Nintendo sound & music creation

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206 posts since 31 Dec, 2005

Post Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:54 pm

Are there any good VST or standalone synths that are free that can make sounds and music for games on the NES? I just bought NESMaker last night, and wanted to find some good synths or utilities I can use to create NES sounds & music. I know of FamStudio & FamTracker for music & sfx, but any other suggestions would be welcome.

398 posts since 28 Jul, 2006

Post Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:22 am

There's a free NES vst that's okay but missing a couple integral features. There's Plague Chipsynth but this is missing fine pitch adjustment so certain NES sounds aren't possible, it's also very cumbersome to program (comparable to Famitracker).

Plague is coming out with Chipsynth FC, which should be the ultimate NES emulation. That's what you probably want (and it's confirmed to have stuff missing from Chipsounds like fine pitch adjustment), but it's unlikely to come out any time soon and won't be free.

If you already have wavetable synths that can load custom wavetables (like serum or something) you can find NES wavetables in different wavetable formats pretty easily online to get that NES oscillator sound.

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2442 posts since 18 May, 2002 from up on Cripple Creek (CO)

Post Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:26 pm

If you don't mind a tracker interface, there's DefleMask:
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