How to play a midi file
When SynthFont starts up for the first time it will ask you to load a midi file, or load one file delivered with the installation package. To load you own file you can either go to the "1 Files / Folders" page and to the Explorer at the bottom and look for to folder with the midi file you want to load. Double-click the file in the files list to open it in SynthFont. Alternatively you can press the Open Midi or Arrangement button in the main toolbar. An Arrangement file is simply a text file with information regarding the settings you want for a particular midi file. When you open a new midi file there will not be any Arrangement file available, but as soon as you change something, like the Payback volume or SoundFonts used, SynthFont will create an Arrangement in memory which you the can save (or not).
Creating audio files
You play a file to the standard audio output (i.e. your audio card and speakers or headphone) by pressing the "Play to Speakers" button in the main toolbar. You also have two more choices: "Play to File" or "Play to Both". "Play to File" will by default let you create an standard Windows WAV file, which you later can burn to an audio CD. Also other file formats are available. (Please note that midi files are not audio files and cannot as such be burnt to an audio CD). The speed of creating a file is highest when you use the "Play to File" button, as nothing is sent to the standard output then. "Play to Both" sends audio to the output at the same time. You can also let SynthFont convert to a compressed file, for example Windows Media Audio (WMA), MP3 or OggVorbis (OGG) by choosing the particular file format.
The Arrangement file
This file contains the name of the midi file for which it was created and a number of additional settings. For example, the VST effects you have installed are stored here. Thus, when you open a new midi file you may find that the VST effects list is empty. If you find that the arrangement is not what you want you can either erase it from the system (it is a file) or you can open the midi file using the "Open Midi or Arrangement" button and uncheck the "Read data from Arrangement as well" check-box.
The main toolbar
The buttons in the main toolbar are:
1.Exit - exit the program
2.Setup and Options - change a number of settings and manage your selection of VST effects and instruments
3.Save Arrangement - save the arrangement for a MIDI file. The arrangement contains the selection of SoundFonts, VST effects, VST instruments and many other similar settings (NOTE: press RIGHT mouse button to pop up the Save As... alternative)
4.Open Midi or Arrangement - open a midi file or its arrangement. Press down arrow button for a list of your Arrangements and some functions for organizing them.
5.SoundFont File... - open a SoundFont and assign it to a midi channel (press right mouse button for a history list)
6.Play to Speakers - play the midi file to the standard audio output (speakers or headphone)
7.Play to File - create an audio file suitable for writing to a CD or storing on your media player. A Save dialog box will appear in in which you can choose the file format.
8.Play to Both - send the audio to both standard output and a file (slower than just using ”Play to File”)
9.Turn Midi Input ON - play not from a MIDI file but in real time from a MIDI input port source to which for instance a keyboard could be connected
10.Save Midi - save a midi file which you have edited (not visible in Just Playing mode)
The Synth Rack - Move mouse over the image regions
The Playlist and file Explorer
More about Plug & Play
SynthFont tutorial, part 2