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The soundfont browser is a link between Polyphone and the soundfont repository of the Polyphone website. It allows you, directly in Polyphone, to download, test and possibly re-use soundfonts.

Browsing soundfonts

To open the soundfont browser, click on Online repository or write a keyword on the home screen. Once the soundfont browser is open in a new tab, it is possible to search, sort and filter the results.

Browsing soundfonts
Browsing soundfonts

Searching a soundfont

For searching a soundfont, write one or more keywords in the top bar and then press Enter. It is possible to write Author:someone to search soundfonts of a specific author.

Sorting the results

Next to the search bar, a drop-down menu provides 4 ways to sort soundfont results:

Date
Newest soundfonts are first.
Downloads
More downloaded soundfonts are first.
Rating score
Highest rated soundfonts are first.
Title (A→Z)
Soundfonts results are sorted according to the alphabetical order.

Filtering the results

Results can be filtered in different ways:

Category
Kind of instrument.
License
It's possible to list soundfonts having a license allowing a commercial and / or a sharing after the soundfont is edited.
Sample source
Origin of the samples.
Timbre
Description of the timbre.
Articulation
Description of the articulation.
Genre
Genre targeted by the soundfont.
MIDI standard
Listing only soundfonts compliant with a standard is possible.
Tags
Show soundfonts having a specific tag.

Soundfont description

Opening a soundfont description can be made with a double-click on a cell in the Daily soundfonts of the home screen or in the soundfont browser. A Premium account is required for soundfonts that are not in the Daily soundfonts. Connecting Polyphone to your account is possible in the settings of the software.

Description page of a soundfont
Description page of a soundfont

The description of a soundfont is made of:

  • a header, in which you can find the title, the number of comments, the number of downloads and the rating,
  • a left part, comprising the author name, a date, the license type (please take care of this), the category and other attributes that characterize the soundfont,
  • a central part, displaying a textual description, the list of files to download and possible comments.

Download

For downloading a file, click on the icon download next to its file name in the section Downloads. You will see the download progress in a menu next to the main menu, at the top right corner of the software. Once a file is downloaded and if the file is a soundfont, it is possible to open it in a soundfont editor by clicking on the icon open.

It is possible from the menu to clear the completed downloads. If everything is cleared, the download menu disappears.

Dowloading soundfonts
Dowloading soundfonts
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