8-bit retro game sound synthesizer


22 Responses to “8-bit retro game sound synthesizer”

  1. roger says:

    I <3 Ableton Live.

  2. NE2d says:

    Pretty neat. Anyone know of a crude sequencer available for download? Right now I use one based on the sequencer from Mario Paint. Fun, but a little too crude.

  3. royaltrux says:


    Mac, Linux, commercial and free Windows-based VST software discussed at link above.

  4. nex says:

    Draconum (#10), Reason doesn’t allow you to use any ‘outside’ stuff except for MIDI (a necessity, otherwise you couldn’t play it) and sample banks. (Of course it supports ReWire, but only to get sound out of it, not into it.) So, it’s really a general design philosophy that it sports very little interoperability, and they’re intending to never ever change that. One would hope this is done for a good reason (heh), I’m thinking code optimisations that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. (A bad reason would be, “We’re leaving these interesting, useful bits out to make it easier for ourselves; either eat it as it is or starve.”)

    So, yeah, VST isn’t called VST because it’s the super-special technology used by Cubase VST. Rather, Cubase VST is called Cubase VST because it’s a Cubase that supports VST. Which was something worth pointing out in the mid 90s, when it first came out. Nowadays VST support is simply understood, and in fact in the last 5 years or so, no version of Cubase had the ‘VST’ suffix.

    Does anyone know about good SID-like instruments for Linux or Mac? I’d like to try out Basic64, but can’t … :-(

    Btw., for really simple retro gaming bleeps, try YMCK’s “magical 8-bit plug-in”. That one at least is available for Windows and Mac.

  5. jonbro says:

    I don’t know about crude, but for free (and drawing on a rich chiptune heritage) is LGPT:


    will send midi out to your synthz if you need to get control over your rack of vsts.

  6. SoulDaYondah says:

    Awsome plugin. I just made a little ditty with it, called ‘ Us Old School Zomb’s Don’t Bothah to Run’. It just posted it on my myspace: http://www.myspace.com/jeanfrancoisc

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I just recently decided to explore the world of VSTs outside of those that came with Fruity Loops 8. I foudn this 8-bit synth and began to drool on myself…

    unfortunately, after i added it to my list of generators, and then tried to bring it up, it states that it cannot find the file or that maybe the file needs to be registered.

    Why is this?

    I have successfully added new vst effects, however every time i try to add a synth generator it fails. Is it because these are not compatible with FL?

    Also, just out of curiosity, I added an 8 bit gen to my effects list and it would bring up the window that i would expect it to bring up but of course it does absolutely nothing to the sound i chose it to have an effect on because it is not an effect. :/ Help please?

  8. NE2d says:


    Thanks, but yikes, that looks a little out of my depth–I think I’ll stick with Mario for now.

  9. Brett Burton says:

    So has anyone recommended a good Commodore 64 (aka SID CHIP) simulator for the Mac? Preferably one that is Universal Binary? Or any other 8-bit Mac UB synths?

  10. jphilby says:

    Note that Logic 8 (some call a “great pro app”) still does not support VST. But Reaper OSX does. Thanks, Paul, for the Pagesoft tip.

  11. Paul says:

    I’ve been using a Max-based sequencer called Cbasicore64 for over a year now, and it’s great. It’s a fairly good SID chip emulator, it’s standalone, and it has ReWire support. It’s also available for both Mac and Windows.

    You can get it from the developers’ site here (after scrolling down for a bit):

  12. Anonymous says:

    I was excited to see this 8bit vst, but when I installed it, it didn’t work in any of my sound editing programs: fl studio 9 (trial), adobe soundbooth cs5, audacity 1.3 and roxio sound editor. I tried this, HarmoniEQ.dll, magical8bit by ymck and autotune vst. The only one that worked was autotune. I have windows 7 enterprise 64bit, if anyone has a solution, please tell me.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Will this work for Madtracker 2?

  14. Fake Rake says:

    An excellent free program (at least, free to evaluate, it’s old-style unrestricted shareware) for trying this out is Reaper. And once you get set up with Reaper or another host, you can grab a ton of other free synths and effects from all over the Internet (KVRAudio is a good site for finding some of them…)

  15. iAMERROR says:

    yeah im a noob on this website but, i looked all over this page but i dont see any link that says DOWNLOAD, any help?
    plus check out my electrocore/screamo band @

    i use Garage band to program the music!

  16. OCNCTY says:

    I agree 100% with Draconum. FL Studio Pro is an incredibly useful, powerful tool – i run all my VST through it.

  17. thespreads says:

    Previous post is inaccurate – VST is not exclusive to Cubase.

    I use VST in Protools with a wrapper.


    Can’t wait to download this

  18. acb says:

    #2: there’s a commercial SID-emulating softsynth for OSX and Windows named reFX QuadraSID; it has extensions such as envelopes, modulators and a mini-sequencer, and even has soundbanks by C64 music luminaries such as Chris Huelsbeck and Rob Hubbard. If you prefer Nintendo sounds, Japanese electropop group YMCK have released a free softsynth based on the Famicom’s sound chip, at http://www.ymck.net/english/download/index.html

    #16: you can use VST plugins under Logic, with the addition of a third-party VST to AudioUnit adaptor. fxPansion make one, which is a commercial product. I’ve been using it and it works rather nicely.

  19. Draconum says:

    Thespreads is right. VST is almost universal in the software sequencer world (at least for Windows, anyway).

    The only major music sequencer for Windows that I know of that DOESN’T support it is Reason, for a reason I cannot fathom (other than the fact that they want you to use generators developed by their company).

    FLStudio FTW (anyone who refuses to believe that FL is powerful hasn’t used it for four or five years like I have :)

  20. deejayqueue says:

    This is NOT a standalone program, It’s a plugin for Cubase VST.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Hello everybody,

    You can download all 8bit VST plugins existing on Web, on this webpage :


    Freewares mainly!

  22. Gainclone says:

    Anybody out there know of a Mac equivalent? This is just what I seek… but for the wrong OS…

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