SFZ Creation Tools
Although SFZ files can be created with any text editor, and some users have also
created SFZ with spreadsheets, there are some dedicated tools which can make
mapping large amounts of samples easier. As SFZ instruments can quickly grow to
thousands of samples, efficiency in creating the mappings becomes important.
One way of creating SFZ files is to use one of these tools to create the initial
maps with keys, dynamic layers, round robins etc. defined,
then add controls etc. using a text editor.
||ISC||✓||✓||✓||EXS24 to SFZ sample library metadata converter.
||Freeware||X||✓||✓||Imports sample mapping information from EXS24 instruments and generates SFZ files from it.
||Freeware||X||X||✓||Converts sample mapping information from TX16WX sampler to SFZ.
||Commercial||X||✓||✓||Multi-purpose audio tool that reads a veritable host of audio carrying file formats from different platforms, synthesizers, trackers, mobile phones. It can be used in a variety of ways; as a file format converter, as an audio editor, or as a synth instrument editor.
|Chicken Systems Translator
|Extreme Sample Converter
||GPL-3.0||✓||✓||✓||An open-source soundfont editor for creating musical instruments. Note: being a soundfont editor (sf2) it has limited sfz support when exporting.
||Freeware||X||X||✓||An editor for the SFZ format used by certain VST instruments. It will also convert Soundfont SF2 to SFZ and works with a midi keyboard to allow you to play and set values, including mapping drum samples.
||Freeware||X||X||✓||A visual sample mapping tool optimized for multiple velocity and round-robin layers. It features a streamlined workflow, assisted opcode entry, draggable key-range and velocity splits-points, and more.
||GPL-3.0||✓||✓||✓||Tools to manage, create and convert sound fonts, collections of sampled musical instruments and sound banks. Originally created for the FreePats project.
||MIT||✓||✓||✓||Linter and parser for .sfz files.
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Some Windows only software can be used under other Unix based operating systems
using Wine / CrossOver or in a virtual machine software like VirtualBox.