by Plogue
4.3 / 5     (19 votes)
Win32 Win64 OSX
sforzando is a simple but powerful SFZ Player.

sforzando is a highly SFZ 2.0 compliant sample player. Advanced sample hobbyists now have a powerful tool to experiment and share instruments without relying on proprietary formats. sforzando only has one instrument slot; no fancy UI, effects or mixers. Every tweak needs to be done at the SFZ file level, no cheating!

sforzando is also a name given for a sudden change in music dynamics which, in musical notation, is represented by the “sfz” symbol.

sforzando relies on the same ARIA Engine that powers the ARIA Player and other products from Garritan and obviously Plogue chipsounds. This engine has been built from the “ground up” on the SFZ spec, and not as an afterthought.
Anonymous Jul 08 2021
(1 / 5)
Jul 08 2021
I don't get it. Just makes horrible noises
Grom Dec 13 2021
Dec 13 2021
You probably will have to gain a fuller knowledge of SFZ's and sforzando to make something pleasant.
Netosilvagames May 21 2021
(5 / 5)
May 21 2021
5 stars for the fact that this can probably support 32 bits device. Thanks alot!
Braden Dec 22 2020
(2 / 5)
Dec 22 2020
I dont like using SFz with soundfonts as some dont load properly. Its better off buying FL Studio and just using their built in soundfont player.
emu sans Mar 05 2021
Mar 05 2021
the thing is FL 20s soundfont player only works in the 32bit n its a hassle to find a workaround
rek Sep 25 2020
Sep 25 2020
I don't get it. Not very fun to use. A lot of people rave about it. Probably fantastic for people who are SFZ enthusiasts. I use SF2 and SForZando annoyingly needs to convert those first. I just use the good old cakewalk SFZ+ it's way more easy to use even if it's old.
Mrmomoto Jun 15 2020
(5 / 5)
Jun 15 2020
Oh man - what can you say about Sforzando that hasn't already been said? How's about - this opens up a whole new world for you when you find the good stuff to put into it. Cool adventure; here's where you start.
miles Jan 13 2018
(5 / 5)
Jan 13 2018
The window focus in Windows 10 is a pain. When I tried to open .sf2 file, it stuck a dialog about the conversion behind the main window and refused to bring it to the front (including with alt-tab, win-tab &c). Plays back OK, but selecting the patch the imported SF is also painful. You have to navigate a (literally) 5-layer menu to get to the patch labels.
Benzopal Jul 15 2017
Jul 15 2017
Of course Sforzando also accepts soundfont files, right?
Anonymous Dec 02 2018
Dec 02 2018
Yes. It converts soundfonts into SFZ-files. All samples are then stored into one large audio-file
Bigcat May 25 2017
(5 / 5)
May 25 2017
Fabulous way to sample soundfonts of sfz. sf2. And of wav. Great product and for free the best ;)
ben ten Apr 15 2017
(4 / 5)
Apr 15 2017
Best free sample player out there samples wavs which is a big plus for me...
j Dec 01 2015
(5 / 5)
Dec 01 2015
Wish channel filter worked (ie ch10)... & ui was smaller