Home Grown Default SoundFont for MuseScore
There have recently been discussions about the shortcomings of the TimGM6MB soundfont in the issue tracker, and I have been looking around for a replacement.
After downloading and testing several candidates, I have come to the conclusion that the only real alternative to using Tim BrechBill's soundfont is to produce one collectively from the MuseScore community, because there are problems with all the potential candidates to replace it - either due to sample copyright issues, or faults in playback such as tuning.
The way it would work is this: We would use samples recorded for the purpose by the MuseScore community, and with either a Public Domain or Creative Commons licence. These would then be collected by the SoundFont development team, processed and then incorporated into a soundfont specially made to be compatible with MuseScore, and its particular needs.
I have sample manipulation skills (and tools) from a prior existence as a MIDI programmer, and would be prepared to co-ordinate the SoundFont project, should the community decide this is a good idea, but I will need the assistance of other people with similar skills.
I know that some members of the MuseScore community have already made steps towards a custom SoundFont - the Drumline percussion immediately springs to mind - and we could incorporate their work in the project.
If you would be interested in forming a SoundFont development group, initially reply here, and if there is enough interest, we can establish a home somewhere on the net.