Re: Diff. between Coyote and Sforzando
D F Tweedie
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You are partly correct, although your word choice needs editing.
They are both plugins as commonly understood. They are both VSTis (Virtual Studio Technology Instruments as the standard developed by Steinberg) as commonly understood.
Coyote is a 'softsynth,' but Sfortzando is not. It is what is known as a sampler.
Virtually all such instruments use patch banks of 128 patches, numbered either for 0 to 127 or occasionally from 1-128.
General MIDI uses a convention of what instruments to place on what patch so that a file written to the General MIDI standard will play the same instrument on any General MIDI compatible sound source.
Samplers can be designed for different audio formats of the patches they play. Sfortzando specifically is used for what are also called 'soundfonts,' the type of samples originally found on the Creative Labs Sound Blaster cards.
Coyote uses synthesis to create its General MIDI patch list.
Sfortzando can use any sound bank or load an individual patch. There are many free soundfont patch banks that also are written as General MIDI patch banks, i.e., containing the 128 General MIDI instruments.
A very good free one receiving a lot of attention is Timbres of Heaven, that can be found by Googling. Once you loaded such a sound bank in Sfortzando it would respond just like Coyote or any other virtual instrument conforming to General MIDI.