Missing alto flute in many basic soundfonts

• Feb 22, 2021 - 20:56

i write compositions for mixed quintet (and voice). it does include alto flute.
but recently i have found that there is a violin given instead of alto flute. i have tried to change instrument
patches in the mixer but both 'piccolo' and 'shakuhachi' sound very differently from my target instrument.
then i tried to change the soundfont; i tried all available names in synthesizer: default-GM.sf2, FluidR3_GM.sf2,
FluidR3Mono_GM.sf3, MuseScore_General.sf3 but they all give violin patches for 'flute' entry.
only obsolete TimGM6mb.sf2 gives true alto flute (as 'flute TB') but actually i prefer MuseScore_General.sf3
because of its sounding quality, particularly because of realistic coloratura soprano which i don`t want to miss.
could be changes made to MuseScore_General.sf3 to include alto flute?


Comments

Alto flute is not part of the General MIDI standard, so no common soundfont will include it. But I'm confused when you mention violin. If you add an alto flute in MuseScore, the sound you get should be the standard flute (specifically, "Flute Expr." if using the default soundfont), which includes samples below C that might have been recorded from an alto flute but are just as likely pitch-shifted samples from a standard flute.

now i modified FluidR3_GM.sf2 replacing its alto flute with flute patch from TimGM6mb.sf2 and it is working well.
but still i want sf3 soundfont (Swami editor in ubuntu cannot open them).

" i prefer MuseScore_General.sf3
because of its sounding quality, particularly because of realistic coloratura soprano".
pardon me, but can you give me the Bank and Preset number of that coloratura soprano?
regards bottrop

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