#1
Is there anywhere I could get a free program, plugin or similar that can take a MIDI file and convert it to some kind of symphonic sound?

It doesn't need to be exactly awesome or anything like that, it just needs to work and be free.
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I havent found any free orchestral plugins, that's generally considered a specialist thing and they tend to be really expensive.
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I havent found any free orchestral plugins, that's generally considered a specialist thing and they tend to be really expensive.


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My music is mostly orchestral, so I may be able to help you out. Before I got into the things I'm using now (very expensive,) I got by pretty well with soundfonts, most of which can be easily found for free. There are a few gems here and there that actually sound very decent when used properly. A lot of times you have to mix and match and get really creative to make it sound halfway authentic and cover all the different articulations that different orchestral instruments typically play, but it is possible.

Here is a VST instrument that will allow you to use soundfonts. All you need is a host DAW that will open VST instruments. Most DAW programs will.

http://www.project5.com/products/instruments/sfz_player/default.asp

And here are a few sites where you can find some usable sounds.

http://www.sf2midi.com/
http://soundfonts.homemusician.net/

Here's a list at the KVR forum for a ton of soundfont sites. Some links may be outdated, but you should still be able to find a lot of useful links.

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28724

Here's some free soundfonts from Sonivox, who are the makers of one of the top orchestral collections in the industry

http://www.sonivoxmi.com/FreeSamplesPage.asp

sf2midi.com requires you to sign up, but it's worth it, and they don't spam you. They have the biggest and best selection of 100% free soundfonts. My advice would be to go there and download every soundfont they have in the catergories of instruments that you anticipate using, and then go through them all, try them out, and see which ones sound the best to you. Some suck, some are surprisingly good.

I had a "go to" collection of soundfonts that I used after years of scrounging around for the best free stuff, and it got me by very well, until I was able to afford what I'm using now.

*EDIT* I forgot to mention, I can give you a few pointers if you need them, on how to make the most out of these free sounds.
Last edited by Matthias King at Feb 24, 2009,