Soundfont for overly-picky orchestra nerds
First warning, it's huge. 656MB uncompressed.
Second warning, it's not General Midi compliant. Not even close. There are multiples of every orchestral instrument, they're in the order you would usually find them in a score.
Third warning: it's really, really, REALLY not done. It's usuable, but it's going to change majorly in new versions. I've been delaying sharing this specifically because I'm probably going to change presets - add new ones, move others around. The most obvious one right now is Trumpet Sus(at the very bottom of the preset list) and Westgate ff I'll be replacing westgate ff with the sus once I get all of sus looped. They're both from Westgate, btw, it's just that the sus has more velocity levels than ff, which is obviously better.
If that didn't scare you off, here's the link and some more info:
Here's a demo, it's from the Nutcracker, I have nearly the whole first act posted at my profile if you're interested.
//www.dropbox.com/s/zx1z3cgghqyfinz/Demo.mp3?dl=0/Night falls, Christmas Tree Grows
This is mostly a compilation soundfont, but I have edited nearly every single sound in there, whether it for looping(SSO), velocity layers(all the brass, the bass clarinets, cflute, etc...), or volume(everything). I didn't touch AA violin, that thing is a work of art. It's not looped, but... omg, it's beautiful *because* it isn't looped. A lot of these sounds are free things that are now nearly impossible to find outside of sf2midi, or actually impossible to find(westgate).
I put in multiple of each because I'm an orchestral nerd, and if you really want playback to sound right, if you have three flute parts or six french horn parts, you need three different flutes and six different french horns.
Preset list with comments, * denotes the best quality instrument in that group:
000 Piccolo SSO
001 Piccolo SGM
002 *Piccolo (no idea where this is from, sorry)
010 Flute (the one Fluid contribution)
011 Flute SSO (looped, top two notes fixed)
012 Flute Section (from SSO, looped)
013 Alto Flute SSO
015 Oboe SSO
016 Oboe Stereo
017 Oboe (another orphan from somewhere)
018 *Cor Anglais Florestan(not that great, but best overall)
019 Cor Anglais SSO (terrible for fast passages, good for largo.)
020 English Horn V (unlikely to stay)
021 Eb Clar UoI (not our lovely Church Organist's, I did this one.)
022 *Clarinet SSO
025 Clarinet SGM(No/little change in timbre over the range, but decent for a backup)
026 *Bass Clarinet SSO (has velocity layers)
027 Bass Clarinet UoI
028 *Bassoon SSO
029 Bassoon UoI
030 Ethan's Bassoon
031 Contrabassoon SSO
032 *French Horn SSO
033 JL Solo Horn (does not have the lower range, only use on parts that don't go into bass clef)
034 French Horn SGM (second best after SSO, full range and velocity)
035 French Horns ToH(French Horn *section*)
036 JL Stopped Horn (faked with a filter)
039 Flugelhorn (also from JL, have used as wagner tuba)
040 Baritone Horn (only one I could find)
045 Trumpet ToH solo (Vibrato, brassy)
046 Trumpet SSO (good overall)
047 Trumpet Westgate ff(brass your face off)
048 Trumpet UoI (not very brassy, does well as a cornet against the brassketeers as trumpets)
049 JL Trumpet(also a good cornet)
051 JL Trombone(nice mf tone, not brassy)
052 Tenor Trombone SSO (Brassy)
053 *Tenor Trombone Uoi (ff, mf, pp)
055 *Bass Trombone (full velocity layers, appropriately face melting, although I *still* don't think it's loud enough)
056 Bass Trombone SSO (full velocity layers, not quite as face-melting, NOT FULLY LOOPED)
057 Euphonium (only one I could find, decent)
058 Tuba SGM
059 Muted Trumpet-C1(only GM compliant preset. Was the only muted trumpet I could find that sounded like a muted trumpet)
060 Campbell's Eb Tuba(solid Jazz tuba)
061 *Tuba UoI (velocity layered, very brassy when loud)
062 Timpani Gold 2(normal)
063 *Tympani SSO(regular octave is right hand stick, down an octave is left hand stick, Up an octave for rolls, up another for *crescendoing* rolls, stick have velocity layers. My suggestion is to write for notation in first voice(check 'don't play' box in inspector) and use fully invisible second voice for actual playback. That's what I did for timpani rolls in the demo)
064 Orchestral Harp
065 *Harp SSO
067 Tutti (g.o) Organ(from Jeux, might change, or add more stops to the soundfont)
068 Grand Piano (Steinway, very detailed layering)
070 Harpsichord 1&2 Blanchet-Jeu (every single note is sampled, from a 17th century harpsichord. This is the version with both of the normal stops pulled out)
071 First Violins (from SSO)
072 1st Violins Pizzicato
073 AA Solo Violin
074 Solo Violin Pizzicato
075 Second Violins
076 2nd Violins Pizzicato
077 Gagliano Violin (solo, less dramatic than AA, looped)
078 Viola Section
079 Violas Pizz.
080 Cadenza Viola (I really, really need a better(good) viola sample. Will probably go to UoI for it)
081 Solo Viola Pizzicato
082 Violoncello Section
083 Celli Pizzicato
084 *Ethan's cello
085 Cadenza Cello
086 Solo Cello Pizzicato
087 Contrabassi Section
088 Bassi Pizzicato
089 Cadenza Double Bass (I've got meatbass samples, they'll probably replace this)
090 Solo C-Bass Pizzicato
0106 Shamisen/col legno (the Shamisen from ToH, volume turned way down, for fake col legno effect. Will probably add another, so more than one section can play col legno without being terribly loud)
005 Harpsichord 1 Blanchet-jeu(only the first stop from the harpsichord)
006 Harpsichord 2 Blanchet Jeu(only the second)
008 Lute (only the lute stop from the harpsichord. Yes, they have a lute stop.)
044 Tremolo Strings(from SGM, if you use them, write them as long notes in second voice - tied whole notes, half notes instead of two quarter, etc - invisible them, then write proper notation in first voice. Only really good for unmetered tremolo - three slash stems or places marked 'trem.' usually.)
GS Orchestra Kit
Orchestral Drum Kit
The drumsets are normal, except for SSO, which has three different gongs, snare rolls, multiple cymbal rolls, and a triangle roll. Also no timpani sound in the SSO set.
More French Horns, real stopped horns
Muted versions of all brass and strings
Trombone Wah-wahs, maybe Trombone slides
Real Col legno, spiccato, sul G, point of the bow(can't remember the italian, punta del'arco? or something)
Solo Viola. Solo everything, so I can make better samples.
BBb Tuba and F Tuba
A real Baritone horn
Long, quiet cymbal roll. Or the magical ability to loop those things.
Quiet cymbal crash, so I can velocity layer the crash.
Some of this I can do on my own, some of it I can beg and plead with my orchestra friends over - although I don't have a good microphone.
I also don't necessarily know what I'm doing with licenses, so if there are any bombs, please tell me.
EDIT: added the drum style I've been using. Also not finished, but it labels quite a few sounds in the SSO percussion.