Updated: Apr 11, 2020
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.
This table includes all of the free synths for chiptune that are mentioned in the article below.
|Synth Name||Available Plugin Formats||Supported OS|
|NES Pulse VST||32-bit VST||Windows|
|pooBoy 2||32-bit VST||Windows|
|38911 Bytes||32-bit VST||Windows|
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
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
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
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
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.
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