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General SoundFont from MuseScore (uncompressed)

This is the new standard soundfont as shipped with MuseScore 2.2 and newer, in uncompressed SF2 format. It is significantly larger than the SF3 in the musescore-general-soundfont Debian package but identical, other than not compressing the samples with a lossy algorithm. This avoids audible Vorbis compression artefacts and the excessively long MuseScore startup time with compressed soundfonts.

MuseScore_General provides the complete GM (General MIDI) sound set and some extras, with a focus on improving quality. The SF3 versions attempt to keep the installed-size footprint low, at the cost mentioned above.

There is also a musescore-general-soundfont-small package in SF3 format which also avoids the long startup times by using less and smaller samples; it has a very small installed size, while being a drop-in replacement.

The SF2 soundfont can be used with almost all MIDI synthesisers, although bugs in early implementations (e.g. MuseScore before 2.2) may cause sound degradation.

As it comes under the MIT licence, it can be used in most settings, but do remember that waveforms generated using this soundfont are “copies or substantial portions of the” soundfont.

This package will be installed into /usr/share/sounds/sf2/ which is the standard Debian location for system-wide SF2 soundfonts.

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