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Cakewalk® Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User, Second Edition by Simon Cann

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Chapter 13. The SFZ Format

The SFZ format is the file format underlying all the Expression Engine synthesizers. This means that once you get a grasp of the format, you can transfer the underlying sound waves between any of the following synthesizers.

  • sfz

  • DropZone

  • RXP

  • Session Drummer 2

  • Session Drummer 3

  • Beatscape

  • Dimension LE

  • Dimension Pro

  • Rapture LE

  • Rapture

In other words, if you have a bunch of samples, then you can load them into a wide range of players and process those samples with the tools in each player.

However, the SFZ format has been adopted by other non-Cakewalk synthesizers. At the time of writing, you can load SFZ format files into products from:

  • Native Instruments

  • Plogue/Garritan

  • Camel Audio

  • discoDSP

  • Vember Audio

  • Wusik

… and probably more that I am ...

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