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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.

Editors #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindows
Polyphone FOSS
Bjoerns Sample Mapper FreewareXX
sfZed FreewareXX
SFZ Designer FreewareXX

Syntax Highlighting #

Name LicenseLinuxmacOSWindows
CudaText Editor FOSS
SFZ major mode for GNU Emacs FOSS
SFZ syntax highlighting for Geany FOSS
SFZ syntax highlighting for gedit FOSS
SFZ syntax highlighting for Sublime Text FOSS
SFZ syntax highlighting for VSCode FOSS
SFZ syntax highlighting for Notepad++ FOSSXX
Another XML for Notepad++ FOSSXX
SFZ Tools for UltraEdit FOSS

Converters #

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

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