Updated: Apr 11, 2020

Best FREE Chiptune VST Synths

Best FREE Chiptune VST Synths

These are the best free chiptune vst synths. If you're looking for some free synths that make those low bit style sounds, the 5 in this post are going to get you the results you're after.

The free synths in this list make sounds similar to what the NES, Atari, Game Boy, and even the Commodore 64 make. From percussion to sound effects, keep reading until the end for a bonus.

Chart of the best free synths for chiptune

This table includes all of the free synths for chiptune that are mentioned in the article below.

Synth Name Available Plugin Formats Supported OS
PULS 32-bit VST Windows
NES Pulse VST 32-bit VST Windows
ymVST 32-bit VST Windows
pooBoy 2 32-bit VST Windows
38911 Bytes 32-bit VST Windows

1. PULS

PULS Synth (one of the best free chiptune synths)

First up, we've got a Monophonic pulse wave synth with a really simple design. The synth only has buttons (32 to be exact), but hey, this plugin can definitely make some noise.

Get it here: PULS synth free download

2. NES VST PACK

NES VST (one of the best free chiptune synths)

This next one is a Nintendo Entertainment System sound emulator pack with 3 different plugins.

They are for creating pulse waves (NESPulse), triangle waves (NESTri), and white noise (NESNoise).

Together, these really hit the mark when it comes to recreating the original sounds of the console.

Just press the pink "ZIP" button to the right of the option once you're on the download page.

Get it here: NES VST PACK synth bundle - free download

3. ymVST

ymVST (one of the best free chiptune synths)

Based on Atari ST sound chip, ymVST even has a pixel themed interface. You'll get a lot of those old-school sounds from this plugin.

Get it here: ymVST synth free download

4. pooBoy 2

pooBoy 2 VST (one of the best free chiptune synths)

This one from Pontonius is an emulation of the sounds from the original Game Boy. Sure, it's got a silly name but, love it or hate it, this thing does its job. It has that retro look while still keeping it user-friendly.

Get it here: pooBoy 2 synth free download

5. 38911 Bytes

38911 Bytes VST (one of the best free chiptune synths)

Based on Commodore 64, this classic looking synth made by Odo Synths sticks to a traditional interface. You might be intimidated by its looks, but really, after figuring out what everything does, you should be good to go.

Get it here: 38911 Bytes synth free download

(Press the pink "ZIP" button on the top right of the plugin bar)


Now, these are definitely not all of the free plugins for Chiptune out there, they really only scratch the surface. After combing through many lists, these are the ones I found to be most promising.

I hope you enjoyed the list and if you did, share this with a friend. Thanks for reading!

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