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General SoundFont from MuseScore (light version)

This is the new standard hard disc space-saving SF3 format soundfont as shipped with MuseScore 2.2 and newer.

MuseScore_General attempts to keep the installed-size footprint low while providing the complete GM (General MIDI) sound set and some extras, although its full version is larger than its antecessor fluidr3mono-gm-soundfont because of the new focus on improving quality. (The small version is, despite restoring stereo samples for some instruments, actually smaller, thanks to numerous optimisations and bugfixes.)

The musescore-general-soundfont package contains everything at best quality; musescore-general-soundfont-small is only a fourth the size (about the same as fluidr3mono-gm-soundfont) while being a drop-in replacement (identical bank configuration) at comparable quality to the full soundfont, missing only the separate ensembles (using identical samples for e.g. first/second violin) and some of the new larger instrument samples. An SF2 (uncompressed) version ships in the musescore-general-soundfont-lossless package, for use by audiophiles, with synthesisers lacking SF3 support, or to avoid the long startup times of MuseScore.

It can be used with most modern MIDI synthesisers which support the SF3 format, although early implementations (such as the one from MuseScore before release 2.2) had bugs making the resulting sound bad; instead use fluidr3mono-gm-soundfont for those.

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/sf3/ which is the standard Debian location for system-wide SF3 soundfonts.

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