feature request: ability to use windows' built in midi player

• Jul 5, 2010 - 17:36

Hi all. This isn't a high priority, but it might be nice to have an option of (I guess instead of using an existing SoundFont) using the windows built in midi playback, which seems quite high quality.
It is possible to actually extract windows' sf2 file in xp [1], but not in windows 7.
[1] http://superuser.com/questions/107255/wheres-windows-xp-standard-midi-s…


The SoundFont comes with the sound card on your computer. As far as I can tell, it is not related to Windows Media player (since playback sounds slightly different).

In reply to by David Bolton

My guess is that XP uses gm.dls (DLS is MIDI organization's equivalent of sf2 soundfont). Some midi players (such as SynthFont) can use it as well as sf2. You can find it in C:\Windows]System32\DRIVERS and a few other places.

On Vista (and oddly enough, not on Windows 7), you can find a soundfont Ct2mgm.sf2 in both C:\Windows\System32
and C:\Windows\SysWOW64. I suspect it uses the same sound samples as gm.dls does and thus should sound very similar.

Given all the free soundfonts available on the Internet, that would not be my choice. But that's entirely a personal taste.

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