Re: Favourite/preferred Soundfont(s)
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So I understand that with sf2 you can not get professional results ... Sigh
So in a path of growth I know that the vst is a must.
If I had the certainty that with nwc it could easily run the vst, I would definitely buy one.
Umm, what growth path do you have in mind? How professional do you want?
Remember, NWC's primary purpose is creating music notation. The fact that it's a pretty good sequencer is almost serendipitous.
I think it would be helpful if you have a very clear picture of what you want to achieve.
The quality of sound you get from a soundfont is directly related to the quality of the soundfont, BUT for recording and production purposes you need more than just a soundfont.
If your aim is to get into music recording and production then you need a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), not a notation package.
That said, a notation package is a great starting point, it's just not enough by itself.
As mentioned above, I think the real question is what do you want to achieve?
OK, Do you just want a nice sounding playback of music you've written? Then a synth and soundfont should be fine. The downside is finding a soundfont you like. I call this the "Soundfont Shuffle"
(Actually, the reason I created this thread was for people to share their preferred soundfonts and the reasons for their preference.)
do you want to create recordings for distribution or public performance? You need a DAW, lots of time, dedication and experience, and probably some expensive addons.
N.B. I would definitely NOT be spending money on VST stuff, or soundfonts for that matter, just yet. The first thing to do is explore the free offerings that are available to see their functionality and to determine if this is the direction you want/need to go.
By the way, NWC does NOT run the VST, the same as it does not run any synthesizer. NWC does not create sounds, it outputs a MIDI data stream that is directed to a MIDI output. Where the MIDI stream goes after that is irrelevant to NWC, it literally doesn't care, it just pumps data out the configured port.
If the MIDI data eventually reaches a synthesizer then the synth will create sound as described by the MIDI data.
If the MIDI data is directed to a VST host then the VST host is responsible for what happens after it receives the data. NWC is no longer involved. Just the same as if the data was sent to a synthesizer.