General SoundFont from MuseScore (lossy)


This is the new standard hard disc space-saving SF3 format soundfont as shipped with MuseScore 2.2 and newer.

This release of the soundfont supports Single-Note Dynamics with MuseScore 3.2 and higher.

MuseScore_General attempts to keep the installed-size footprint low while providing the complete GM (General MIDI) sound set and some extras; were it not for the new pianos, it would even be smaller than its antecessor fluidr3mono-gm-soundfont despite restoring stereo samples for some instruments and the new focus on quality, thanks to numerous optimisations and bugfixes.

It can be used with most modern MIDI synthesisers which support the SF3 format, although early implementations (such as the one from MuseScore before release 2.2) had bugs making the resulting sound bad; instead use fluidr3mono-gm-soundfont for those.

As it comes under the MIT licence, it can be used in most settings, but do remember that waveforms generated using this soundfont are “copies or substantial portions of the” soundfont. It is sufficient to reproduce the licence and copyright notice in any “associated documentation files” provided with your generated waveforms.

The musescore-general-soundfont-small package contains the normal soundfont (as shipped with MuseScore 3.x), lossily SF3 compressed. The musescore-general-soundfont package similarly provides the HQ version of the soundfont (with separate ensembles instruments and other large improvements) as SF3, whereas the SF2 HQ version is packaged as musescore-general-soundfont-lossless for use with synthesisers lacking SF3 support, by audiophiles, and to avoid long MuseScore startup times; however with a large disc footprint.

This package will be installed into /usr/share/sounds/sf3/ which is the standard Debian location for system-wide SF3 soundfonts.

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