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.

Wikipedia Soundfont

Audio demo by Denture Punch - Use The_Nes_Soundfont.sf2
Audio demo by Kitt - Use Famicom.sf2
Audio demo by Shnabubula - Use Super_Mario_Kart.sf2 and Super_Mario_World.sf2
Audio demo by Maxo 01 - Use Kirby's_Dream_Land_3.sf2

You need to install Flash plugin !
Examples of SNES soundfonts (created by Blitz Lunar and Shnabubula)

Soundfont compressors/decompressors

SF2 is the soundfont format. You can compress and uncompress it with :

Website SfPack - (on Windows - Mirror)
Website SfArk - (on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux - Mirror)

Soundfont players

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 :

Website FruityLoops Soundfont Player
Website Bismark BS-1
Website AudioSynth
Website Kontakt sampler
There are lot of commercial soundfont players (Windows and Mac).

EFM SF Synth 2 : A free VSTi plugin, on Windows

EFM SF Synth 2 (mirror) : A free VSTi plugin, on Windows

SynthFont : A free standalone soundfont player, 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.

AuthorSoundfont nameDldAudio
Website KittWebsite FamicomFamicom.zipby Kitt
Website Blitz LunarWebsite F-ZeroF-Zero.zipby Blitz Lunar
Website MaliceXWebsite GBFontGBFont.zipby Chris Read
Website ZandroWebsite GXSCC gm 033GXSCC_gm_033.zipby Breaker Turtle
Website Blitz LunarWebsite Kirby's Dream Land 3Kirby's_Dream_Land_3.zipby Blitz Lunar
Website Blitz LunarWebsite Mega Man XMega_Man_X.zipby Shnabubula
Website AwpwrWebsite MP NES ComposerMP_NES_Composer.zipby Swordfyre
Website Blitz LunarWebsite Mystical Ninja Starring GoemonMystical_Ninja_Starring_Goemon.zipby Blitz Lunar
Website Bryan BilocuraWebsite Nokia 30Nokia_30.zipby DoctorJ
Website ZandroWebsite OPL-3 FM 128MOPL-3_FM_128M.zipby King Meteor
Website Blitz LunarWebsite Secret of
SetzerWebsite Setzer's SPC SoundfontSetzer's_SPC_Soundfont.zipby PongBall
Steven RhodesWebsite SquareSquare.zipby Steven Rhodes
Website Blitz LunarWebsite Super
Website Blitz LunarWebsite Super Mario KartSuper_Mario_Kart.zipby Shnabubula
Website Blitz LunarWebsite Super Mario WorldSuper_Mario_World.zipby Shnabubula
Christian EsquivelWebsite Tales of PhantasiaTales_of_Phantasia.zipby Christian Esquivel
Website TheEightBitWebsite The Nes SoundfontThe_Nes_Soundfont.zipby Denture Punch
Website TheEightBitWebsite The Ultimate Megadrive SoundfontThe_Ultimate_Megadrive_Soundfont.zipby TheEightBit
Website Blitz LunarWebsite Zelda


Website Soundfonts Utilities - 'Final Fantasy' and 'Legend of Zelda' soundfonts
Website Old soundcard emulation - Lot of soundfonts
Website SNES soundfonts of Blitz Lunar and Shnabubula
Website SNES sample ripping with OpenSPC and SPC Tool
Website How to rip instruments from Nintendo SNES/Famicom (Youtube video - Mirror)
Website Video game music archive (MIDI files)

Thank you to Blitz Lunar (aka Dave Harris) for his great help.


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