Synthesia Video Creator DLS Sound Set

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Postby pianomagician » 10-01-18 12:30 am

Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum. Love Synthesia. I'm using Windows 7 and Synthesia 10.4.4395 and I've installed VirtualMIDISSynth #1 as my Music output for improved sound. This works great when I use Synthesia. I have a .sf2 associated with the Synth.

The problem I have is that when I use the VideoCreator; how do I change DLS Sound Set? It defaults to C:\Windows\system32\drivers\gm.dls and this has very poor bass sound. Not like when I play same song with Synthesia. I want to generate a video to upload to YouTube with the same quality sound that I get when playing the song with Synthesia.

I don't know how to point to the .sf2 soundfont when I'm creating the video from the .midi file I tried to point to it but the resulting video had No Sound at all.
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Postby Nicholas » 10-04-18 12:17 am

pianomagician wrote:... how do I change DLS Sound Set?

Did you mean change the default so it's always different each time you start the app? (Otherwise: you can change the DLS file just by changing the path in that box.)

Really, a lot of the fault is on the MIDI synth that the Video Creator uses to render the audio. It's an older synth originally designed for feature phones (from the 2000s), so it includes a number of limitations. Notably: support for DLS files only (no SF2) and when things get loud the audio has a tendency to clip pretty badly.

The good news: starting in Synthesia 10.5 (beta here), we're including the same MIDI synth that VirtualMIDISynth uses under the hood (with support for SF2) files. So, you'll need one less step to get things set up. And -- while this isn't releasing when 10.5 goes out the door -- the next time we update the Video Creator, it will also use the same synth.
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Postby pianomagician » 10-09-18 6:34 pm

Thanks for the information. Maybe I'll just use screen capture software to create the video since I have good stereo speakers. I look forward to the new Synthesia and the new Synthesia Video Creator.
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