How to get better sound quality

vanbascoBy default Windows uses a very low quality soundfont, to play midi files.  This article describes how to use the higher quality SGM-V2.01 soundfont.


SGM-V2.01 SoundFont

This soundfont is approx 240MB, compared to about 3MB for the default Windows soundfont.

  1. The SGM-V2.01 can be downloaded as a .7z file.
  2. Install 7-Zip in order to extract the .sf2 Sound Font file.
  3. Copy the extracted .sf2 file to C:\ directory.

 

VirtualMIDISynth

In order to use the .sf2 file, we will need to download Virtual Midi Synth.  Run the downloaded .exe file and follow the Wizard to install VirtualMidiSynth.

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > CoolSoft VirtualMIDISynth > Configure VirtualMIDISynth.
  2. Select the MIDI Mapper tab.
    1. Change Default MIDI Out device to CoolSoft VirtualMIDISynth.
  3. Select the Soundfonts tab.
    1. Click the plus symbol, and browse to C:\SGM-V2.01.sf2.
  4. Click OK.

 

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