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Who to use Crisis General Midi 3.01 with Synthfont?

More than a simple midi player, Synthfont is a all in one application to edit, arrange, improve and render score using midi standard.
VST and VSTI compatible, Synthfont don't has built-in effects, unlike Timidity, but offers a vast choice of plug-in. Optimized and full of practical options, synthfont allows people to make music easily.
He is in continual development and, even if a few useful options are not yet integrated, it's already a great tool available for free!
Synthfont can be downloaded on his dedicated Web site. It's a freeware, but it's also a "donate-ware". Don't hesitate to support the author of this good project.
The following procedure requires you've installed (or extracted) Synthfont on the location you want (c:\program files\Synthfont is a good location).

Temporary note : Some problems may be experienced with anterior version of "Synthfont 1.020", when rendering CGM3.01.

Configure Synthfont

Run Synthfont and define the "default soundfont file" you want to use.

Open the "Options" panel.

Add here the VST effect(s) you want to use later. VST files (*.dll) are searched on the folder(s) defined above.
Define the default place to store the arrangement files (synthfont 1.020 at least).
Set the quality of Synthfont's rendering. "Slow n' clean", a large "playback buffer" (to prevent drop outs) and none "cut notes short" (when notes overlapped) are very good settings to listen midi files in optimal condition. Take care of your CPU load, it's very consuming. Then, close the "Options" panel by clicking "Ok".

Finally, choose the VST effect(s) you want to apply during listening or saving music. Click on "Add effects" and choose the desired one. It must appear in the white field, on the right. You can open the effect(s) to edit his parameters. Then, click "Set Default" button to confirm the effect(s). Now, all midi files will use it when opened.

Also, you can assign more effect(s) on specific channel. To do that, just choose the "Bus chain" you want, and do the same manipulation as above. Then, choose a raw in the tracks field below and click on the "Assign" button.

Wanna use Synthfont as a Windows standard midi device? Just follow this procedure.

Configure Synthfont as a Windows Midi device

Install the Midi Yoke device and reboot your computer. Midi yoke can be downloaded from his dedicated Web site.

Go to the Windows "Control Panel" and choose "Midi Yoke NT:1" as Midi device, in audio preferences.
Run Synthfont and open the "Options" panel. On the first tab, choose the Midi device you have defined in Windows audio preferences. Then, select the ASIO output port used when midi playback. Remind this : No ASIO, No audio.

If you want to use Synthfont to playback a game, remember to set the engine more "slightly".

Finally, just click the input button and reduce Synthfont.