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SampleRadar: 223 free retro video game samples

Ah, those were the days.
Ah, those were the days. (Image credit: J.C. Towers/ClassicStock/Corbis)

As a child, SampleRadar spent more time than it cares to recall thumbing its Game Boy and loitering in the local arcade. It's with a degree of sentimentality, then, that it approaches this week's collection of retro video game sounds.

Created using a bevy of hardware and software synths and effects, this is just the sample set you need if you want to create a chiptune opus or give your productions a hint of that 8-bit flavour.

What you need to know

The samples are split into three folders: Beats, FX and Loops. Each contains sounds of that particular variety.

All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they're royalty-free, you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like - all we ask is that you don't re-distribute them.

The retro video game samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!

Example sounds

Game Boy beat (120bpm)

8-bit style beat (130bpm)


8-bit style loop (90bpm)

Game Boy loop (120bpm)

Retro video game samples: click to download

Retro video game samples (108MB)

These samples originally appeared on Computer Music magazine's cover DVD. Check out the latest issue for many more.

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