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As you’re probably aware, FMOD Ex on iPhone requires that developers supply a DLS file. Unfortunately, they seem to be a limited resource. The files included with Windows and with Mac OS X are licensed and we don’t have the rights to use them. Is anybody aware of a full GM DLS file for use on platforms that don’t include them? Smaller is better (under 2MB is highly preferable.)

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Im not sure if theyre still available but the GUS patches were free and maybe someone has converted them to DLS, i’m fairly sure there are a few free DLS files around if you google for them.
I think SF2 is more popular in the free midi world, so there seems to be a fair few hits when looking for SF2 to DLS converters you could maybe try that.

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I don’t suppose there’s any chance FMOD could be modified to support SF2 files? Modifying existing files of dubious origin brings in its own legal quibbles (derivative works, possibly the DMCA, etc.)

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That has been on the drawing board for a while, but if you have an SF2 that you want to use, you should be able to convert it. The tools are around.

Supporting DLS actually was a fairly huge job, so SF2 isn’t an easy task that we can slip in quickly, we’d have to schedule it for sometime during this year.

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Actually one thing I forgot is just load the midi into modplug tracker and save it as a .it file, or just drop midis and use mod/s3m/xm/it, they generally sound better and the samples get packaged with the song, and you can use whatever wavs you want.

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We don’t have the option of converting MIDI files to another format as they are downloaded from a server. So we’re still stuck with MIDI functionality that we can’t legally use.

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Have you looked into converting another format such as SF2 to a GM DLS? Programs like Awave Studio can supposedly to do this.

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Yes. That leaves us with the ambiguous legality of modifying files we don’t have the rights to, as mentioned above.

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I’ve had experience licensing DSL2 banks for games a while ago (late-90s in conjunction with DirectMusic projects). It was and still is the wild west, but my approach was to talk with, and strike individual licensing deals with those instrument sample makers that were willing to play ball. (I also created many custom DLS banks) Sonivox is a great company and have many Sound Font/DLS collections (small to moderate size) http://www.sonivoxmi.com/

AWave Studio is a great utility for converting sample formats. My understanding is the DLS2 is the feature equivalent to SF3.

btw: The softsynth in DirectMusic is still an excellent DLS bank creator.

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