Plogue Chipsounds v1.823

Plogue Chipsounds v1.823


5 out of 5
8-bit emulation
5 out of 5


5 out of 5


  • Release Date: May 22, 2015
  • Pros:

    Many chips to choose from. Fantastic quality and attention to detail. Great real-time performance modes. Good value.

  • Cons:

    Far too few presets. Some GUI elements are poorly executed. SID and AY emulations not 100%.

  • Conclusion:

    Chipsounds' superb emulation of nine vintage sound chips makes it a unique soft synth and a must for 8-bit-lovers.


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This software synth turns your VST, AU or RTAS host into a classic video game console, vintage 8-bit home computer and even an 80′s arcade. Plogue chipsounds authentically emulates 15 vintage 8-bit era sound chips (on top of their variants), down to their smallest idiosyncrasies.

But more interestingly, it also faithfully allows you to dynamically reproduce the accidentally discovered sounds effect tricks and abusive musical techniques that were made famous by innovative chip music composers and classic video game sound designers, which for the good part of the last 3 decades, have pushed beyond the boundaries of the original chip designs.

In short, whether you are already versed into chiptune/chip music or just interested in those sounds, this is one unique instrument for you!


To run Plogue Chipsounds you need to install the Plogue ARIA Engine v1.822

The ARIA Engine is a 64-bit Sample/Synthesis Engine, developed by Plogue Art et Technologie Inc in collaboration with Garritan Corp.

It is based on the SFZ 1.0 / SFZ 2.0 open file formats for instrument programming and the Scala open file format to define scales and temperaments.

The first software instrument in the ARIA engine was the Garritan Authorized Steinway Virtual Model D Piano Library, endorsed by and in cooperation with Steinway & Sons. Today, the ARIA Engine can be found in various software from Garritan, Plogue, AKAI, Sony, Microsoft and MakeMusic.
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Categories: Software, VST Instruments
Tags: 8-bit, synth