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Just a heads up Jeff. I don’t think you’ll find a video regarding sound fonts as they are from 2 decades ago and videos made on computers were not as accessible as they are now. 
What is the sound you’re after? Possibly someone here can direct you to a free VST that produces the same sound.  Sort of why nobody uses Sound fonts anymore they were kinda lame like the sounds in the TTS-1 

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1 hour ago, jeffythedragonslayer said:

This is what I typed into Google

Sorry I implied it, but search this forum . . .   At the top of the page, there is a search box.  You might find what you want.

The process is somewhat straight forward . . .  

Get a VST plugin that will play SF2 files - Load it with the sound font you want to use (in Cakewalk) - Use midi to play the sounds

 

 

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I still use them on occasion. And "lame" they are not 🙂 as they use actual samples .

Old Sonic Implants sf2's are now SoniVox vsti's and use the same sample sets.

Here's a quick google search for soundfont players: https://hiphopmakers.com/best-free-soundfont-players-vst-plugin

https://github.com/Birch-san/juicysfplugin/releases/tag/3.0.0.win32

IIRC Sforzando converts sf2 to sfz which isn't always desirable as some are too complex for that.

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On 1/26/2022 at 1:35 PM, jeffythedragonslayer said:

Ah, that explains the lack of tutorials.  I'm trying to use William Kage's 16-bit* soundfonts:

https://www.williamkage.com/snes_soundfonts/

*Not sure if true 16-bit soundfonts even exist but they sound 16-bit.

I'm interested in composing for old video game consoles.  I've heard of C700 but importing an SPC file sounded like overkill, and eventually I want to use my own samples.

The downloads are available as wav+sfz and soundfont.

Download the wav+sfz zips, unzip the files and use sforzando, a free sfz player.

The plug-in works with soundfonts but has to convert them to sfz format first.

When possible, use the native sfz format rather than converted soundfonts.

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Another application that is capable of using soundfonts is VST Synthfont 3

I like it because the developer is still active.  Note it is not free but the price is very reasonable.

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There's really nothing wrong with sound fonts per se. Like any sample-based format, it largely depends on the quality of the samples themselves.

I think perhaps soundfonts have gotten a bad rap from their association with crappy Sound Blaster cards, but there's some pretty decent stuff out there including much of the old E-mu and and Ensoniq sstuf.

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Also, do a search  . . .  I'm sure there is more info in the forums that can help you.

 

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9 minutes ago, Syphus said:

Also, do a search  . . .  I'm sure there is more info in the forums that can help you.

This is what I typed into Google:

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site:cakewalk.com "SF2 MIDI"

I'm looking for step-by-step instructions on how to set this up but perhaps no one has written up a tutorial for that yet.

 

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3 hours ago, John Vere said:

Just a heads up Jeff. I don’t think you’ll find a video regarding sound fonts as they are from 2 decades ago and videos made on computers were not as accessible as they are now.

Ah, that explains the lack of tutorials.  I'm trying to use William Kage's 16-bit* soundfonts:

https://www.williamkage.com/snes_soundfonts/

*Not sure if true 16-bit soundfonts even exist but they sound 16-bit.

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What is the sound you’re after? Possibly someone here can direct you to a free VST that produces the same sound.  Sort of why nobody uses Sound fonts anymore they were kinda lame like the sounds in the TTS-1 

I'm interested in composing for old video game consoles.  I've heard of C700 but importing an SPC file sounded like overkill, and eventually I want to use my own samples.

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I started the following draft reply yesterday with plans to first find links to some of the discussions in the forum before posting this.  But I did not have the time to look.  I am posting this now to reinforce what some other users have said and to add this: I specifically recall downloading a number of SF players and editors from one thread I found helpful within the past year or so.  If I stumble onto that thread, I will post a link if it hasn't already been posted in this thread.

ADDENDUM:  BINGO!!  Did a quick search in the forum for "soundfonts" and found this (among other threads).  I think this one has some resources others have not mentioned in response to your Question.

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Draft of reply from yesterday not previously posted:

On 1/26/2022 at 4:54 AM, Syphus said:

Also, do a search  . . .  I'm sure there is more info in the forums that can help you.

I agree!!!!!  Over the past two years or so, I have read a number of posts in the forum that talk about using SF/SF2s in Cakewalk.  It seems that several people in the forum do use them.  Maybe you could look them up and PM them for additional resources--maybe not videos if there aren't any, but there might be online text-based steps somewhere.

I don't use them, so attaching a soundfont to a MIDI track sounds odd.  As others have pointed out, in Cakewalk users can use software synths to play sounds.

  

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Don't think it's any different than other methods. Load soundfount into softynth that reads sf2 and assign it to a MIDI track. Simple as that.

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