Quick Start: Global Rack For Download

If you want to skip the effort of setting up a global rack for Synfire or the Synfire Demo, or just don't have enough audio plug-ins (VST/AU) installed yet, you can begin with the following freely available sound libraries.

We have set up a default global rack that will work with these libraries.

UPDATE: In the meanwhile UVI seem to have removed the Demo Soundpack download from their site, so these instructions might not help you much unless you already have some UVI content installed.

Eliminates High Latency on Windows

While on OS X, the default DLSMusicDevice AudioUnit isn't that bad, its counterpart on Windows, the Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth, has a very high latency that renders it almost useless, at least for recording. These free sound libraries and VST/AudioUnit plug-ins can help.

Free UVI Workstation

uvishot.pngThe free sample player UVI Workstation and a UVI Demo Soundpack are available from UVI's website for free here: http://www.uvi.net/en/software/uvi-workstation.html  

Windows 7, Windows 10

  1. Make sure Synfire is installed and has run at least once. During installation, please keep the default suggested folders unchanged.
  2. Download and install the UVI Workstation and UVI Demo Soundpack from the link above. 
  3. Install UVI Workstation. Keep all suggested default options unchanged.
  4. Unpack the UVI Demo Soundpack ZIP. Move the file UVI Demo Pack.ufs to the folder C:\User\<yourname>\Documents\UVISoundBanks
  5. Download our ZIP for Windows (attached below). It includes a global rack ("UVIGlobal.cogsetup") and an associated device description ("UVI_UVIWorkstationVST_Multi.device"). Unpack the ZIP to a new folder on your hard drive. 
  6. Start Synfire, goto Playback >> Audio & MIDI Setup. Goto the tab Gobal Sounds, then to the tab Global Device Descriptions. Open the options menu with the cogwheel and import the device description UVI_UVIWorkstationVST_Multi.device with Open And Add ...
  7. Open the rack UVIGlobal.cogsetup with File >> Open. Save it as CurrentRack.cogsetup in your computer user's Documents folder under Synfire Pro/Config/Racks. This will make Synfire load this rack on startup automatically.
  8. Switch to the Global Instruments tab and verify all instruments are indicated green (if you see orange or red indicators, you may need to re-assign the new sounds). Play any of the five instruments using the small Play buttons next to them. Don't forget to save the rack (Ctrl-S).

OS X

  1. Make sure Synfire is installed and has run at least once. During installation, please keep the default suggested folders unchanged.
  2. Download and install the UVI Workstation and UVI Demo Soundpack from the link above. 
  3. Install UVI Workstation. Keep all suggested default options unchanged.
  4. Unpack the UVI Demo Soundpack ZIP. Move the file UVI Demo Pack.ufs to the folder /Library/Application Support/UVISoundBanks (The Library folder is on top of your startup volume and may be hidden. If so, open it from the Finder's main menu with Go)
  5. Download and unpack our ZIP for OS X (attached below). It includes a global rack ("UVIGlobal.cogsetup") and an associated device description ("UVI_UVIWorkstation_Multi.device").
  6. Start Synfire, goto Playback >> Audio & MIDI Setup. Goto the tab Gobal Sounds, then to the tab Global Device Descriptions. Open the options menu with the cogwheel and import the device description UVI_UVIWorkstation_Multi.device with Open And Add ...
  7. Open the downloaded rack with File >> Open. Save it as CurrentRack.cogsetup in your computer user's Documents folder under Synfire Pro/Config/Racks. This will make Synfire load this rack on startup automatically.
  8. Switch to the Global Instruments tab and verify all instruments are indicated green (if you see orange or red indicators, you may need to re-assign the new sounds). Play any of the five instruments using the small Play buttons next to them. Don't forget to save the rack (Command-S).

Of course, this is a very basic global rack with only a few sounds. At least it gets you started quickly.  You should probably start adding your own plug-ins at your earliest convenience.

There are more free sound libraries from other sources, that can help you build a rack to start with.

*) Trademarks: UVI, UVI Workstation, Native Instruments, Kontakt, Kontakt Player and Factory Selection Library are trademarks of Native Instruments, Berlin and UVI, France respectively. Cognitone is not affiliated with or endorsed by Native Instruments or UVI in any way. The above mentioned resources are made available to the public by Native Instruments and UVI. We provide these tipps and links for your convenience only.

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