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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.

Automappers #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindows
SFZ Python Automapper by Peter Eastman Public Domain
Folder-to-SFZ converter Freeware
Bjoerns Sample Mapper FreewareXX

Converters #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindows
EXS24 to SFZ converter (Python 3) FOSS
EXS2SFZ FreewareXX
Awave Studio CommercialX
Chicken Systems Translator CommercialX
Extreme Sample Converter CommercialXX

Editors #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindows
Polyphone GPL-3.0
sfZed FreewareXX
SFZ Designer FreewareXX

Misc #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindows
Freepats-tools GPL-3.0

Syntax Highlighting #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindows
CudaText Editor MPL-2.0
SFZ major mode for GNU Emacs MIT
for Geany FOSS
for gedit FOSS
for Sublime Text FOSS
for VSCode MIT
for Notepad++ FOSSXX
for Notepad++ by Peter Jones 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.