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Custom soundfont to play all a guitar's sounds 5 years 4 months ago #2

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Welcome on this forum!

Thank you for sharing this work that doesn't seem to be that easy. If there is a demo somewhere on YouTube that would be nice to see :-)

If I understand, your program assigns for each key a finger and then, based on the computed position of this finger on the guitar, the bank / preset is automatically chosen?
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Custom soundfont to play all a guitar's sounds 1 year 6 months ago #3

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BryanDem, did you make this soundfont available for download? I am searching for a good nylon string soundfont. Before I make my own from my Epiphone C50, I'd like to know if I can just get yours instead. :)
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Custom soundfont to play all a guitar's sounds 1 year 6 months ago #4

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"If I understand, your program assigns for each key a finger and then, based on the computed position of this finger on the guitar, the bank / preset is automatically chosen?"

The program does assign a "patch" and a "note" to each string/fret location on the fretboard. The patch is user-selectable for each string. So, strings 1 thru 3 could be assigned a "bare finger" patch for a given guitar type (classical, acoustic...). And, strings 4 thru 6 could be assigned a "playing with a pick" patch that was also "palm muted" when sampled. This would be the standard, Travis Picking way to "voice" these strings.

And, the user CAN assign a finger to a string/fret position on the fretboard. This is one way to "search" for a specific chord in the database and is also used to "create" a new chord or "modify" an existing guitar chord. Of course, chords can quickly be searched by chord name, as well.
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Custom soundfont to play all a guitar's sounds 1 year 6 months ago #5

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I never did create this soundfont for my Yamaha C40. Instead, I've gone the VST instrument route.

There are some free VST instruments and free VST players provided by Native Instruments (Kontakt 6) and Ample Sound. Some samples were obtained with bare fingers, some with plectrums, and some with or without palm muting.

This is the standard, MIDI route taken by most DAW users in their home-recording studios. But in my case, I'm using Unity instead as a VST Host application to control these other VST Players.
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Custom soundfont to play all a guitar's sounds 1 year 6 months ago #6

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Thanks for your reply! The best nylon string guitar VST or Soundfont that I've found is DSK Guitars Nylon (which only really sounds right when in an ensemble, not as a solo instrument). Spitfire Audio Labs Guitar Harmonics works a little better, even though it wasn't even created with a nylon string guitar.

I tried several Ample guitars and didn't find one that sounded anything like realistic, so I wasn't happy with them (I think it was Ample Guitar M Lite and also a lite bass). I did just search again and found Ample Guitar L, it sounds like it might work out for me. Unfortunately I cannot use anything for Kontakt, even the free player version. When I try, it is completely silent, and I have no idea how to fix it. I finally just deleted everything from NA from my computer. I appreciate the tip about Ample and I will check it out!
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Custom soundfont to play all a guitar's sounds 1 year 5 months ago #7

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The Ample one that sounded like what I was looking for wasn't free, but in case anyone comes after me looking for the same thing, I found Classic.Gtr by Quiet Music, and it is working out really well! It's a multi-sampled Spanish classical guitar. There is a free version and a paid version, the free one has 7 patches and 'Original' sounds just about exactly like what I was looking for.

vst4free.com/plugin/3183/?fbclid=IwAR1JM...rB1Hvs8uxEGn0Plj9_T0
Last Edit: 1 year 5 months ago by Susannah Rolfes. Reason: Clarification
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