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Sometimes you download a SoundFont and it is compressed as a .sfArk or a .sfpack file. This page shows you how to de-compress these files.
Decompressing .sfArk Files
You can extract .sfArk files using the command-line application called sfarkxtc.
First, download and extract the utility:
cd ~/Studio/SoundFonts/ mkdir sfark cd sfark wget http://falcony.googlecode.com/files/sfarkxtc_lx86.tar.gz tar -xzf sfarkxtc_lx86.tar.gz
You will also require the older libstdc++5, so install that: sudo apt-get install libstdc++5
Now, change to your SoundFonts directory, and then extract all of the .sfArk files.
cd ~/Studio/SoundFonts/ for i in *.sf[Aa]rk ; do sfark/sfarkxtc "$i" && rm "$i" ; done
That's all there is to it!
Decompressing .sfpack Files
Unfortunately, we don't know of a way to extract these SFPack compressed SoundFont files in Linux without resorting to Wine.
Download the SFPack Win32 utility, and put it in its own directory.
cd ~/Studio/SoundFonts/ wget ftp://ftp.personalcopy.net/pub/SFPack.zip unzip SFPack.zip rm SFPack.zip
Install Wine, if you haven't got it installed already.
- sudo apt-get install wine
You will need to configure it so that you have access to your ~/Studio/SoundFonts directory, or anywhere higher up than this.
I recommend you add a drive letter specifically for your ~/Studio directory.
After this, launch the SFPack utility:
- wine sfpack/SFPACK.EXE
Click on the Add Files button.
Select SFPack Files (*.SFPack) from the Files of Type dropdown.
- Browse to find your .sfpack file.
- Double-click on it.
Finally, click on the Go! button on the toolbar.
Once this is complete, you will have the uncompressed file in the same directory as the .sfpack file.