by Rgcaudio
4.2 / 5     (35 votes)
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SFZ is a high quality sample player.

Main Engine:
  • High Quality band limiting sample-playback engine.
  • 9 quality settings to allow precise CPU usage optimisation.
  • 256 voices of polyphony, unlimited layers per voice.
  • Per-channel polyphony limiter.
  • Fully Multi-timbral operation, supports all 16 MIDI channels.
  • Supports any standard/custom samplerate, including 22k, 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, 192k and 384k.
  • Extensive SoundFont compatibility.
  • Several loading modes: Whole SoundFont, Single Program, Direct-from-Disk streaming.
  • Stereo Output.
Sound Generator:
  • A LPF, two LFOs and two Envelope Generators per layer.
  • Filter Cutoff, Filter Resonance, Keyboard Tracking, Velocity Tracking and Envelope Amount.
  • Vibrato LFO with Delay, Speed and Depth control.
  • Modulation LFO with Delay, Depth, Filter Depth, Pitch Depth and Amp Depth controls.
  • Modulation EG with Attack, Hold, Keyboard-To-Hold, Decay, Keyboard-To-Decay, Sustain, Release and Pitch Depth controls.
  • Amplifier EG with Delay, Attack, Hold, Keyboard-To-Hold, Decay, Keyboard-To-Decay, Sustain and Release controls.
  • Stereo Chorus and Stereo Reverb.
  • Effects on/off switch.
Programs / Banks:
  • 128 internal programs (scenes).
  • Saves and Loads standard program (.fxp) files (saving only possible using the microHost, loading thru drag-and-drop operation).
  • Drag and drop support for program files (.fxp) and SoundFont files (.sf2).
  • All settings saved in the song.
Graphic User Interface:
  • Total Layers and Voices played indicator.
  • Sound Preview ribbon at bottom, MIDI transmit to host (VST).
MIDI implementation:
  • Extensive MIDI implementation: Velocity, Pitch Bend, Modulation, Sustain Sw and a lot more.
ASIO microHost:
  • Ultra light ASIO host for live performance and programming (90k).
  • Supports 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz samplerates.
  • Virtual keyboard with PitchBend/Modulation/Program Change/Transpose controls using PC keyboard.
  • Simultaneous use of multiple MIDI ports.
  • Saves 16-bit and 32-bit WAV files direct-to-disk.

You can download SFZ Buddy to access hidden parameters in SFZ.
老驥伏櫪 May 03 2023
(5 / 5)
May 03 2023
ComposerX Dec 26 2020
(5 / 5)
Dec 26 2020
Best free soundfontplayer by far! 5 out of 5!
thiyagi Jun 26 2020
(5 / 5)
Jun 26 2020
Nice one, thanks!!!
GGGG May 14 2020
(5 / 5)
May 14 2020
Very Useful. It can read CC and Program change of GM midi which most sf2 vst player can not do.
msea Apr 28 2020
(5 / 5)
Apr 28 2020
no b.s. it just works. been using this for a long time.
ym_trainz Mar 24 2020
Mar 24 2020
Merci ! Je l'utilise depuis des années, très stable, impeccable. Je vais voir SFZ buddy (en téléchargement sur cette page) pour voir ce que cela donne.
lmmsYeah Mar 11 2020
(5 / 5)
Mar 11 2020
nice, easy, user friendly, performant and still so versatile! it's a lmms/linux user's dream come true, as it's finally the only way i got my own drum samples into a working instrument. I only wonder whether there is more documentation than I know of, as many but not all the sfz opcodes are working in my setup. 'amplitude', <global> and <group> or maybe just 'seq_length'/'seq_position' do not work for me. while the first is easily bypassed by the well-working 'volume', the latter is more of a problem, as this feature would be nice to get a more natural feeling of the intrument. any advice or documentation anyone?
darko x Feb 08 2020
(5 / 5)
Feb 08 2020
pop an 808 wav file in there!
Inspecktor Sept 26 2019
(4 / 5)
Sept 26 2019
Freed Jun 21 2019
(5 / 5)
Jun 21 2019
With all the complexity and rich possibilities - it does plug and play from the very beginning! Awesome!
polien Jun 29 2015
(5 / 5)
Jun 29 2015
Un des rares lecteurs sfz vsti qui marche tr&egrave;s bien. Rien &agrave; redire.
Betto Santana Nov 05 2014
(4 / 5)
Nov 05 2014
Top... Best of the best!
mrbo5 Feb 06 2014
(4 / 5)
Feb 06 2014
Congratulations! You found it. The best .sf2 soundfontplayer for years. Easy intuitve funtions. I had tested a lot. This one brings out excellent sound from most soundfonts. I haven't seen it crash once. The standalone supports drag and drop. End of search.
Penguindog55 Feb 07 2012
(5 / 5)
Feb 07 2012
The best one so far, perfect for sampling a guitar across the key range, and it has velocity. It really is not that bad, especially considering it only samples one sound, plus it's free.
Ghekorg7 May 17 2010
(5 / 5)
May 17 2010
The best of the best ! But you must in any way to get his companion the sfz Buddy to do some great edit to its sounds (ADSR,reverb ect).
Collado Mar 04 2009
(5 / 5)
Mar 04 2009
Simple et efficace. Bravo!