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SFZ Players

There are several SFZ players, which are used to play samples as defined in SFZ files.

Sforzando currently offers the most complete SFZ standard support, including ARIA extensions, but SFZ files which only use the SFZ v1 or SFZ v2 standard will work with multiple SFZ players.

We use “Free and Open Source” (FOSS) as defined by the OSI as “software to be freely used, modified, and shared.”

Players #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindows
Carla (SFZero) FOSS
liquidsfz FOSSXX
sfizz BSD-2-Clause
SFZero FOSS
Zerberus, The MuseScore SFZ synthesizer FOSS
LinuxSampler Custom
BassMIDI VSTi FreewareXX
Grace FreewareXX
Sforzando FreewareX
TX16Wx Sampler FreewareX
Zampler FreewareX
ARIA OEMX
Bliss Sampler Commercial
Samplelord CommercialXX
TAL-Sampler Commercial
UVI Falcon CommercialX
Wusik Station V9, Wusik 9009, Wusik One, Wusik EVE V5 CommercialX

Import from SFZ #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindows
HISE FOSS
OpenMPT BSD-3-ClauseXX
Renoise (Redux) Commercial

No longer available #

  • Cakewalk sfz
  • Alchemy (Camel Audio was acquired by Apple, and the current incarnation of Alchemy no longer supports SFZ.)