||SFzip is a Windows program that performs lossless compression/decompression and manages archives of SoundFont files. SoundFont files, created by E-mu Systems/Creative Labs, carry instrument definitions (sound samples and articulation data) for MIDI synthesizers like MidiSyn and the ones included in several of Creative Labs sound cards like the AWE, Live! or Audigy.
Here is a list of the program's main features:
- High compression ratios. Values over 70% are not uncommon. This means that a 100 Mb SoundFont would take just 30Mb when compressed.
- Creation of archives containing any number of SoundFonts. There is no practical limit to the size of an archive (except the size of your hard-disk).
- Works in batch mode. After defining the files to be processed, SFzip can be left unattended, working in the background.
- Can split an archive into several files, a useful feature for Usenet posting and for e-mail interchange of SoundFont files. It can also split an archive into several volumes of removable media like floppy disks.
- Can control the access to an archive by using an Encryption Key.
- Can create self-extracting archives. This feature can even be used with split or encrypted archives.
- Can add an entire directory tree to an archive. The tree structure is faithfully reconstructed when the archive is decompressed.
- 32-bit CRC control, to detect and prevent file corruption.
- Can automatically launch the default SoundFont editor to edit a file.
- Drag-and-drop operation.