asked Jun 18 '16 at 07:58 by netgrinder1 (11)

I would like to know how I can add .sfz files from other applications to Bitwig Studio. A detail description is appreciated.

Hi there,

actually it's a topic of interest for me too...

So I did a bit of initial investigation on this topic, driven by your request.

I have to say that the instructions on the sfz2bitwig site are pretty clear to me... But I'm a Linux user, so I'm used to console commands, even if in "modern times" nobody, neither in *nix community, is forced to text commands anymore.

But, given that, the first step to do is actually install python on your computer...

Then, the easy way is to open a command shell on your computer... i.e. on Windows just type cmd.exe in your app menu or search for instruction on how to open a "command shell", a "terminal" or a "power shell". You are supposed to find tons of pages on that topic, if you do not already know.

Then download the sfz2bitwig project from github, by any available method, the easier is click on "Download ZIP" which appears when you press the orange button "Clone or Download" on the mid right.

Unpack and find the file "" file.

To execute it, just follow the instructions on the file, which is a simple text file, you can read with mousepad or any similar editor.

That's to simply open a terminal, console, shell, call it any way you want, go to the unpack directory by "cd" and then type

python <filename>

The <filename> is the absolute or relative path to the sfz file you want to convert.

Expert users can also create a launcher which automagically calls the script on the .sfz files.

The python program will process your file, leaving it unaltered, and will produce, in the same folder as the original, a corresponding file called ".multisample" instead of ".sfz".

You can then drag that file in your sample from the Bitwig browser...

I have to say that, using the latest 2.5beta5 Bitwig, most of the sfz files I have are already directly managed by the Bitwig sampler alone...

If it doesn't work, you can try using the Python script to do the required convertion...

Beware that not all the sfz internal opcodes are supported by the script. Check the readme file.

Hope this helps... In the case you need more instructions, just let me know and I will modify this short """"""guide""""" in order to be of better help...

Best regards, Fabrizio

PS.... Just in case... If I'm of any help, please upvote me... :-D


answered Feb 09 '19 at 16:58 by fsciarra62 (1.0k)

edited Feb 09 '19 at 18:39

Thank you, I´m going to follow your instructions and see if it works for me. You have my vote anyway :)

  — (Feb 09 '19 at 17:35) Antuan

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Converting SFZ to multisamples
SFZ 2 Multisample ( Software Program)

Guy has written Java code ".jar" to convert SFZ to multisample

java -jar Sfz2Multisample-1.0.2.jar sfzfilename.sfz


answered Jul 14 '16 at 22:14 by FutureHorizons (21)

edited Dec 11 '16 at 00:29

Just so that it's on here the python version of the converter is more stable and feature-ful than the java version. I tried both.

It handles velocity and loop detection much better.

Check it out over here:


answered Jan 01 '19 at 20:32 by trichard (39)

That´s usefull, could someone tell me how to use this program please? I don´t know how to open/execute a .py file...


answered Feb 09 '19 at 11:53 by Antuan (693)

edited Feb 09 '19 at 11:53

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