't hurt that I love the music as well. In the past, this desire has been met with some successes, but mostly failures.
Back in '96-99, I was knee-deep in the world of ROM-based synths, and boasted of being able to render up to 128 MIDI channels of music (oooooo aahhhhh). Boy did I try. The truth is, most of the works sounded like caca, mainly because of the limitations of the technology, and the fact that most MIDI geeks were rockers and head-bangers. The only folks who paid attention to the instruments of the orchestra enough to create realistic samples were Vitous and a couple of others, whose names I can't remember, but they cost many, many monies, and were out of the reach of most folks like you and me.
As technology progressed (affordable technology), Soundfonts came along. Soundfonts are OK, but they require you to use, quite frankly, noisy soundcards. I lived in the world of Soundfonts for quite awhile until GigaStudio, GOS, Quantum Leap Brass, Ultimate Percussion, and many others came along. However, one of the really cool things about Soundfonts was that I was able to create my own samples where I needed them. I created a gloriously brash and loud TAM-TAM, and I was able, finally, to create a massive, chair-moving, room-rattling bass-drum. Here's a ample sample that I did in '99.
The trouble is that my new world of ultra-quiet soundcards, GPO, GigaStudio, and all of the sample sets, with some quite expensive GigaStudio samples BTW, could not deliver effectively when it came to a loud and quite attention-getting TAM-tam, or an equally wonderful earth-shattering bass drum.
While GPO is wonderful in nearly all respects that I've played around with, and I LOVE IT, I still can't get these two sounds that I so desperately want.
Does anyone know to convert SF2 files to files that can be read by GSt? I tried, but there needed to be a lot more finesse or editing parameters. When I converted, they all started and ended with a resounding "CLICK", so were essentially useless. I'm open to spending some $$$ to get away from Soundfonts if anyone has any ideas.