I'm trying to find the standard SoundFont used in WindowsXP's MIDI Wavetable Synthesizer.

I don't know if I get this right, but there seems to be a set of Roland Sound Canvas samples used in XP's wavetable synthesizer. I looked for a SoundFont based on these samples, but either there is none in my Windows installation, or the MIDI playback works in a different way.

Anyone has an idea where to look for it?

  • I have no idea what you're asking for, it would help if you linked to some of the things you're talking about, so we can help you more effectively
    – Ivo Flipse
    Feb 10 '10 at 20:39
  • Definitely Roland samples, but sorry, no idea how to find them. They don't come up when searching for .sf2 files.
    – Xavierjazz
    Feb 10 '10 at 20:50
  • I managed to solve my problem on my own (look below). I tried to stuff my answer up with some links and explanations - maybe others will find it useful. Thank you for your concern :)
    – Neo
    Feb 10 '10 at 20:50

Nevermind, I think I figured what is going on.

Basically, Windows XP uses the DLS (Downloadable Soundbank) library. It can be found in c:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\gm.dls . It should be possible to convert this DLS soundbank to a SoundFont (*.SF2) using a converter - reportedly, Extreme Sample Converter offers this functionality.

Anyway, I have found this publicly available SoundFont (link). It sounds almost exactly like Windows's standard MIDI soundbank, so it solves my problem :)


in the archive-file: C:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache\i386\driver.cab

is a *.sf2 - file (called: "2gmgsmt.sf2")


  • I unfortunately have no file named driver.cab (windows 7)
    – rogerdpack
    Jul 1 '10 at 22:42
  • I do with xp, though, and it sounds great (better than the link for the one above). Thanks!
    – rogerdpack
    Jul 3 '10 at 2:06
  • Thanks for the filename at least ("2gmgsmt.sf2"), it's easy to look online for some alternative.
    – R. Navega
    Jul 1 '18 at 12:29

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