One drum staff reproduced by two differents SF2.

• Nov 4, 2018 - 17:20


In the drum staff, is it possible that different notes (instruments) be reproduced (played) by two different sf2?

The motive for this is that I have a drum SF2 that I like a lot the bass drum, snare and hihat, and I have another drum SF2 that I like a lot the toms, ride and cymbals. In this way, using only the sounds I like from both SF2 I would get the perfect drum!

It would be ideal that some notes (bass drum, snare, etc.) from the drum staff were played by one SF2, and other notes (toms, ride, etc.) from the same staff were played by the other SF2.

Obviously with the editing of the drum map.

This would be great!

Is it possible?

(Excuse my poor English)


Each staff is assigned a single sound channel, so mixing sound fonts on a singe drum set is not possible. You would need to find a program that would allow you to create your own sound font. There are some apparently good free ones, but I've never used one. I'm sure someone will recommend one or more to you if you wait a little while.

Not possible in MuseScore, sorry.
Your only option is to create your own perfect drumset yourself.

I recommend Polyphone.
Open the sf2(s) you desire sounds from,
copy the preset that is closest to a set you desire into a new sf2,
then pick your favorite replacement samples and paste them into it.
It is difficult at first, but the learning curve is pretty easy.
Just be sure not to overwrite any original sf2 and be sure to save your new preset in bank 128 so MuseScore will see it as a drumset. Keep the note mappings the same if you don't want to remap in MuseScore.
Then the only tedious thing is you will need to re-load it every time to hear any changes you make.

Good luck

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