Open SF files

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    IRCAM / MTU SoundFile Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a SF file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a SF file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your SF file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is SF file?

The file extension SF marks audio files in IRCAM sound format. It is a format developed by the French 'Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique' for the storage of audio data, which is mainly used for CSound samples and MTU systems (digital audio workstation).

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In addition, with BICSF (Berkeley / IRCAM / CARL) or EBICSF there is an extended format variant with a modified header, which was used on various workstation systems from VAX, Sun or MIPS. In addition to the channel number and the sample rate, an ID for the respective workstation is specified in the header of a SF file.

SF files from different workstations are thus for the most part incompatible with each other, but can be read by IRCAM supporting programs on Windows or Mac today.

Partly, SF files can also be easily loaded via the raw import of audio software.

Programs which can open a SF file

How to open file with SF extension?

In order to open a file with SF extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening SF file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with SF files, follow the instructions below.
Install Minecraft or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening SF files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support SF files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of SF files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Minecraft as the default program for opening SF files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate SF files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Minecraft applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Minecraft has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with SF files

Sometimes problems with opening SF files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • SF files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open SF files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • SF file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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