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Old 06-04-2019, 07:57 AM   #1
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Default Any Linux-newbie-friendly way to load a soundfont in Reaper

Hello,

Is there any very easy way to load a soundfont in reaper in a way that does not involve compiling and so on. I have been browsing the internet up and down, north and south, have tried to use Fluidsynth or LinuxSampler but nothing works for me. In LunuxSampler's case, I could not even get to install it. Carla seems to be an option but before installing tons of stuffs and spending a lot of time on something , I'd rather know which direction is the right one.

What do you recommend? Anything native and simple? Any JS Plug-in or Reaplugs? I am using Ubuntu Studio 18.04.

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Old 06-04-2019, 08:04 AM   #2
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Instead of trying to find a native Linux Soundfont VSTi, which might not even exist, I use both sForzando and Phenome for Windows running in WINE and bridge them using LinVST. All my Windows plugins work the same way.
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:12 AM   #3
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Yes Carla is probably the way to go for a simple to use soundfont player plus it’s great for running lv2 fx plugins. It’s definitely a very useful tool to have in the box.

As Glennbo says you could go the wine/linvst route but I still think Carla’s worth having.
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:56 PM   #4
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I remember that I once used "LinuxSampler" in Windows

I suppose it should work in Linux as well

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Old 06-04-2019, 11:09 PM   #5
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And there's SFZero

https://github.com/osxmidi/SFZero-X/releases/tag/0.5

Just for Linux...works great
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:07 AM   #6
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I use 'zynaddsubfx' I loaded it as 2 stand alone soft synths (one ALSA one JACK) with good sound banks. I have it on desktop apart from REAPER. And I click it then click qjack connect and go. If I then open Reaper and connect in Qjackctrl I can play it through REAPER Linux and record it. I searched long and hard for something like it. And it is good and works so well for me. Has a good linux sound bank. I ALSO have it on my separate midi controller PC with Yamaha keyboard and works like a charm on that too. Often I will run zybaddsubfx through Qysynth or Fluid synth And run that through Bristol. Which means I can run the keys sound into say a DX7 into a B-3 into a a moog (or loop it into 5 moogs etc) There is not a sound I can not replicate out of that little PC. And I can shoot that sample over to Reaper. I see no reason why you can't add zynaddsubfx to Reaper through Jack... It works for me SIMPLE and easily. REAPER is so flexible - I will see if I get the old Fluid synth through reaper when I get a chance.

Between zyn and xhip synth (as well as the old school ravegenerator etc) I do not need any Win or VSTs or other sound banks. Good luck if you need some specifics shoot back here.
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:04 AM   #7
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Thank you for your answers guys, I shall try your solutions and report soon. Carla seems the easiest solution. If only Reaper had a little native soundfont reader...

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I remember that I once used "LinuxSampler" in Windows

I suppose it should work in Linux as well

-Michael
I am sure it works but I can not get to install it since it needs compiling and other linux magic that I do not master.
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:36 AM   #8
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And there's SFZero

https://github.com/osxmidi/SFZero-X/releases/tag/0.5

Just for Linux...works great

I can also vouch for SFZero. It works well here.

Linuxsampler is my go to for pretty much everything, but for a quick and dirty patch or two for a tune, SFZero is easier to add and use, imho.



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Old 06-05-2019, 06:26 AM   #9
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T since it needs compiling
There was a Windows binary for LinuxSampler.

There also are Linux binaries -> https://www.linuxsampler.org/downloa...l#linuxsampler

They say: "We currently provide pre-compiled binaries for the following operating systems:" .. Debian,. Ubuntu, Gentoo, Suse.


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