Sfz player and Sonatina soundfont
I know when the subject of high end soundfonts comes up, the Sonatina soundfont often comes up, but it is only available in SFZ format. While the demo on Mattias' site is impressive, I have my doubts about how well it would actually work for basic playback - without the enormous amount of hand tweaking that presumably went into that demo. At one point I tried looking into tools to convert it to SF2 with some lmited success, then I gave up, as it seemed there would be a lot of work involved in really making it happen.
Now, it occurs to me that if there were a program that could play MIDI files using SFZ soundfonts, I could create a MIDI using MuseScore and hear for myself how it sounds with automated playback. Hearing that might change how I feel about thus whole idea of growing our own soundfont, one way or another. But while I know the VLC player can play any MIDI file using an SF2 soundfont, if there is something analogous for SFZ, I haven't found it. I found the free program from Cakewalk, but I think it perhaps is just meant to be used as VSTi plugin or something, because if there is a way to just select a MIDI file and play it, I have't figured it out. Also, it appears you can only load individual samoles, no way to load the whole library that I can figure out.
Any ideas? I have Sonatina downloaded and installed and would really like to hear it on some of my files.