A whistle soundfont for Android/Windows users

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A whistle soundfont for Android/Windows users

Post by admin » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:01 pm

A lot of Android and Windows users have asked me if there are tin whistle sounds available, so I put together an SF2 soundfont that can be opened in FluidSynth on Android, or in a number of DAW apps in Windows. I think it sounds reasonably decent for a first attempt ;) I don't have an Android phone, but I tested it in FluidSynth on my son's Chromebook, and that works fine. Here it is:

https://warbl.xyz/soundfonts/WARBL_whistle1.sf2
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Re: A whistle soundfont for Android/Windows users

Post by jwatson » Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:18 pm

Thanks very much for this, the soundfont works perfectly with 'QSynth' (a front end to FluidSynth) on Linux.

Download and copy the soundfont file to the /user/share/soundfonts/ directory.
Started QSynth and Click the setup button followed by the soundfonts tab.
Select 'Open' and select the WARBL soundfont.

A useful resource for setting up MIDI controllers on Linux may be found at https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/US ... ynthesizer.

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Re: A whistle soundfont for Android/Windows users

Post by admin » Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:32 pm

Great, I'm glad it works well!
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Re: A whistle soundfont for Android/Windows users

Post by Britisa » Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:11 pm

Hi,
I'm using your soundfont with Fluidsynth and it does not sound like a tin whistle... I don't know what I'm doing wrong :(
When I select the Warbl on the app it comes up as "#6, Mowry Stringed Instruments WARBL (0), the Internal SoundFont is disabled and the only SoundFont I have downloaded is the WARBL_whistle1.sf2
Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance :)

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Re: A whistle soundfont for Android/Windows users

Post by admin » Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:26 pm

Hmm, that’s odd—what does it sound like? The only Android device I have to test it on is a Chromebook, but I assume FluidSynth is the same on other devices. My settings sound exactly the same as yours, but it sounds very much like a whistle on mine.
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Re: A whistle soundfont for Android/Windows users

Post by Britisa » Fri May 22, 2020 2:43 pm

Hi,
Well, it sounds like a cross between a squeezebox and a fiddle :? I have attached screen captures of my settings on the configuration tool.
Thank you for your help :)
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Re: A whistle soundfont for Android/Windows users

Post by admin » Fri May 22, 2020 3:05 pm

I suspect it's something with Fuidsynth rather than something with WARBL, though you may try unchecking "Send pressure as CC" and "Send pressure as velocity", in case Fluidsynth is interpreting those in a weird way. Also, after saving your settings I would try making sure that you don't have the Configuration Tool open at the same time as FluidSynth, in case that for some reason is causing problems. If you want to post some screenshots from FluidSynth that may help.

If you use other soundfonts in Fluidsynth do they sound as you would expect?
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Re: A whistle soundfont for Android/Windows users

Post by admin » Fri May 22, 2020 3:12 pm

Also, once you have firmware v. 1.8 installed, you can turn on the "Force max veocity" switch and leave those other two (CC, velocity) turned off. That way it will always send notes with maximum volume, without having to use the workaround of mapping low pressures to high velocity.
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Re: A whistle soundfont for Android/Windows users

Post by Britisa » Sat May 23, 2020 10:41 am

Hi Andrew,
Thanks for your reply, I have applied the new settings. Unfortunately, I have more to worry about now...
Since I've installed the 1.8 firmware, FluidSynth recognizes the Warbl but no sound comes out, same thing on the configuration tool at first connection.
The configuration tool knows there's a Warbl connected with the correct firmware, the pressure level alters when I blow into the Warbl and the sensors show blue dots where my fingers are. However, it takes random fiddling with resetting the default settings, changing the tab for the instrument, etc. before any sound comes out again.
On top of that, every time I connect the Warbl to my computer, it messes up the settings and I have to set them all up again.
I have made screen captures of the settings including the new ones you suggested but it drives me crazy to have to reset the configuration tool every time I connect the Warbl to my Mac. I don't understand why it won't work with Fluid Synth anymore, version 1.6 of the firmware never had any problems with it.
Any suggestions, please ?
I am at my wits' end :cry:

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Re: A whistle soundfont for Android/Windows users

Post by admin » Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:02 pm

I believe we’ve resolved this, but if anyone has similar problems, please let me know.
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