Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

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Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby rfnagel » 2010-3-18 @ 09:34

Hiya Folks,

Several here might remember me mentioning my own custom soundfont that has been developing over the years, but never really had an online "home" to store it.

I've recently made an update to the soundfont, and Ian Luck of "XMPlay" fame has so graciously allowed me to upload it and host it on his server; so's it's now available for download over at the main XMPlay web page ( http://www.un4seen.com/xmplay.html#plugins / http://www.un4seen.com/download.php?extra/WeedsGM3 ). Readme (also included in the ZIP) is here -> http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... edsGM3.txt .

A little cut 'n' paste from one of my PMs to Mr. Luck over at his forums:


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Rich Nagel wrote:Hi Ian,

In several of my messages in the forum I've mentioned a large custom soundfont that has been developing over the past few years. It's my main "base" GM soundfont that I've used extensively with my Sound Blaster Live and XMPlay (as well as my AWE32 sound cards... that is, before it got way to big for them LOL!).

I've finished another update to the soundfont, and was looking for an online home for it. Per my previous messages in the forum, I had never uploaded it to anywhere, due to it's sheer size (and my miserable dialup connection out here in the woods LOL!). I was wondering if you wished to offer it for download in place of (or as an alternative) to the "Chorium" soundfont that you have over at the XMPlay download page?

Anyhow, the ZIP contains a readme and a self-extracting "sfArk" archive (sfArk is great for compressing soundfonts, much better that ZIP/RAR/ACE/ etc...). The ZIP with the self-extracting sfArk weighs in at about 27 megs, and the extracted soundfont is almost 55 megs.

Some stats of the soundfont (included/mentioned in the readme):

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SoundFont Filename: WeedsGM3.sf2
Self-extracting sfArk Archive Filename: WeedsGM3.sfArk.exe
Zip Archive Filename: WeedsGM3.zip
File Dates and Times: March 1, 2010 3:00a
Readme Documentation: WeedsGM3.txt
License Agreement Documentation: WeedsGM3.License.txt
MIDI Files: None
Number of User Samples: 762
Size of User Samples: 54,694,776 bytes
Number of ROM Samples: 0
Number of Instruments: 147
Number of Melodic Presets: 128
Number of Percussive Presets: 9
Total SoundFont Filesize: 54,894,076 bytes
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Anyway, this custom soundfont sounds considerably better than the "Chorium" soundfont IM(Not So)HO, and I was simply wondering if you wanted to offer it for download at the XMPlay download page? If so, I suppose I could upload the ZIP to your FTP server, although it will take me a while.


Cheers (and thanks for XMplay and the MIDI plugin!),

Rich


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Anyhow, download and extract the ZIP, and then run the EXE to finish extracting the soundfont. You'll need a sound card that supports soundfonts (or simply "XMPlay", with the "MIDI Plugin" installed), and one that can handle loading a 54.8 meg soundfont.

BTW, attached to this message is a ZIP containing a few MIDI files that really show this thing off:

"Grabbag - Duke Nukem 3D - Lee Jackson.mid" (transposed and re-arranged a bit)
"March To War - Rich Weeds Nagel.mid" (threw this together last night)
"Mustang Sally - Arranged by Rich Weeds Nagel.mid" (no melody, go ahead and sing along <LOL>!)
"Ramblings of a Non-Pianist (Op. 2) - Rich Weeds Nagel.mid" (nope, I'm not a pianist <G>!)
"Toccata in D Minor - Bach.mid" (added bass pedals)

Hope y'all like it :)


(EDIT) Corrected broken links above, and added mirrors below:
http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... edsGM3.txt

http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... edsGM3.zip
http://www.philscomputerlab.com/uploads ... edsgm3.zip

http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... _MIDIs.zip
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby digger » 2010-3-22 @ 09:10

Impressive work, rfnagel. :)

Have you considered joining forces with the Freepats project? They surely could use your help, methinks.

http://freepats.zenvoid.org/
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby rfnagel » 2010-3-22 @ 13:19

digger wrote:Impressive work, rfnagel. :)


Thanks! Glad you liked the soundfont :)


digger wrote:Have you considered joining forces with the Freepats project? They surely could use your help, methinks.

http://freepats.zenvoid.org/


I had never heard of them before, thanks for the heads-up :)
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby Teppic » 2010-3-24 @ 11:20

Thanks!

I've tried it a little and it sounds great. Always good to have another good soundfont to choose from.
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby rfnagel » 2010-3-24 @ 16:35

Teppic wrote:Thanks! I've tried it a little and it sounds great. Always good to have another good soundfont to choose from.


Glad you liked it :)
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby Zup » 2010-5-05 @ 21:41

The link doesn't download anymore (403 - forbidden)... are there any other link to download the soundfont?
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby leileilol » 2010-5-06 @ 00:16

hahah duke3d shotgun gunshot sample, classic
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby rfnagel » 2010-5-06 @ 02:12

Zup wrote:The link doesn't download anymore (403 - forbidden)... are there any other link to download the soundfont?


Ian seems to be currently having trouble with his server.

Try this:

First, surf here -> http://www.un4seen.com/xmplay.html#plugins .

Then, click on the "here" link ("Another soundfont is available here.") under the "MIDI input plugin (revision 9)" section. That will take you to this page -> http://www.un4seen.com/download.php?extra/WeedsGM3 .

Lastly, copy and paste one of the following two URLs into your web browser's address box while viewing the "here" link page mentioned above:

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http://us2.un4seen.com/files/extra/WeedsGM3.zip

http://uk.un4seen.com/files/extra/WeedsGM3.zip


Hopefully that'll do it for ya, it did for me when I just tested it :)


leileilol wrote:hahah duke3d shotgun gunshot sample, classic


Hehe, I've used that one in several of my 'high brow' MIDI compositions... try playing an extremely note; say, a MIDI C0 or MIDI C1; using the "Gunshot" preset in the soundfont... a real nice sounding cannon blast <grin> :)

Heh, I'm surprised that anyone actually figured out where the original sample came from :)


OK. Guessing game number two:

What/where did the original kick and snare drum samples for the "Power Drum" kit (perc. kit #16) come from <LOL>? :)
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby Zup » 2010-5-07 @ 15:41

That worked OK, thanks
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby rfnagel » 2010-5-07 @ 18:02

Zup wrote:That worked OK, thanks


Superb :)

BTW, Ian just posted a message over in his forums that he has corrected the original problem, so hopefully other folks won't have to jump through the same hoops to download the file :)
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby lightmaster » 2010-5-07 @ 19:08

Excellent , thanks ! (:
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Bagpipe Marching Band and Wind Chimes soundfonts, and a utility

Postby rfnagel » 2010-9-02 @ 10:59

Folks,

I recently uploaded a few of my new(er) creations to http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... oundFonts/ :

Bagpipe Marching Band v1.0 SoundFont
(also includes five sample MIDI files)
Readme -> http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... g_Band.txt
ZIP -> http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... g_Band.zip

Wind Chimes SoundFont
(also includes one sample MIDI file)
Readme -> http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... Chimes.txt
ZIP -> http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... Chimes.zip

Lastly, a little utility (geared towards MIDI musicians, calculates NRPN values for those folks that have EMU based MIDI hardware and sound cards):

NRPN Calculator v1.0
Readme -> http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... PNCalc.txt
ZIP -> http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... PNCalc.zip

(EDIT) Corrected broken links above.
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby rfnagel » 2015-2-14 @ 07:29

Folks,

I STILL haven't got off of my arse and compiled/added my WeedsGM4 Update (that I've previously mentioned around the Internet) to my Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0. But, that being said, I went ahead and uploaded the SEPERATE updated soundfont to my web space.

This update ("WeedsGM4 Update.sf2") can be "stacked" on top of "WeedsGM3.sf2", hence anything contained in the update will supersede any matching preset in "WeedsGM3.sf2" :)

Here is what's updated in "WeedsGM4 Update.sf2":

Bank:Preset = Instrument

001:018 = B3 Leslie Organ
001:025 = Mandolin
002:025 = Mandolin Tremolo
000:043 = Solo ContraBass
000:047 = 8MBGM Timpani
001:105 = Kay KBJ100 Banjo
001:109 = Highland Bagpipes
002:109 = Bagpipes Ensemble

Also included in the ZIP are some newer sample MIDI files to test out the "WeedsGM3.sf2" and "WeedsGM4 Update.sf2" with, as well as an instrument definition file ("WeedsGM4.ins") for Cakewalk Professional.

Anyhow, snag the ZIP from here -> http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... Update.zip :)

Incomplete readme (also included in the ZIP) is here -> http://jasonwilliams400com.startlogic.c ... Update.txt .

As previously mentioned, ensure that you stack "WeedsGM4 Update.sf2" on top of "WeedsGM3.sf2" to take advantage of the update.
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Re: Weeds General MIDI SoundFont v3.0

Postby Hardscore » 2018-6-05 @ 13:40

I wanted to make an account to tell you how much I enjoy this soundfont. Thank you for making it, it is my favorite. Very nice clean sound, no instruments overwhelm the other and they all sound very quality. My only problem is that I cannot get stacking to work for v4 in qsynth but it seems to work just fine in audacious
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