I am an amateur arranger and composer. I have been working with Windows, Finale and Garritan instruments for some years. However, I am also a physicist, so I decided to move to Linux (basically for programming!). In addition to that, I would like to set up my studio using open-source software.
The problem is how to setup everything to fulfill my needs.
For sheet music edition, Musescore is perfect. The problem comes for getting the audio. I have recently discovered SFZ soundfonts. There are tons of freely available SFZ instruments of decent quality. However, even when Musescore is able to play SFZ sounds, the synth it has is not very good, and even with relatively good quality samples, it sounds very "mechanical" and unrealistic. I know that Musescore has improved a lot in audio terms, but for me it is still not enough. In addition to that, I have several VST sounds that I would like to use, that cannot be used inside Musescore.
So basically I need a DAW able to play SFZ and VST sounds. The idea would be to export the MIDI from Musescore to work them in the DAW. I tried with LMMS, which I have installed on Windows. However, there is no way to play SFZ with LMMS -I need a sampler for that. Sforzando is light and looks good, but there is no version for Linux. Then I have tried with LinuxSampler.
The problem is that LinuxSampler is prepared to control all the MIDI channels. When I include it into the Vestige VST instrument of LMMS, it is able to control only one instrument, so I would need to load several instances of LinuxSampler. Unfortunately, LinuxSampler is very heavy and LMMS crashes if I try to load several instances. And LMMS is not able to re-route channels in order to work with a single instance of the sampler.
I have also read about Ardour, but I am not sure if it is able to handle SFZ and VST.
So, regarding the kind of studio I would like to have, I want to ask: There exists a free DAW in Linux with both SFZ and VST reproduction from a MIDI file?
About the question, if there is any way to get LMMS working with SFZ or LinuxSampler, it would be good enough for me. However after an extensive web search, looks like this is very difficult to do...
Any help or recommendation is welcomed. Thank you!