How to get better sound quality

vanbascoBy default Windows uses a very low quality soundfont, to play midi files.  This article describes how to use the higher quality SGM-V2.01 soundfont.

SGM-V2.01 SoundFont

This soundfont is approx 240MB, compared to about 3MB for the default Windows soundfont.

  1. The SGM-V2.01 can be downloaded as a .7z file.
  2. Install 7-Zip in order to extract the .sf2 Sound Font file.
  3. Copy the extracted .sf2 file to C:\ directory.



In order to use the .sf2 file, we will need to download Virtual Midi Synth.  Run the downloaded .exe file and follow the Wizard to install VirtualMidiSynth.

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > CoolSoft VirtualMIDISynth > Configure VirtualMIDISynth.
  2. Select the MIDI Mapper tab.
    1. Change Default MIDI Out device to CoolSoft VirtualMIDISynth.
  3. Select the Soundfonts tab.
    1. Click the plus symbol, and browse to C:\SGM-V2.01.sf2.
  4. Click OK.


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