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Batch convert SFZ to SF2, no changes [I give up] 1 month 3 weeks ago #1

  • OldNick
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Seems nobody else is interested or knows about what could be a MOST useful feature of PPhone, if only it was not documented so badly and disjointedly. :(

I am sure this has been asked, but the questions seemed to involve certain riders.

I just want to convert heaps of SFZ files (whose gradual passing I mourn) to sf2, to play in so many players that won't. Ironically my main target is Phenome. It behaves like a SFZ player (I was a Creative freak way back when) and has all that fiddly stuff like ADSR, that I loved.....except ot only plays SF2..

SFZ and Sforzando seem dead and indeed only crippled compared to what I see it described. So back to SF2 players/editors that allow the old art.

So if I can, no modification, just conversion, en masse. Then as in the old times, use PolyPhone to alter what does not suit.

Hope this is not a vapid question.

Any help appreciated

Nick
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Batch convert SFZ to SF2, no changes 1 month 2 weeks ago #2

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OK. To show I am not just begging, here are some things I have tried, as gleaned from forums and the PPhone PFD.
To attempt a single conversion: This does nothing and the cmd window refers me to a dead site.

cd C:\Program Files\Polyphone
.\polyphone.exe -1 -i C:\Program Files (x86)\Cakewalk\Dimension Pro\Multisamples\05 - Guitars\Gibson Les Paul Unison Bends.sfz -o C:\Program Files (x86)\Cakewalk\Dimension Pro\Multisamples\05 - Guitars


Or another approach, to do multiple files:
This again does nothing and again I am referred to the same dead site.

FOR %%i IN ("C:\Program Files (x86)\Cakewalk\Dimension Pro\Multisamples\05 - Guitars\*.sfz") DO "C:/Program files/Polyphone/polyphone.exe" -1 -i %%i >PPhone.txt

pause
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Batch convert SFZ to SF2, no changes 1 month 1 week ago #3

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dont know if i understand you right (old Dutch brains) but if you want to convert a SFZfile to a SF2file, just open the .SFZ in Polyphone and Polyphone will save it as a SF2file for you.

as for the bulk, is that bulk 100 SFZfiles containing 1 or 2 presets or is it 10 SFZfiles contaning 100+ presets?

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Batch convert SFZ to SF2, no changes 1 month 1 week ago #4

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HAH! Old Dutch brains to old Ausie brains....

Hundreds of SFZs of various complexity, but as many as I can carry over in most cases. No alterations.
Hence the need for batch activity. I realise that I can open each SFZ then save as SF2, but I have access to hundreds of SFZ ones.

The players that play SFZs these days seem to be thin on the ground and not very expressively controllable.
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Batch convert SFZ to SF2, no changes 1 month 1 week ago #5

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the easiest way i can think up is:
associate .SFZ with Polyphone.
doubleclick the .SFZ and Polyphone will open it.
close Polyphone and the app will ask you if you want to save.
hit enter and doubleclick the next .SFZ.

boring, but maybe you can teach your pet kangaroo to do it.
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Batch convert SFZ to SF2, no changes [I give up] 1 month 1 week ago #6

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SFZ offers a lot more possibilities than soundfonts and the construction can be very complex, so it can happen SFZ-files contain opcodes which are not supported in the soundfont format. In that matter it's impossible for Polyphone to read all SFZ-files correctly. As Polyphone is now I think it does a very good job with reading SFZ-files.

The best you can do is to get a bit familiar with the SFZ-format. Then you can alter the SFZ-files yourself, so it can be readen with Polyphone. To alter SFZ-files you can do a lot with just a simple text-editor and its "search and replace" function.

To learn the basics of the SFZ-format you can do the opposite: use Polyphone to export soundfonts to SFZ. Then open the SFZ-files with a text editor to examine its contents.

More info about the SFZ-format:
sfzformat.com/
sfzformat.com/legacy/
www.drealm.info/sfz/plj-sfz.xhtml
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