Favourite/preferred Soundfont(s) 2021-12-13 12:02 am Hi all,after looking into @Flurmy 's little issue here: https://forum.noteworthycomposer.com/?topic=10126.new#info_72826I thought it might be worthwhile if we took the time to share our preferences regarding Soundfonts.As I'm sure anyone who has spent any time looking for a soundfont that suits them knows, it can be a very long and frustrating exercise, so I thought it could be good if we pooled our discoveries. Which soundfonts do you like, which ones do you dislike and reasons for both.Bear in mind, this is all subjective and should NOT be considered an objective critique as your mileage WILL vary. My personal priority is for good sounding winds, particularly brass. Of course my interpretation of good and yours will surely be different. My preferences are heavily informed by my trombone playing. If you are, say, a piano player I'm sure piano sounds will be your priority, ditto if you are a string or reed player etc..Something I've found interesting. In many cases certain sounds will be identical between very different soundfonts. I can only assume there has been a lot of "borrowing" going on between authors, or perhaps many of them have used the same sources for some of their sounds. Because of my bias for brass I have noticed this particularly in the brass sounds.I'll kick it off:LIKE:Merlin_GMpro(v3.15) I really like the trombone sound and none of the other sounds I've used irritate me enough to look further at the moment.DISLIKE:Airfont340The trombone sound is terrible and the Bright Acoustic Piano is trying to be a Harpsicord. Also seems to have playback problems on Acoustic Grand patchAirfont380The trombone sound is terribleSeveral Creative fonts distributed with soundblaster cards I've purchased over the yearsObviously computer generated, just disappointing, though sax sounds seem to workRoland (various)These are clearly related to the Roland sounds distributed with Windows and we all know why we don't use that!Around 20 other soundfonts (list below)For most of them the trombone (and other brass) is just plain wrong. In many cases strings are good, but I've found a few where violin sounds in particular are sub-standard. In general they aren't awful, I just don't like them. YMMVAMBIVALENT:Yamaha XG SoundSetThe Yamaha S-YXG50 synth was my goto in XP, but the .sf2 implementation is not nearly as good. No longer a favourite. Difficult to find and not worth the effort IMHO.WeedsGM3.sf2Generally OK, but I find the brass wantingMusyng Kite.sf2/Evanessence2.sf2Both from the same creator, the latter is the predecessor - Generally OK, but I find the brass wantingTimbres Of Heaven GM_GS_XG_SFX V 3.4 Final.sf2Generally OK, but I find the brass wantingTitanic 200 GM-GS SoundFont 1.1.sf2Generally OK, but I find the brass wantingFluidR3_GM.SF2Generally OK, but I find the brass wantingAs you might be able to tell, I'm particularly fussy about the brass sounds... And they're often very disappointing.List from DISLIKE table:053.7mg Taiji Generation V6.66 Bank.sf238.1mg the atomic soundfont v1.0 bank.sf261.9mg_Jurgen_GM_GS_Bank.sf265.8mg music man gm gs v1.0 bank.sf28Rock11e.sf2Airfont_340.sf2airfont_380_final.sf2Arachno_SoundFont_Version_1.0.sf2Creative (emu10k1)8MBGMSFX.SF2Creative Labs 2M GM_2gmgsmt.sf2Creative Labs 4M GM_4gmgsmt.sf2CrisisGeneralMidi3.01.sf2CT2MGM.SF2CT4MGM.SF2Hyper-VSC SF-GS v2.sf2OmegaGMGS2.sf2Roland SC-55 50 MB by Trevor James.sf2Roland SC-55 54 MB by Trevor James.sf2ross.sf2sYnerGi 200.sf2sYnerGi 200LE.sf2sYnerGi-8Mb.sf2sYnerGiGS.sf2SYNTHGMS.sf2Disclaimer:To the best of my knowledge all of these soundfonts are freely distributed by the authors with the exception of the Creative ones which I progressively acquired as I purchased various Creative sound cards over the past several decades.