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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.

Some available tools are:

Name LicenseLinuxmacOS XWindows
sfZed FreewareXX
Folder-to-SFZ converter Freeware
SFZ Designer FreewareXX
Polyphone Opensource
SFZ syntax highlighting for Notepad++ OpensourceXX
Another XML for Notepad++ OpensourceXX
SFZ syntax highlighting for Geany Opensource
SFZ syntax highlighting for VSCode Opensource
SFZ Tools for UltraEdit Opensource
EXS2SFZ FreewareXX
Bjoerns Sample Mapper FreewareXX
EXS24 to SFZ converter (Python 3) Opensource

Some Windows only software can be used under other Unix based operating systems using Wine / CrossOver or in a virtual machine software like VirtualBox.