RetroByts puts NES and C64 sounds in a plugin, giving you a double hit of ‘80s chiptune nostalgia

Sono Elements RetroByts
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Fans of ‘80s video game music now have another way to sate their chiptune desires in the form of Sono Elements’ RetroByts plugin.

This includes all the basic waveforms from the Nintendo Entertainment System and Commodore 64, plus a few more retro video game console sounds on the side.

These are packed into a simple and easy-to-understand interface - you get an Amplitude ADSR, along with reverb, filter and sub effects - making it easy to live out your 8-bit dreams. Low CPU usage is also promised.

You can snaffle RetroByts now for $19 from the Sono Elements website. It’s available for PC and Mac in VST/AU formats.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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