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.

Automappers #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindowsDescription
SFZ Python Automapper Public Domain
Folder-to-SFZ converter Freeware
Bjoerns Sample Mapper FreewareX

Converters #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindowsDescription
ConvertWithMoss (Java) LGPL-3.0-onlyConverts multisamples in a specific source format to a different destination format.
exs2sfz (Python) ISCEXS24 to SFZ sample library metadata converter.
SFZ to HISE Converter MITParses and translates/converts SFZ instruments to HISE samplemaps and extracts SFZ opcode data to a JS/JSON object. Runs in a web browser.
EXS2SFZ FreewareXImports sample mapping information from EXS24 instruments and generates SFZ files from it.
TX2SFZ FreewareXXConverts sample mapping information from TX16WX sampler to SFZ.
Awave Studio CommercialXXMulti-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 CommercialX
Extreme Sample Converter CommercialXX

Editors #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindowsDescription
Polyphone GPL-3.0An open-source soundfont editor for creating musical instruments. Note: being a soundfont editor (sf2) it has limited sfz support when exporting.
sfZed FreewareXXAn 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.

Loop Editors #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindowsDescription
LoopAuditioneer GPL-3.0-or-laterXSoftware for evaluating, creating and manipulating loops and cues and other properties of wav file metadata.
Edison CommercialXFully integrated audio editing and recording tool in FL Studio.
Endless WAV FreewareXSoftware to create sustain loops in WAV files (8, 16 and 24 bit) with loop mix, auto loop, realtime crossfade, fade and cut functions.
Wavosaur FreewareXXSoftware for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert. Supports VST plugins, ASIO driver, multichannel wav files, real time effect processing.

Misc #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindowsDescription
Freepats-tools GPL-3.0Tools to manage, create and convert sound fonts, collections of sampled musical instruments and sound banks. Originally created for the FreePats project.
sfzlint MITLinter and parser for .sfz files.

Syntax Highlighting #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindowsDescription
CudaText Editor MPL-2.0
SFZ major mode for GNU Emacs MIT
for Geany FOSS
for gedit FOSS
for Kate MIT
for Sublime Text FOSS
for VSCode MIT
for Notepad++ FOSSXX
for Notepad++ FOSSXX
SFZ Tools for UltraEdit FOSS

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