Free SoundFonts - Free Quality SoundFonts (sf2) - bs-16i SoundFonts

This aim of this site is to provide high quality SoundFonts (virtual musical instruments in sf2 format) that can be played using a midi keyboard connected to a computer, tablet or smart phone. Emphasis has been placed on real or acoustic instruments particularly piano and other favourites for keyboard players (pads, strings, electric pianos, organs and orchestral) but some SoundFonts here also include high quality guitars, some synths and ethnic instruments. There is also a nice GM set for playing general midi files. The SoundFont format sf2 is widely supported by lots of programs/apps and devices.

News: -December 5, 2016: The Salamander Pianos (Yamaha C5 Grand) have now been edited to have very low latency
             -January 31, 2017: New comprehensive 1gb set available
             -February 2017: Acoustic Bass available including lower octave preset
Download from the links below:
Hardware suitability descriptions relate to iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) but most PC's will be able to play all of them. You can easily customize the size of SoundFonts - see near the bottom of column 2 for details. Go to iOS Ram List

Full Keys (Pianos, EPs, Pads, Strings, Orchestra, Synth and Organs):
These first sets are for playing individual instruments - if you want a GM set scroll down to the General Midi section.
1) Full Keys Including Salamander, Uprights, Steinways, Guitars and Nice Instruments
*Recommended Full Comprehensive Instrument Set*
The most complete set on this site. Three high quality pianos, guitars and many other instruments. One gigabyte in size and requires iPad Air 2 or iPhone 6s minimum. If you want a broad selection of instruments to play and ram usage is not an issue then this set is for you. If you like to run other apps at the same time then consider using one of the smaller sets.
Google Drive Link sf2:
Nice-Keys-Extreme-V1.5
   (1000mb)  *Updated Feb 23 - Includes New Guitars*
OneDrive Link sf2:
Nice-Keys-Extreme-V1.5
   (Alternative download link)

2) Full Keys Including Salamander, Uprights and Steinways-   *Recommended Set Excluding Guitars*
Another large set requiring iPhone 6s/iPad Air 2 minimum. A full compliment of keys performance sounds (Pads, Strings, EPs, orchestra, organs etc.) plus all three pianos (Salamander Yamaha C5, Steinways and Uprights) but excludes guitars.
Google Drive Link sf2:
OneDrive Link sf2:
Nice-Keys-CompletePlus-JNv1.5
   (Alternative download link)

3) Full Keys Including Salamander and Upright Pianos-   
A slightly smaller set with two pianos included plus all the other performance sounds. The size of this set might suit if you want to run other ram intensive apps at the same time. For iPhone 6s/iPad Air 2 recommended.
Google Drive Link sf2:
Nice-Keys-Complete-JNv1.2
   (749mb)   
OneDrive Link sf2:
Nice-Keys-Complete-JNv1.2
   (Alternative download link)

4) Full Keys Including Steinway Pianos-
Lower Ram requirements for this set with one piano plus the performance sounds. Recommend iPhone 5/iPad Air.
Google Drive sf2:
OneDrive Link sf2:
Nice-Keys-PlusSteinway-JNv2.0
   (Alternative download link)

5) Full Keys with Small Piano  For small Ram devices (excludes the detailed pianos but includes the smaller Steinway B's and Nice-Instruments)-
Google Drive sf2:

6) Small Set and Small Piano  For smaller Ram devices as above but excludes Nice Instruments but contains a smaller instrument set.
Google Drive sf2:
Nice-Keys-B-JNv1.5   
(148mb)


Guitars:
Suits most devices-
1) Full Guitars 
*Recommended Guitar Set*
Includes acoustic and electric guitars. These guitars are not included in most sets on this site except for Nice-Keys-Extreme and Nice-Instruments-Extended which include a selection of the best of the guitars.
Dropbox Link sf2:
Guitars-Universal-V1.5
   (150mb) 
Google Drive sf2:
Guitars-Universal-V1.5 
(Alternative download link)
Compressed zip Google Drive:

2)   Acoustic Guitars JNv2.4   (84mb)
Google Drive sf2:
3)  Electric-Guitars-JNV4.4      (66mb)


General Midi:
1) SGM With Improved Acoustic Guitars and Basses
Google Drive Link sf2:
SGMv2.01-GuitsPlusBass-V1.4
  (300mb)  *Recommended GM Set For Backing Your Keys Performance*     *New February 19*

2) SGM With Improved Acoustic Guitars
A High Quality GM Soundfont but small enough for most iPhones/iPads- 
Google Drive Link sf2:  
SGMv2.01-JN-SMPv1.1  
(262mb)  
OneDrive Link sf2:
SGMv2.01-JN-SMPv1.1   (Alternative download link)

3) SGM With Acoustic Guitars and Steinways
The following one is a larger version GM SoundFont including quality Steinway pianos- 
Google Drive Link sf2:
SGMv2.01-SMP-Stein-JNv1.0   (441mb)   

4) SGM With Acoustic Guitars and Salamander Pianos 
The most detailed GM SoundFont.  Includes the Salamander Pianos as well as the high quality Acoustic  Guitars- 
*Recommended GM Set For Backing your Guitar/Singing Performance*
Google Drive Link sf2:
OneDrive Link sf2:
SGMv2.01-SMP-Sal-JNv1.3   (Alternative download link)

5) SGM With Acoustic Guitars, Sal Pianos and Basses
The largest GM set with quality Salamander Pianos as well as the basses and guitars. *Also recommended GM Set For Backing your Guitar/Singing Performance for Large Ram Device*
Google Drive Link sf2:

Piano:
1) Salamander, Steinways and Upright Pianos
Version A -Salamander Piano has 15 velocity layers - Steinways and Uprights are medium compact. 
This set is for the piano virtuoso desiring seamless expression over the velocity range.  Choose this set if you have a large ram device (iPhone 6s/iPad Air 2 minimum).   *The most detailed piano set on this site - for the fussiest of pianists* 
Google Drive Link sf2:

Version B -Salamander Piano has 6 Velocity Layers - Steinways and Uprights are medium compact.
This set has all three of the best pianos available in a size that can be handled by most devices (recommend iPhone 5/iPad Air or 3 onward).  Needlessly long samples have been shortened but looping only happens at almost inaudible trailing ends of samples (many after 20s).  If you are looking for a quality set with different piano types to choose from then this is the one. This set is already included in the Nice-Keys-CompletePlus and Nice-Keys-Extreme.
Google Drive Link sf2:  *Great Versatile Piano Set*
OneDrive Link sf2:
Sal-Stein-Uprights-UltraCompact-JNv1.5
   (Alternative download link)
Dropbox Link sf2:
Sal-Stein-Uprights-UltraCompact-JNv1.5
  (Alternative download link)

2) Salamander Plus Upright Pianos
Two versatile and high quality pianos (Salamanders and Uprights) in one set.

Version A - Very long samples. Salamanders have 15 velocity sample layers and Uprights have 6 layers and very long samples. This set has the most detailed versions of the Salamanders and Uprights together.
Choose this set if you have a large ram device (iPhone 6s/iPad Air 2 minimum).
*Another detailed high quality set* 
Google Drive Link sf2:

Version B- Almost no difference in sound quality but samples looped at tail ends. Salamanders and Uprights have 6 velocity levels. Suits smaller Ram devices or if you want to limit Ram usage. This set is already included in the Nice-Keys-Complete set.
Google Drive Link sf2:

3) Steinway Pianos 
Version A - Meduim sized with very long samples.
Google Drive Link sf2:
Version B -   Compact size with same lovely sound.
Google Drive Link sf2:
This piano is already included in the Nice-Keys-PlusSteinway set.

4) Salamander Grand Yamaha C5
Version A - Medium sized, high quality and suits most devices. Modified for sf2 with 15 velocity layers, various brightness levels and optional resonance.
Google Drive Link sf2:

Version B - Small sized and great for smaller ram devices or to keep ram usage to a minimum.  Has 6 velocity layers, various brightness levels and optional resonance. Sounds almost identical to Version A but more compact.
Google Drive Link sf2:

5) Upright Piano
Version A -  A great upright piano with 6 expressive velocity layers and long samples. Suits lots of genres including Jazz, Bar Room, Honky Tonk etc.
Google Drive Link sf2:

Version B - A compact version of the above that has been looped at the tail ends.  Still has 6 velocity layers and sounds the same but uses much less Ram.
Google Drive Link sf2:

6) Combined Salamander and Steinway Pianos- 
Contains the full versions of both Salamanders and Steinways in one set. Minimum iPhone 6s/iPad Air 2.
Google Drive Link sf2:

7) Compact Small Ram SGM Piano:
This one is a very compact piano for small Ram devices-
Google Drive Link sf2:
 Steinway B-JNv2.0
     (33mb)

Electric Pianos:
Google Drive sf2:
1) 
Rhodes EPs Plus-JN1.5   (50mb)
Compressed zip:
2)   Rhodes EP-JN1.1   (12mb)


Strings, Harp and Orchestra:
Includes the best strings and orchestral sounds with the addition of a beautiful harp (242mb) and new expressive violin both of which are not included anywhere else on this site.
Google Drive sf2:



Various Instruments:

1) Extended Set (Includes Best Guitars, EPs, Organs plus all of the Nice-Instruments)
Includes just about everything except pianos. Suits most devices. (Tip: if you have an older iOS device have this set ready to load as well as one of the piano sets - this way you have access to all the instruments but have split them between two SoundFonts).
Google Drive sf2:

2) Standard Set
Standard Instrument set (excludes pianos, EPs and guitars).
Suits most devices-
Dropbox Link sf2:
Google Drive sf2:
Nice-Instruments-JNv1.5  
(Alternative download link)


Drum Kit
Standard Acoustic Drum Kit.  Perfect for loading to Channel 10 if using channel select or just handy for that drum solo!
Google Drive Link sf2:
PNS Drum Kit
    (5.8mb)


Bass
Four Bass Guitars
Includes Fingered, Picked and Acoustic Basses plus a 4th preset being an Acoustic Bass with a longer fadeout.  All basses have 4 velocity layers for expressive playing and percussive effects in the upper range.
Presets available include a choice of standard or low octave which can be useful for smaller keyboards or when using a keyboard split function.
Google Drive Link sf2:
Nice-4-Bass-V1.5
    (52mb)







About this Site:
This project began as a quest to find a really good software piano. Not even the expensive commercial versions were satisfying to my ears.  Most had velocity switching problems and unpleasant tones. I came across the University of Iowa Steinway piano samples which were great but there was room for improvement in the way they were presented.  My goal was to have a selection of piano and other instruments that were pleasant to play and to keep them available for free. Using SoundFont editing programs Polyphone and Viena I have done some editing to allow for expression to give a more enjoyable and realistic playing experience where timbre changes gradually with velocity where possible and without that annoying jump that is commonly found. This was applied to many of the other instruments as well.
Polyphone does an excellent job where necessary at auto looping and reducing sample sizes without compromising sound quality.
The SalamanderGrand (Yamaha C5) has by nature so many velocity samples that it already has a great expressive sound. I have normalised the samples and re-attenuated it to suit sf2 format and simplified it by leaving out some pedal noises and other non-critical sounds. Using Wavosaur I have removed the gaps at the front of the samples to greatly reduce latency.
 

Recommended Apps for iPhone/iPad:
SoundFonts can be played on just about any device but you do need a program that supports SoundFont sf2 files. With the greater availability of tablets and smart phones, the setup for playing them has now become a whole lot easier and a lot more portable.
One app I can recommend for playing these SoundFonts is bs-16i from bismark.  Large SoundFount files like Nice-Keys-* listed at the top of this page have been tested and run perfectly on iPad Air2 and iPhone 6s. I have not tested them on lower spec devices.
To load a downloaded SoundFont to bs-16i in Safari from OneDrive/GoogleDrive/Dropbox choose Open in...bs-16i or alternatively use iTunes to Add the file in apps, documents and navigate to the file.
A great app for playing and basic editing of general midi files is Sweet Midi Player which includes a lyric viewer for midis with lyrics/chords. You can load one of the General Midi SountFonts above to greatly improve the sound quality.

Tips for Nice-Keys Soundfonts:
If you are using the bs-16i or similar app try changing the Rx. Channel for say the first 8 channels all to 1. You will then have 8 easily accessible sounds to play at the touch of the Solo/Mute button. You can then mix for instance piano and pads together. Alternatively you could leave the channels 1 to 16 and use channel select to choose your favorite sounds.  To play two sounds together just put them on the same channel. This is handy for pianos where you can add the level of resonance you prefer. When layering sounds with piano choose the non resonance piano versions (available in all the SoundFonts) to avoid lack of polyphony problems.

I hope you enjoy these SoundFonts.
John Nebauer
(Forum names - Reuben/Jonky Ponky)

Update Notes:
2016
Site constructed April 2016
Steinway-Grand-Piano: May 8 doubled velocity filtering from 4 to 8.
Added Nice-Instruments-JNv1.0 August 3. Version 1.1 increased note range of some instruments and improved velocity expression. V1.3 added Chamber Strings and Full Strings.
Nice-Instruments-JNv1.4 Minor improvements to velocity switching in Chamber Strings and Violin.
SalamanderGrand-sf2mod added 28 September. Improved attenuation v1.6. Reduced size and added extra velocity curve v2.1. Optional Resonance added back v2.2. Improved resonance release v2.3.
v2.4 minor reduction in bass resonance.
Latency improved on Salamander Pianos and file size reduced in SalamanderCompact-sf2mod-JNv3.0 
Bright Upright now included in Nice-Upright-Piano-JNv1.3 and SalamanderPlusUprightPianos-JNv1.1.
Added SalamanderUltraCompact-JNv1.0 and Nice-Upright-Piano-Compact-JNv1.3 December 9, 2016.
Added the compact Salamanders and Uprights to Giga set creating Nice-Keys-Complete-JNv1.0.
Improved dynamics of Steinways in Nice-Keys-CompletePlus-JNv1.2, Sal-Stein-Uprights-UltraCompact-JNv1.3, Nice-Steinways-Compact-JNv1.4, Combined-Nice-Pianos-JNv1.4, Nice-Steinways-JNv5.7 and Nice-Keys-PlusSteinways-JNv1.8.
Compacted the Steinway in SGMv2.01-SMP-Stein-JNv1.0 December 22, 2016.
Added FM-Acoustic Hybrid Pianos to Nice-Keys-CompletePlus-JNv1.3, Nice-Keys-Complete-JNv1.1 and Nice-Keys-PlusSteinway-JNv1.9 December 29.
2017
High Quality Salamander Pianos included in GM SoundFont SGMv2.01-SMP-Sal-JNv1.3 January 2.
Minor update to Upright Pianos for longer more natural decay in Nice-Keys-CompletePlus-JNv1.4, Nice-Keys-Complete-JNv1.2, Sal-Stein-Uprights-UltraCompact-JNv1.4 and Salamander-Uprights-UltraCompact-JNv1.1 January 12.
Extended key release on Steinways from F6 and above in Nice-Keys-CompletePlus-JNv1.5, Nice-Keys-PlusSteinway-JNv2.0, Sal-Stein-Uprights-UltraCompact-JNv1.5, Nice-Steinways-JNv5.8 and Nice-Steinways-Compact-JNv1.5  January 19.
Nice-4-Bass-V1.0 added February 18. V1.4 includes choice of key ranges.
Nice-Keys-Extreme-V1.5 February 23, extra guitars added but no increase in size February 23.
Extra Guitars also for Guitars-Universal-V1.5 and Electric-Guitars-V4.4 February 24.
Fine-tuning of Basses in Nice-4-Bass-V1.5. February 25. Bass fine-tuning fixed in SGMv2.01-GuitsPlusBass-V1.4 and SGM-v2.01-Sal-Guit-Bass-V1.1 February 26.
Added Nice-Strings-PlusOrchestra-v1.1 March 16. V1.2 added extra presets March 20.
Added Detailed_Salamander-PlusSteinwayUprights-v1.0 March20.
Minor bug fixes and new presets for Nice-Strings-PlusOrchestra-v1.4 March 21.
Extra presets for harp and fiddle for Nice-Strings-PlusOrchestra-v1.5 March 22.















More Information:

Nice-Keys-Extreme-V1.5  The biggest SoundFont set at 1gb or 1000mb (645mb dedicated to pianos) includes just about everything except Bass, Drums and General Midi. PC users should not have any problems or if running on iOS this set runs perfectly well on iPhone 6s or iPad Air 2. It is still possible to load this set within the bs-16i app and run Sweet Midi Player app using GM set one at the same time for midi backing if required. This set has everything described below plus the addition of guitars.
Nice-Keys-CompletePlus-JNv1.5  A large set with three different piano types plus all the nice instruments.  All in a package of 943mb.  Pianos have different brightness and resonance settings available and all the nice instruments from EPs, Pads, Organs, Strings, Orchestra and Synths are included.  A printable link to the list of available instruments is here  Nice-Keys-CompletePlus-Instrument List
Nice-Keys-Complete-JNv1.2  A solid all-round performance set as above of 749mb including Salamander and Upright Pianos but excludes the Steinway Pianos.
Nice-Keys-PlusSteinway-JNv2.0  Has all the main performance sounds with one type of piano the Steinways.  This set a bit smaller at 495mb.  A printable link to the list of available instruments is here Nice-Keys-PlusSteinways-Instrument List
Nice-Keys-B-Plus-JN1.4  Same as above except the Steinways are replaced with a the more basic 33mb SGM piano. File size is 328mb.
Nice-Keys-B-JNv1.5  Same as the one above except the extended Nice Instruments are not included. Total size is 148mb.  A nice set and perfect for smaller Ram devices.














Guitars-Universal-V1.5  Combines the 2 guitar fonts below into a single SoundFont at 150mb.  Instrument List Guitars
Acoustic Guitars   Has 84mb of quality Steel, 12 String and Nylon Guitars. Quality Steel Guitar Samples from Keith Smith (www.keithsmith.ca).
Electric Guitars   Has 66mb of Electric Guitars ranging from Les Paul, Single Coil, Jazz, Distortion and Overdrive Guitars.
 







SGMv2.01-GuitsPlusBass-V1.3  Is a high quality 300mb Midi SoundFont.
Based on SGM-v2.01 (http://www.geocities.jp/shansoundfont/) with improved quality acoustic guitars (21mb) and basses (50mb) and also designed to run on apps such as Sweet Midi Player. This is a great GM SoundFont and the one I use on iPad/iPhone and PC.  On PC you can install a new GM SoundFont using Coolsoft VirtualMIDISynth.  1gb of ram is recommended.  You can comfortably run this GM Soundfont in Sweet Midi Player app as well as the largest performance Full Keys Set 1 in say bs-16i app at the same time on iPhone 6s/iPad Air 2.
SGMv2.01-JN-SMPv1.1  Same as above without the custom quality basses bringing the size down to 262mb.
SGMv2.01-SMP-Stein-JNv1.0   As above a General Midi SoundFont but includes also the high quality Steinway Piano.  Size is 441mb with 180mb dedicated to the piano alone. This version does not include the custom basses.
SGMv2.01-SMP-Sal-JNv1.3   This version contains the high quality Salamander Pianos and acoustic guitars. At 480mb in size with 230mb set aside for high quality Salamander Pianos plus also includes the high quality Acoustic Guitars.  The downside of using this GM set is that you may be more limited in what performance SoundFont you load at the same time depending on the Ram available on your device.  On iPhone 6s/Air 2 for instance you can load this GM Soundfont into say Sweet Midi Player app plus Set 3 of the Full Keys into say bs-16i but if you were to load Full Keys Set 1 or 2 (the largest performance sets) you may push your device past its Ram limitations and it wont load. (You can easily clear ram usage in bs-16i app by loading the default factory scene).
SGMv2.01-Sal-Guit-Bass-V1.0   As above plus the addition of quality basses.  If size is not an issue then this is the GM set without compromise at 519mb.









Salamander Grands   The Salamander Grand Piano is a large detailed piano by Alexander Holm with 15 velocity layers (16 originally) and long samples.
(https://rytmenpinne.wordpress.com/sounds-and-such/salamander-grandpiano/) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Some versions on this site have been carefully edited down to 6 velocity layers and looped at the almost inaudible tail ends to reduce Ram usage but the quality is almost indistinguishable.  They are based on a nicely sampled Yamaha C5 Grand. Samples have been normalised, re-attenuated, latency reduced and modified for sf2. Three brightness levels are available and optional resonance.
Detailed_Salamanders-PlusSteinwayUprights-v1.0-   The most detailed versions of the Salamanders plus also includes the Steinways and Uprights for versatility in sounds at 999mb in size.
Sal-Stein-Uprights-UltraCompact-JNv1.5   My favourite piano set with all three pianos (Yamaha C5 Salamanders, Steinways and Uprights) available to play at various brightness levels plus optional resonance.  The pianos have been compacted a little and the Salamanders have 6 carefully selected full range velocity layers rather than 15 but the sound is not compromised.  All samples are still very long (just not needlessly long). These are already included in the Nice-Keys-CompletePlus and Nice-Keys-Extreme.
SalamanderPlusUprightPianos-JNv1.1   Two pianos without compromise.  A very detailed and large set at 1030mb in size due to 15 velocity layers for the Salamanders and long samples for both pianos. There are various brightness levels of the different Salamander Pianos to choose from plus nice Upright Pianos using a different sample set.  All come with optional resonance effects.
Salamander-Uprights-UltraCompact-JNv1.0  Same as above but more compact (452mb) by looping faint tail ends and reducing velocity layers on the Salamander Pianos from 15 to 6. There is almost no difference in sound to the above set!  These are included in Nice-Keys-Complete.
Nice-Steinways-JNv5.8   A beautiful long sampled 3 velocity layered Piano 376mb in size with 5 Presets - Classic, Studio, Medium, Bright and Honky-Tonk.
Samples were obtained from: http://www.anthonydeaton.com/philharmonic.html
Creative commons license
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/deed.en_US.
Extra velocity filtering brings this up to a virtual 8 layered piano.
Nice-Steinways-Compact-JNv1.5  Sounds the same as above and has the same number of velocity layers but long tail ends trimmed and looped at almost inaudible sections.
SalamanderCompact-sf2mod-JNv3.0  Arguably the best free piano on the internet and better than many of the expensive ones as well. Modified for sf2 with three brightness levels, two velocity curves and optional resonance at 592mb in size.  This version has 15 velocity layers.
SalamanderUltraCompact-JNv1.1   A much smaller 237mb version of the above piano but sounds almost the same with full expressiveness over the velocity range.  You will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of this relatively small Ram piano. This version has 6 velocity layers.
Nice-Upright-Piano-sf2-JNv1.3  One of the best upright pianos with 6 velocity layers, lots of expression and a bit of grit and imperfection.
Nice-Upright-Piano-Compact-JNv1.3   The same as above but looped and uses much less Ram.  
Combined-Nice-Pianos-JNv1.4  Contains the Salamanders and Nice Steinways in one set at 962mb in size. This set has the full 15 layered Salamanders and very long samples for both pianos.
Steinway B-JNv2.0  Is a compact (33mb) piano with three presets. Based on SGM piano samples with a little more expression. Pretty good sounding for its size.
























Rhodes EPs Plus-JN1.5  Is an extended 50mb version of the Rhodes EP, plus also includes a DX7, Clavinets, Wurlitzer, Electric Grand and Harpsichord.
These are already included in all the Nice-Keys-** SoundFonts.
Rhodes EP  Is a nice expressive 8 layer 12mb Electric Piano with the classic Rhodes sound including slow and fast tremolo settings.
 

Nice-Strings-PlusOrchestra-v1.4  If you are looking for strings, harp and orchestral this is the set for you at 421mb (with 242mb dedicated to the harp that has over 590 samples and up to 8 velocity layers!)

Gothic/Celtic Harp by Jason Sommerlad.

The All Around Violin has three velocity layers plus key-off effects and is public domain.

Ethan's Cello is by Ethan Winer (ethanwiner.com/ewsf2.html)


Nice-Instruments-Extended-V1.3  All of the instruments below plus the best Acoustic and Electric Guitars, EPs and Organs.  This set plus a piano set (say Sal-Stein-Uprights-UltraCompact-JNv1.5) will cover just about everything. It is 382mb in size.
Nice-Instruments-JNv1.5  Is a set of 200mb containing various expressive instruments including Flute, Sax, Trumpet, Violin, Chamber Strings, Banjo, Mandolin, Bagpipes, Sitar and Moog Synth.  Sounds have been edited to place emphasis on dynamics and responsiveness to touch. These are already included in the main Full Keys sets.













PNS Drum Kit  This free acoustic drum set is courtesy of the proVitamin GM free demo set (http://www.reasonbanks.com).  PinkNoise Studio on the web.

Nice-4-Bass-V1.5 This is an sf2 simplified version of three different basses - all with 4 velocity layers.  It includes the 1958 Otto Rubner double bass played and mapped by Drogomir Smolken, recorded by Ludwik Zamenhof. The samples are exceptional and some percussive effects have been mapped to some high notes. Royalty-free for all commercial and non-commercial use. Copyright 2016 Karoryfer Lecolds (Karoryfer Samples). The original Meatbass sfz version for Sforzando has round-robin sampling and includes arco as well as pizzicato presets.  (http://www.karoryfer.com/karoryfer-samples).
The included Electric Finger Bass is an Ibanez Roadstar Electric Bass courtesy of http://www.turtlesounds.net/ and converted to sf2.
The Electric Picked Bass is also from turtlesounds and there are some nice effects in the upper range including finger slides and percussive sounds.


Customizing Your SoundFont
Suppose you like say the large Nice-Keys-Extreme SoundFont but you wish it was a bit smaller and didn't include certain sounds.  You can customize it with just a few mouse clicks by using the free SoundFont editing program Polyphone.   Its very simple to do.
Download the free Polyphone program from here:
http://polyphone-soundfonts.com/en/
or just click Polyphone to go to the site.
Open the SoundFont with Polyphone.
Click the arrow next to Presets.
Right Click on any presets you don't want.
Select Delete.
Go to Tools, Global, Remove Unused Elements, OK.
Save the New SoundFont (File, Save As, rename it if you wish).  That's all.
The reduction in size will depend upon which samples are being used/shared between the various presets.
You can also use Polyphone to combine SoundFonts. Simply open two SoundFonts, drag a preset from one to the Preset heading in the other. Close the SoundFont you don't want (main folder title, right-click, close) then save.

Audio Samples of SoundFonts (on Soundcloud)
General Midi SGMv2.01-JN-SMPv1.0
Showcasing basic SGM Piano:

Detailed GM SoundFont SGMv2.01-SMP-JNv1.3
Showcasing the included detailed Salamander Piano:

SGMv2.01-SMP-Stein-JNv1.0
Showcasing Steinway Piano

Steinway Grand Piano

Expressive Strings (included in Nice-Keys SoundFonts)

Some fiddling on some Nice-Instruments

Salamander Grand - Some tinkering with the Bright version with Resonance On

Salamander Grand playing Chopin Prelude in Em

Live Recording with Salamander Piano accompaniment 


Acknowledgements
The basis for the Steinway is from
htpp://www.anthonydeaton.com/philharmonic.html creative commons licence and samples were sourced from University of Iowa.  Extra presets, tonal adjustments and extra velocity filtering layers have been added by myself.
The Salamander Grand made by Alexander Holm (details above) who sampled his Yamaha C5 Grand and is quite well known for having a great sound. Most sf2/sfz versions seem to be lacking the proper dynamics, have latency problems or have been oversimplified. This sf2 version has addressed these issues yet retains its essential character including optional resonance but removes other non-essential sounds such as pedal noises.
The acoustic steel guitar was made by Keith Smith (www.keithsmith.ca) who graciously allowed me to use it. Extra presets, velocity filtering and some other changes have been made.
SSO Strings (Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra) is a creative commons licensed library. For violin, chamber strings and flute I have taken several of the instrument samples and layered them together to allow for expressive playing over the velocity range. Flute SSO for example contains soft, hard and overblown samples from SSO. To create chamber strings I have used bass strings, cello, expressive violin and viola over certain ranges of the keyboard.
Other sounds are the pick of the best that are freely available on the net and have been edited mainly to give better dynamics, layered with other sounds or adapted to suit sf2 format.
Happy playing,
John Nebauer

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