General MIDI sound sets

FreePats General MIDI sound set

New version of the General MIDI sound set, assembled from scratch. This soundfont is a partial release of the General MIDI sound set, in continuous development. More instruments will be included in subsequent releases. Instruments contained in this sound set are usually available individually in higher quality and larger sizes in the FreePats web directory.

The origin and license of each instrument in FreePats2 has been subject to a very strict policy to ensure that all of them are original, placed under a suitable license and available in higher quality.

GNU General Public License version 3 or later, with a special exception. Some individial sound samples contained in this sound set may be covered by other licenses compatible with the GNU GPL.

Version 2018.12.05

  • Sound set SF2 format, 116MiB, 167MiB uncompressed. Incomplete: contains 25 entries for the melodic sound set and 16 entries for the percussion kit.

Old FreePats General MIDI sound set

Old version of FreePats General MIDI sound set, initially put together by Eric A. Welsh more than 12 years ago. It had historical relevance because it was a pioneer effort to create a free (as in free software) sound bank covering the General MIDI sound set.

Some instruments are missing. Unfortunately, it is outdated for current quality expectations, and the origin of many of its samples is unknown. A new version is in development.

Version 2006.02.19

  • Sound set GUS format, 24MiB, 32MiB uncompressed.