User manual


Welcome to the User Manual of Polyphone! You will learn here how to use every feature of the software. If you need more help, or if the reading of these pages puts you off, you may find assistance in the forum, with tutorials, or on YouTube (special thanks to Polyphone users for their useful videos). Extra information can also be found in the annexes.

Home screen

The first screen of Polyphone is basically made of 3 parts:

  • a left part, containing a file history and shortcuts;
  • a right part, dedicated to the soundfont repository;
  • a top area, containing tabs and a menu.

home screen of Polyphone

Left part

Opening a soundfont

Three ways for opening a soundfont:

  • a click on "Open a file" opens a file browser, the allowed file to select having the extension sf2, sf3, sfArk or sfz (the different formats are described here);
  • a click on "Create a soundfont" opens an empty soundfont, everything is to be done from scratch;
  • a double-click on a soundfont from the history re-open it.

When a soundfont is open, a new tab appears with a soundfont editor inside.

Shortcuts

Three buttons are located at the bottom of the left part:

  • Documentation
    Open a web browser for reading the Polyphone documentation.
  • Forum
    Open a web browser with the URL of the Polyphone forum.
  • Settings
    Open the settings of the software in a new tab.

Right part

Online repository

A click on the button "Online repository" opens a tab with the soundfont browser.

Daily soundfonts

Every day, 5 random soundfonts are displayed here. This is made for inciting people discovering new soundfonts. Double-clicking on one of them opens a new tab with the corresponding soundfont description.

Search

It is possible to write a keyword here for searching specific soundfonts and the results will be displayed in the soundfont browser.

Top area

Tabs

The tabs provide a quick access between:

Menu

The menu, located in the top right corner, contains general functions and is described here.