Soundfonts (SF2) for chipmusic, chiptune and retro games
What is a soundfont ?
A soundfont bank contains base samples in PCM format (similar to WAV files) that are mapped to sections on a musical keyboard. A soundfont bank also contains other music synthesis parameters such as loops, vibrato effect, and velocity sensitive volume changing. With these capabilities, a computer with a soundfont-compatible sound card or synthesizer can render audio content that is similar in quality to that of a professional digital sampler.
[mp3] Audio demo by Denture Punch - Use The_Nes_Soundfont.sf2
[mp3] Audio demo by Kitt - Use Famicom.sf2
[mp3] Audio demo by Shnabubula - Use Super_Mario_Kart.sf2 and Super_Mario_World.sf2
[mp3] Audio demo by Maxo 01 - Use Kirby's_Dream_Land_3.sf2
Examples of SNES soundfonts (created by Blitz Lunar and Shnabubula)
SF2 is the soundfont format. You can compress and uncompress it with :
SfPack - (on Windows - Mirror)
SfArk - (on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux - Mirror)
How to install a VSTi soundfont player ? There are simple and good tutorials here and there.
Free players :
- For VSTi plugins, check here, or download directly the Pack of free soundfont players made by Jikoo.
- For Mac users, check here.
- For standalone players on Windows, check here.
Commercial players :
FruityLoops Soundfont Player
There are lot of commercial soundfont players (Windows and Mac).
EFM SF Synth 2 (mirror) : A free VSTi plugin, on Windows
SynthFont : A free standalone soundfont player, on Windows
- 8 bit sound (Simple waveforms, Nintendo Gameboy, NES/Famicom...)
- 16 bit sound (Nintendo SNES, Sega Megadrive/Genesis, OPL, FM...)
Download directly all free soundfonts in SF2 or SfArk (Compressed SF2) format.
|Kitt||Famicom||[mp3] by Kitt|
|Blitz Lunar||F-Zero||[mp3] by Blitz Lunar|
|MaliceX||GBFont||[mp3] by Chris Read|
|Zandro||GXSCC gm 033||[mp3] by Breaker Turtle|
|Blitz Lunar||Kirby's Dream Land 3||[mp3] by Blitz Lunar|
|Blitz Lunar||Mega Man X||[mp3] by Shnabubula|
|Awpwr||MP NES Composer||[mp3] by Swordfyre|
|Blitz Lunar||Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon||[mp3] by Blitz Lunar|
|Bryan Bilocura||Nokia 30||[mp3] by DoctorJ|
|Zandro||OPL-3 FM 128M||[mp3] by King Meteor|
|Blitz Lunar||Secret of Mana||.|
|Setzer||Setzer's SPC Soundfont||[mp3] by PongBall|
|Steven Rhodes||Square||[mp3] by Steven Rhodes|
|Blitz Lunar||Super Bomberman||.|
|Blitz Lunar||Super Mario Kart||[mp3] by Shnabubula|
|Blitz Lunar||Super Mario World||[mp3] by Shnabubula|
|Christian Esquivel||Tales of Phantasia||[mp3] by Christian Esquivel|
|TheEightBit||The Nes Soundfont||[mp3] by Denture Punch|
|TheEightBit||The Ultimate Megadrive Soundfont||[mp3] by TheEightBit|
|Blitz Lunar||Zelda 3||.|
Soundfonts Utilities - 'Final Fantasy' and 'Legend of Zelda' soundfonts
Old soundcard emulation - Lot of soundfonts
SNES soundfonts of Blitz Lunar and Shnabubula
SNES sample ripping with OpenSPC and SPC Tool
How to rip instruments from Nintendo SNES/Famicom (Youtube video - Mirror)
Video game music archive (MIDI files)
Thank you to Blitz Lunar (aka Dave Harris) for his great help.
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