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 SQ8ROM by SampleScience is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
Product SQ8ROM
Developer SampleScience
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Rompler80sSynthwave
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
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Download Released
Downloads Released
System Requirements
Windows 7/8/10
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System Requirements
macOS High Sierra/Mojave
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SQ8ROM is a sampled version of SQ8L, a VST plugin based on the sound and synthesizer architecture of the Ensoniq SQ80. SQ8ROM comes with 50 sounds, the remaining sounds are available as free expansions for a total of 168 sounds. SQ8ROM is a must-have if you produce synthwave, synth-pop, vaporwave, and any other 80s influenced genres.

Best of all, SQ8ROM will be forever free.


  • 168 sounds.
  • Amplitude ADSR.
  • Reverb.
  • Multi-LFO.
  • Can be used as a MSE file reader.
  • VST/VST3/AU plugin instruments for Windows 7/8/10 and macOS High Sierra/Mojave.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 3.67 from 3 reviews

Reviewed By SupraAudio
January 13, 2020

Great selection of classic 80s sounds. Very easy to use, the parameters can be automated and the ADSR is effective (not always not with other similar plugins). Obviously, you have to be into these types of sounds and play with them across the whole keyboard. Otherwise, you run the risk of thinking they all sound the same. The LFO can be used to add movement to the sound, radically changing them in a very easy and fast way. You can also use your mod wheel to adjust the LFO effect live, which is really useful when recording live performances. Overall, a really nice plugin, plus you can't complain about the price.

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Reviewed By juliandoe
January 11, 2020

I think it's a matter of taste and this is not my cup of tea. three of four nice sound, the rest is boring and uninspiring. Really, testing all the 168 sounds has been a pain. You can do the same sounds that this rompler does with a native/free synth using way less hard disk space.

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Reviewed By BirdBr@in
December 2, 2019

Beautiful. Sounds good too. Nice control over the sounds. Great to have so many more sounds to download from the dev's web site. Would like them to make a EPS emulator.

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Discussion: Active
17 September 2019 at 10:20pm

SQ-8L is available for free. What is the point of sampling a free VSTi to create another free VSTi that is supposedly less programmable?

8 October 2019 at 11:20pm

The point is compatibility: the original plugin is a Windows 32-bit VST plugin. SQ8ROM, on the other hand, is available as a 64-bit Windows VST/VST3 plugin and a macOS VST/VST3/AU plugin.

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Average user rating of 3.67 from 3 reviews

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