sfz format mappings of Computer Music multisamples

While I was looking for samples with clear statements about their use, I remembered that CM's cover disk samples are generally royalty free. So I had a bit of a rummage. Several caught my eye and I thought I'd knock up some basic sfz format multisample maps.

You need the cover CD indicated by the mapping filename for the samples. Copy the samples onto your hard disk, ideally one directory per set. Then save the appropriate .sfz file into the same directory. (See the notes below for exceptions to the above.) When you load the .sfz file in sfz, you can play each patch across (an appropriate stretch of) the keyboard.

Notes

The following multilayered ones may prove tricky to set up I'm afraid - check the .sfz files to see what I've done. I had to rename some of the samples to avoid duplicate names in the same directory (as I started before sfz supported directories!):

The CM Strings are quite interesting... I've set up two velocity layers implied by the sample names (although I'm not sure if that's the best approach) plus CC67 is used to select the normal (loud/soft) bowed notes or the plucked or the stabs. See the .sfz file for details.

The Lowrey Organ uses Channel 2 for the Upper Manual and Channel 1 for the Lower Manual. I couldn't think of a more convenient way to handle it.

The Stereo Room Kit is nice! I've intentionally set the "Pedal Hat" to trigger on release... It's easy enough to change if you don't like it, of course! (That's the joy of sfz format.)

The CM79 Garriton Ultralite strings are mapped so that the samples are in subdirectories below the mappings. For example, "CM79-11-04-BassesLong.sfz" and "Basses Long Samples" should be in the same directory.

With all the mappings, I tried to spot any "misidentified" samples - i.e. where the file name said, say, C7 but the sample was actually G6. Let me know if you spot any I missed. I also worked around a few duff ones that made the instruments less playable IMHO. Sometimes these are commented in the maps...
CM58-04-03-TEGAmbientVox.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGAnxietyAttack.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGDenseClouds.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGGhostShip.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGGhostsOfJupiter.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGHellotron.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGHydrogenClouds.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGIce_Rings.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGModularBells.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGRarified.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGSlowRezPad.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGSpacebuzz.sfz
CM58-04-03-TEGVoicesOnTheWind.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEG1975Bass.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEG1984SeqMe.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEGAmbientTub.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEGBigFella.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEGSynthyAtomicPluck.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEGSynthyBassStack1.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEGSynthyBassStack2.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEGSynthyIcySurface.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEGSynthyPadGoneMad.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEGSynthyStrangePluck.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEG2001Choir.sfz
CM59-05-03A-TEGVoxSeq-VoxSeq.sfz
CM62-08-03-CyclicBass.sfz
CM62-08-03-CyclicLeadSynth.sfz
CM64-10-03-Cyclic1KitB.sfz
CM64-10-03-Cyclic2Bass.sfz
CM65A-11-03-BSSBig-Sweep.sfz
CM65A-11-03-BSSSweep-Pad.sfz
CM65A-11-03-BSScheeky-drop.sfz
CM65A-11-03-BSSchiff-bass.sfz
CM65A-11-03-BSSkey06.sfz
CM65A-11-03-BSSrack-01.sfz
CM65A-11-03-BSSres-pad.sfz
CM65A-11-03-BSSshort.sfz
CM65A-11-03-BSStech-bass.sfz
CM65A-11-03-BSStrance-mutes.sfz
CM65A-11-03-BSSwub.sfz
CM65B-11-03-CyclicFingerPluck-Finger.sfz
CM65B-11-03-CyclicPickPluck-Pick.sfz
CM65B-11-03-TEGAppalachianMountainDulcimerPicked.sfz
CM65B-11-03-TEGElectricBass.sfz
CM65B-11-03-TEGFroesanWastelands.sfz
CM65B-11-03-TEGMandolinPicked.sfz
CM65B-11-03-TEGMongoPalace.sfz
CM65B-11-03-TEGSoftCollisions.sfz
CM65B-11-03-TEGSpacescape.sfz
CM65B-11-03-TEGStereoRoomKit.sfz
CM65B-11-03-TEGTheIdMonster.sfz
CM65B-11-03-TEGTychoWinds.sfz
CM65B-11-03-TEGVariBass1.sfz
CM66B-Win-03-CyclicABass.sfz
CM66B-Win-03-CyclicALeadSynth.sfz
CM66B-Win-03-CyclicBBass.sfz
CM66B-Win-03-CyclicCBass.sfz
CM66B-Win-03-CyclicCStrings.sfz
CM66B-Win-03-CyclicDClavinet.sfz
CM66B-Win-03-CyclicDFizzBass.sfz
CM66B-Win-03-CyclicDSlapBassPop.sfz
CM66B-Win-03-CyclicDSlapBassThumb.sfz
CM67-12-03-CMStringsCello.sfz
CM67-12-03-CMStringsViola.sfz
CM67-12-03-CMStringsViolin.sfz
CM69-02-04-DigitalWaveBass.sfz
CM69-02-04-Drums.sfz
CM69-02-04-ElectricBassTubeDrive.sfz
CM69-02-04-PlectrumBass.sfz
CM69-02-04-SessionBass.sfz
CM69-02-04-StudioStack.sfz
CM69-02-04-ZeonBass.sfz
CM70-03-04VT-02_FemaleVocal01Aah.sfz
CM70-03-04VT-02_FemaleVocal01Ooh.sfz
CM70-03-04VT-02_FemaleVocal02Aah.sfz
CM70-03-04VT-02_FemaleVocal02Ooh.sfz
CM70-03-04VT-02_MaleVocalAah.sfz
CM70-03-04VT-02_MaleVocalOoh.sfz
CM71B-04-04-BaldwinUpright.sfz
CM71B-04-04-CleanElectric.sfz
CM71B-04-04-LowreyOrgan.sfz
CM71B-04-04-MutedAcousticGuit.sfz
CM71B-04-04-Rhodes.sfz
CM71B-04-04-SteelStringGuitar.sfz
CM71B-04-04-UprightBass.sfz
CM77-09-04-GCrims-BassSweeper.sfz
CM77-09-04-GCrims-Digi.sfz
CM77-09-04-GCrims-FMDelay.sfz
CM77-09-04-GCrims-Sub.sfz
CM77-09-04-GCrims-Throbb.sfz
CM79-11-04-BassesLong.sfz
CM79-11-04-BassesPizz.sfz
CM79-11-04-BassesShort.sfz
CM79-11-04-BassesTremolo.sfz
CM79-11-04-CellosLong.sfz
CM79-11-04-CellosPizz.sfz
CM79-11-04-CellosShort.sfz
CM79-11-04-CellosTremolo.sfz
CM79-11-04-ViolasLong.sfz
CM79-11-04-ViolasPizz.sfz
CM79-11-04-ViolasShort.sfz
CM79-11-04-ViolasTremolo.sfz
CM79-11-04-ViolinsLong.sfz
CM79-11-04-ViolinsPizz.sfz
CM79-11-04-ViolinsShort.sfz
CM79-11-04-ViolinsTremolo.sfz
CM80-WIN-04-Classical.sfz
CM80-WIN-04-CleanStrat.sfz
CM80-WIN-04-DirtyStrat.sfz
CM80-WIN-04-LapSteel.sfz
CM80-WIN-04-SteelStrAcc.sfz

ZIP archives

To save myself the boredom of keeping the above list up to date, I've provided all the patches for CM84 onward in single archives. It looks like this is the way of the future.

Copy the entire Multisamples folder from the DVD to your hard disk. The ZIP archives contain a folder called "sfz". This should be put in the "Patches" (or "Presets") folder, alongside the Kontakt, HALion, etc folders. You can then delete the other formats you don't want (not the WAV files...).
CMI84_sfz.zip
CM85_sfz.zip
CM86_sfz.zip
CM87_sfz.zip

CMSynthStation

Issue 75 of Computer Music included a CD containing a bunch of samples and presets for a number of samplers, showing off their synthesis capabilities. sfz wasn't included.

The first file is a single zip archive containing basic mappings of all the samples. (They're not sufficiently interesting as individuals.) This gives you the same basic set as for the other samplers. If you want to try out sfz's possibilities, these make a good place to start, saving you the hassle of getting the samples keymapped. Unless I can convince Scot to do some sfz synthy-mappings, I might end up trying: don't expect anything exciting!
CM75b_allsamples.zip

The next two files are conversions of the DS-404, HALion and Kontakt presets. I'm not too happy with the results. The originals take advantage of specific features of the samplers they were intended for. The conversion processes are lossy. As I say above, I guess I'll have to knuckle down and have a go at "real" examples of what sfz format can do.

The first uses a two-stage conversion (using Extreme Sample Converter to soundfont, then - via SF2COMP - to sfz format).
CompleteSFZpresets.zip

The second uses a one-stage conversion (using a newer Extreme Sample Converter). The result is pretty much the same.
CM75b-06_sfz format.zip

Big Bad Bass

Issue 81 of Computer Music included a CD containing a bunch of samples from bass instruments of various types, including both synths and guitars. Along with the samples, patches for a number of samplers were included - sadly, sfz wasn't included this time, either.

As with the CMSynthStation patches, I ran the ones on the CD through a conversion process (Extreme Sample Converter, plus some manual editing to the resultant files). Also as above, I'm not best pleased with the results. It appears that various facets of the original patches (such as filter type, LFO settings, MIDI control of parameters) are not converted yet by EXSC. As I don't have any of the included samplers loaded (and I'm just too lazy to install and understand DS404), what you get is what you get, I'm afraid. There appears to be a lot of duplication - you get up to three copies of each patch, depending on which of the formats it was included in on the CD.
CM81B-12-04-Big-Bad-Bass.zip


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Other sfz format mappings

Last updated: 9 June 2005
Add revision history and CM86.
7 June 2005: Back after about the same break with CM85 and CM87.
21 March 2005: Back after a little break with conversions of CM84 patches.
10 December 2004: Added conversions of the CM80b Big Bad Bass patches
9 December 2004: Added EXSC sfz format conversions of CM75b patches
6 November 2004: Added sfz mappings for CM80 Guitar samples
14 October 2004: Added sfz mappings for CM79 Garriton Ultralite samples
21 August 2004: Added sfz mappings for CM77 Groove Criminals' Multisamples
8 July 2004: Added conversions of the CM75b "complete presets"
3 July 2004: CM75b_allsamples.zip updated