Sound> MIDI

A Sound Font bank (or Sound Font-compatible bank) contains both the digital audio samples which have been captured from a sound source, and the instructions to the wavetable synthesizer on how to articulate this sound based on the musical or sonic context as expressed by MIDI (called articulation data). A Sound Font bank also contains information about the creation and intended use of the particular bank.

Josh Green has a good introduction to the Sound Font technology at and an FAQ is at The free technical specification for the 2.01 version of DLS SoundFont can be downloaded from

To play MIDI, you need soundfonts.

You can use hardware or virtual (software emulation) soundfonts.

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