Plugins (VST, AU, RTAS) for 8-bit sound

To use these virtual 8-bit sound synthesizers and effects, you need a plugin host like FL Studio, Renoise or others... For info, SAVIhost is a good free standalone VST plugin host for Windows. Perfect to test VST plugins !

38911 bytes [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> 38911_bytes.zip
38911 bytesCommodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip. The ZIP archive contains an old version too (yellow skin).

Audio demo by Odo

3Li73 Reducer 2 [windows/mac, VST/AU]
FX (Bitcrusher), Free Download >>> 3Li73_Reducer_2.zip
3Li73 Reducer 2This is a very compact bit/rate-reducer vst effect with pre- and after cutoff filters.

Audio demo by Virtual Creations

8Bit Synth - 8Bit Drums [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> 8Bit_Synth_-_8Bit_Drums.zip
8Bit Synth - 8Bit DrumsNintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom) soundchip emulation.

Audio demo by e0032

basic64 [windows, VST]
INST, Free
basic64Commodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip.

Note: I can not share this product here because the licence unauthorised me. (Woolyss)

Audio demo by 8BN

basic65 [windows, VST]
INST, Free
basic65Commodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip.

This version is the update to the popular basic64, redesigned from scratch, with many improvements, new features and all new presets. basic65 was co-developed with sink, who also made the amazing presets.

Note: I can not share this product here because the licence unauthorised me. (Woolyss)

Audio demo by De La Mancha (DLM)

BiT BOX [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> BiT_BOX.zip
BiT BOXAn 8-bit drum sampler with randomization functions. Over 500 samples from classic arcade games.

Audio demo by Dan Sun (VSTi used: Peach and BiT BOX)

Bitboy [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Bitboy.zip
BitboyOld consoles soundchip emulation (Noise).

Audio demo by Jerry Coox

Bitsmacker [mac, AU]
FX (Bitcrusher), Free Download >>> Bitsmacker.zip
BitsmackerThe Bitsmacker is a digital distortion swiss army knife for applying digital crust to your otherwise pristine audio signal. It Can simulate vintage samplers, classic video game systems, and other lo-fi paraphenalia. At extreme settings, it warps your audio with power you couldn't get from a stomp box or full stack.

Bleep [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Bleep.zip
BleepBleep is a free VSTi synthesizer plug-in for Windows which inspired by the sound of MOS Technology SID from Commodore 64 (C64). At the same time Bleep is not emulator of this chipset but only partially similar to its architecture.

Audio demo by the official website

C700 [windows/mac, VST/AU]
INST, Free Download >>> C700.zip
C700It emulates SPC700 (the S-SMP's integrated 8-bit CPU core manufactured by Sony with an instruction set similar to that of the MOS Technology 6502 (as used in the Commodore 64 and Vic 20, Apple II, BBC Micro and the original NES). You can import .spc super nintendo music track and use the instruments contained.

Audio demo by Jimmy52905

Chip32 [windows/mac, VST/AU]
INST, Free Download >>> Chip32.zip
Chip32This virtual synth produces old school electronical sounds and features a graphical wavetable editor. Chip32 has many midi control options, described in the readme. Additionally, there are an ADSR envelope, a basic filter and a bitcrusher. Good to emulate Nintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom) soundchip !

Audio demo by DjKlzonez

Decimator [windows/mac, VST/AU]
FX (Bitcrusher), Free Download >>> Decimator.zip
DecimatorDecimator is a little effect plugin that consists of a bit quantizer and sample rate reducer followed by a LP/HP filter. Midi-controllable.

DR-SID [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> DR-SID.zip
DR-SIDCommodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. Drumsampler with 320 samples. It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip.

Audio demo by Raw:audio

Dream 64 [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Dream_64.zip
Dream 64Dream 64 is not a sid emulator. It is just a VST plugin that can recreate sounds that are used in chip-music. It is inspired on the SID chip from the old but good Commodore C64. Of course with some extra features for the fun.

Audio demo by Odo

Famisynth [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Famisynth.zip
FamisynthNintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom) soundchip emulation.

Audio demo by Lifter

FMDrive [windows, VST]
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FMDriveFMDRIVE is a VST synth that not only emulate the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive FM sound chip YM2612 but also add a lot of extra features.

Audio demo by Aly James Lab

Geektronic [windows, VST]
FX (Bitcrusher), Free Download >>> Geektronic.zip
GeektronicGeektronic is a stereo bit-crusher/decimator effect. Simple, efficient. Reshape the audio stream (2 to 24 bits).

hues2600 [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> hues2600.zip
hues2600Atari 2600 soundchip emulation. It emulates noises producted by the Atari TIA soundchip. Just turn the "sample" and "hold" dials to change the noises. the red buttons on the left (next to those tan rectangles) control the various wave shapes.

Audio demo by Jerry Coox

Icecream [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Icecream.zip
IcecreamOld consoles soundchip emulation. 8-bit/Chip style Mono/Poly synthesizer - Dual Oscillators - 4 Octave per OSC - Osc2 Finetune - Step Sequencer Pitch/Filter - Bitcrusher 8bit, 16bit, 24bit, 32bit - Filter Section - Amp/Filter ADSR - Harmonics Switch - Reverb/Delay - X/Y Pad - Glide and Glide Rate.

Audio demo by Benalmighty (aka Benjamin Bustin)

JuceOPLVSTi [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> JuceOPLVSTi.zip
JuceOPLVSTiA VST instrument using the DOSBox OPL2 emulation. The OPL2 is a simple 2-operator digital FM sound chip from the late 80s, used in PC sound cards like the Adlib and original Sound Blaster. This VST instrument allows you to program an emulated OPL2 chip.

Audio demo by theycallmebruceful

Kraken [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Kraken.zip
KrakenKraken is a mono-synth with two OSCs, of which one retriggers the second for each whole wave.

Audio demo by µB

LOFI [windows, VST]
FX (Bitcrusher), Free Download >>> LOFI.zip
LOFIWith LOFI you can easily downgrade your clean sounds to old dirty sounding samples. From just a little dirt, to total destruction of the sound.

Magical 8bit Plug [windows/mac, VST/AU]
INST, Free Download >>> Magical_8bit_Plug.zip
Magical 8bit PlugOld consoles soundchip emulation. Sound is good to emulate Nintendo NES/Famicom. Note : It has not his own interface : It uses the interface of your plugin host.

Audio demo by 8-BITchin'tendo

Medusa 2 [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Medusa_2.zip
Medusa 2Old consoles soundchip emulation.

Audio demo by µB

MicroSynt [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> MicroSynt.zip
MicroSyntCommodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation.It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip.

Audio demo by Baldrikk

miniSID [windows, VST]
INST, Free
miniSIDCommodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip. The waveforms are sampled from a real 6581 SID chip and the arp gives that retro gamer effect.

Note: I can not share this product here because the licence unauthorised me. (Woolyss)

Audio demo by De La Mancha (DLM)

monomate [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> monomate.zip
monomatemonomate is a monophonic synth designed to create retro sounding basslines and shrill leads.

Audio demo by Aaron Rutledge

Multiband Bitcrusher [windows, VST]
FX (Bitcrusher), Free Download >>> Multiband_Bitcrusher.zip
Multiband BitcrusherThe Multiband Bitcrusher effect is a 4-band bit reduction / downsampler vst plugin. The 4 frequency bands can be operated independently and processed through the bitcrusher and the downsampler.

Neochip [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Neochip.zip
NeochipNeochip is a simple subtractive synth beginning by emulating the 2A03 chip used in the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom), and ending with an effects chain which allows you craft more modern sounds. Neochip is best suited to creating deep grimey basslines and bold retro stlye leads and pads.

Audio demo by J.G. Harding

NeoRetro DX [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> NeoRetro_DX.zip
NeoRetro DXNeoRetro DX (DX = deluxe) is a synthesizer designed to create sound reminiscent of SID (Commodore 64) or 8-Bit Nintendo music, combined with features designed to enhance these traditional sounds beyond the hardware limitations of their era.

Audio demo by JackDark

NES VST [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> NES_VST.zip
NES VSTThe NES VST is designed to emulate the 8-bit sounds of the Nintendo, remaining faithful to the specifications of the 2A03 chip.

Audio demo by Matt Montag

NESTri - NESPulse - NESNoise [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> NESTri_-_NESPulse_-_NESNoise.zip
NESTri - NESPulse - NESNoiseAlso known as 'NES VST Pack'. Nintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom) soundchip emulation.

Audio demo by Damien Sturdy

NinTiny [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> NinTiny.zip
NinTinyNintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom) soundchip emulation.

peach [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> peach.zip
peachpeach is a synthesizer based on the classic PSG processor of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom). More than 30 waveforms from many memorable sounds and tones have been meticulously deconstructed and tamed.

Audio demo by Aaron Rutledge

Plogue Chipsounds [windows/mac, VST/AU/RTAS]
INST, Commercial
Plogue ChipsoundsOld consoles soundchip emulation. It emulates the 2A03, AY-3-8910, DMG-CPU, P8244, POKEY, SID (MOS Technology 6581 and 8580), SN76489, TED, TIA, UVI and VIC-I soundchips.

Audio demo by Eric Patenaude

pooBoy 2 [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> pooBoy_2.zip
pooBoy 2Nintendo Gameboy soundchip emulation.

Audio demo by Tontonchaos

ProtoPSG [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> ProtoPSG.zip
ProtoPSGSega Megadrive/Genesis soundchip emulation. It emulates the PSG soundchip of Sega Megadrive/Genesis. 8 voices polyphonic PSG. 2 OSCs and 1 NoiseGenerator. 1 Envelope Generator.

Audio demo by g200kg

Pure64 [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Pure64.zip
Pure64Commodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip. 12 mono voices, 1 oscillator + ADSR , Mod/12 step Arpeggiator, 1 LFO pitch + pulsewidth, 1 filter low/hi/band, 1 noise gate (for drums and effects).

Audio demo by Riot Robotico

Pure6581 [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Pure6581.zip
Pure6581Commodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip. 1 OSC + 3 Stage Wavetable (sine, saw, ramp, triangle, pulse, noise), 1 RingModulation Section + ADSR, HARD-OSC-SYNC, 1 Filter (LP/HP/BP/BR), PWM Controller, Arpeggiator in 4 steps.

Audio demo by Riot Robotico

quadraSID [windows/mac, VST/AU]
INST, Commercial
quadraSIDCommodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip and more.

Audio demo by Rob Hubbard

Quantum 64 [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Quantum_64.zip
Quantum 64Quantum 64 is a harsh and aliased digital synth with single DCO and multimode filter. It is inspired by Commodore 64's SID sound chip but it definitely is no emulation. The two special ingredients that make the soul of Quantum 64 are the arpeggiator and the degrader/quantiser unit.

Redu(p)cer [windows, VST]
FX (Bitcrusher), Free Download >>> Redu(p)cer.zip
Redu(p)cerIt is a bit reduction effect using a very cool control set up that allows you to morph between five presets at a time. By assigning a midi controller you can get some really interesting automation effects in realtime.

Audio demo by the official website

Retorizer [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Retorizer.zip
RetorizerNintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom) soundchip emulation.

Audio demo by Bumpy

Retro Boy [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Retro_Boy.zip
Retro BoyRetro Boy is a virtual analog chiptune synth/emulator. Chiptune or otherwise known as 8-bit music is music or sounds synthesized by the sound chip of computers, video game systems, and most handled gaming systems.

Audio demo by vincenzo

Retro-gs01 - Retro-gs02 [windows, VST]
INST, Commercial
Retro-gs01 - Retro-gs02Commodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip.

Audio demo by Saul Cross

Retro-gsx [windows, VST]
INST, Commercial
Retro-gsxA new addition to the retro-gs series of instruments with a completely new build, retro-gsx offers even more SID (Commodore 64) inspired chip sound goodness thanks to the built in 'advanced wave sequencer'. Capable of recreating an incredible range of authentic SID sounds, easy to use, versatile and powerful

Audio demo by Saul Cross

Rocket Punch [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Rocket_Punch.zip
Rocket PunchEquipped with a hyper-speed mod envelope for punchy basslines and leads. Also good for frequency modulation effect and circuit bent sounds.

Audio demo by Hello Robot

SE64 [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> SE64.zip
SE64SE64 is a monosynth that makes retro computer game noises.

SIDboy [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> SIDboy.zip
SIDboyCommodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. It emulates noises producted by the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip.

Audio demo by Jerry Coox

SIDizer [windows, VST]
INST, Commercial
SIDizerSIDizer is a state-of-art emulation of legendary SID chip (Commodore 64) in a form of a modern software synthesizer. Using circuit modeling technology nearly all unique features of two versions (6581-8580) of SID chip among their famous flaws are accurately modeled. This emulation focuses on simulating nonlinear character of SID filter and mimicking special 6581 distortion that mainly influence the alternation of filtered signal in a real SID chip. It offers additional envelopes, LFOs , mod matrix and a routable bit-cruncher for adding extra lo-fi sound quality. SIDizer GUI is inspired from HyperSID that offers easy tweaking for all parameters on a single page. It is not only a powerful instrument for creating chip-tune style but it can produce a unique type of analog sound colored with harmonic distortion that is suited for creating bass, lead and drum sounds.

Audio demo by the official website

SIDmonster [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> SIDmonster.zip
SIDmonsterCommodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip.

Audio demo by L-Day

SN-EMU [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> SN-EMU.zip
SN-EMUSega (SG-series, Master System, Game Gear, MegaDrive/Genesis) machines soundchip emulation. It emulates the Texas Instruments SN76489 soundchip.

Audio demo by Ben Anderson (aka Benjamin Lee Anderson)

Soft PSG [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Soft_PSG.zip
Soft PSGSoft PSG is an AY-3-8910 emulator (MSX). It can emulate the PSG soundchip of Sega Megadrive/Genesis and others soundchips : Intellivision, Atari ST, Vectrex and ZX Spectrum.

Audio demo by Taezo

Super Portable Sound Generator (SPSG) [windows, VST]
INST, Commercial
Super Portable Sound Generator (SPSG)SPSG is a closely modeled Sega Master System sound chip (SN76489) emulator, a Windows VST instrument with live control in mind. Many test on real hardware have made possible some unreleased extended features, SPSG unlock the full power of the PSG (also known as DCSG, was also the second Sega Megadrive sound chip).

Audio demo by Aly James Lab

Syntendo [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Syntendo.zip
SyntendoNintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom) soundchip emulation.

TAL-Bitcrusher [windows/mac, VST/AU]
FX (Bitcrusher), Free Download >>> TAL-Bitcrusher.zip
TAL-BitcrusherTAL-Bitcrusher is a common bitcrusher with some useful additions. There is a low- and highshelf EQ and a noise cross modulator included. Its maybe useful on drums, especially hats and for distorted leads.

TBK2 [windows/mac, VST/AU/RTAS]
FX (Bitcrusher), Commercial
TBK2TBK2 is efficient, intuitive and direct - and therefore very simple to use, providing great results with minimal effort, the interface and the options provided makes it easy to achieve a variety of sonic effects including, but not limited to downsampling, bitcrushing, clipping.

thrummaschine [windows, VST]
FX (Bitcrusher), Free
thrummaschinethrummaschine is a 3-band distortion effect with independant, LFO-driven filters. Make your bass, mid and high frequencies oscillate at different speeds, shapes and pan, with whatever flavour and level of distortion you dial in for each band.

Timemachine [windows, VST]
FX (Bitcrusher), Free Download >>> Timemachine.zip
TimemachineTimeMachine is a VST plugin that provides accurate reproduction of the characteristic sound of vintage samplers, such as the Commodore 64, or older Akai samplers. The (virtual) sampling rate can be varied, as well as the number of bits used for digital representation. furthermore, aliasing distortion can be generated individually for AD and DA conversion.

toad [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> toad.zip
toadtoad is a drumkit based on the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom). Excellent quality percussive bits are here in abundance.

Audio demo by Aaron Rutledge

triforce [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> triforce.zip
triforceNintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom) soundchip emulation. There are only three wave types: square, triangle, and noise. There is also a simple arpeggiator for making classic 8-bit sounding tunes.

Audio demo by Aaron Rutledge

Unicycle [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Unicycle.zip
UnicycleUnicycle is an 8-bit wav-synth with 300 four-cycle waveforms to choose from, inspired by Niffla's Four Cycle Synth. The awesome filter is by Rick Jelliffe and there's also sample-rate and bit-rate reducers and a great decimator by Antto.

Universe [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Universe.zip
UniverseOld consoles soundchip emulation.

Audio demo by Ace music

Unknown 64 Pro [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> Unknown_64_Pro.zip
Unknown 64 ProCommodore 64 (C64) soundchip emulation. It emulates the SID (MOS Technology 6581) soundchip.

Audio demo by IJS

VOPM [windows/mac, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> VOPM.zip
VOPMIt emulates the OPM (Yamaha YM2151) - FM synthesis emulator. Excellent for Sega Megadrive/Genesis soundchip emulation ! The ZIP archive contains Windows and Mac versions, banks, manuals in English, 9500 OPM files (presets) and tools.

Audio demo by Louis Gorenfeld

YM2612 VST [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> YM2612_VST.zip
YM2612 VSTThis is a VST that uses code which emulates the sound chip found inside of the Sega Genesis/Megadrive systems. It's the closest you can get to the real thing currently without actually circuit bending a Genesis. If you don't know/care what a Genesis is, this VST is basically a 4 operator FM synth.

Audio demo by the official website

ymVST [windows, VST]
INST, Free Download >>> ymVST.zip
ymVSTAtari ST soundchip emulation. It emulates the Atari YM2149 soundchip.

Audio demo by IJS

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