Hello! ChipTone is a free tool for generating sound effects, mainly for games but they could be used for anything you like. I'm currently working to flesh out the sampler and the sequencer. This tool was originally made in Flash, but, uh, yeah, that didn't work out. So now it's in HTML5 instead! And Windows and Mac downloadable versions too.

I hope you find this tool useful, and if you make anything cool using it, I'd love to see!


All sounds created using ChipTone are FREE to use for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, under the CC0 licence


ChipTone is being built by me, Tom Vian. You can reach me at tom@sfbgames.com or @SFBTom.
The colours, icons and ChipTone logo were designed by Adam Vian. He can be found at @SFBDim.
ChipTone was partly inspired by Increpare's bfxr, which was built on top of my as3sfxr, which was ported from Tomas Pettersson's sfxr. Phew!
ChipTone was built using Haxe and the OpenFL project.

Updated 15 days ago
Published 18 days ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, HTML5
Made withHaxe, OpenFL
Tags16-bit, 8-Bit, audio, Generator, sfx, sound
Asset licenseCreative Commons Zero v1.0 Universal
Average sessionA few minutes


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

chiptone-mac.zip 7 MB
Version 0.5.1
chiptone-win.zip 6 MB
Version 0.5.1

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Very good! Love it!

Wow! It's amazing! I loved!

Amazing, wow! So awesome for you to have made a beautiful tool like this!

I have literally used this everyday since I downloaded it.  It's a great tool now, and hopefully will be better when it's complete.  

One issue is that you have to type .wav every time you export a file, or it doesn't save correctly.  

Other than that, it generates all of the tones you could ever want for any retro game you want to create.

I love this! but the Windows version won't save the file as a .wav file. is it something that I'm doing?

Just put .wav in the file name, worked for me

Very good tool thank you for this :)

very cool

Looks and sound good! But not very usable for me without support for midi devices or as a VST.


I used your tool so many times in my gamedev life ! And when Flash was announced to be abandoned I was so sad ! I was looking for alternative but didn't find any other equivalent... And today I went to the old link that was in my bookmark for so long just, you know, for a miracle and BAM here it is ! "New Home" ! I'm so ridiculously happy xD

Have my 5$ ! (not much I know, sry, but it's with all my heart !)

ps : You can play the 3 games on wich we used Chiptone here : wegpast.itch.io and the earliest one : (https://gamejolt.com/games/ld43-journey/383045)


Thank you so much for this. I use it all the time for quick sound FX. Really happy to see it here on itch.

Awesome tool! I used this a lot for game sfx and it works wonders!

The design of the tool is really good. The way you start with a simple sound set and work your way through more complex settings step by step from left to right makes this so easy to use but powerful at the same time.

The RANDOMIZE button can also be a lifesaver sometimes :)

Incredible work!


In Firefox on Linux, I get an error message: "Stage3d error: Context3D not available".

ChipTone needs webGL hardware acceleration, which I believe isn't on by default on Firefox for Linux yet. You can turn it on though, on about:config, you'll want to look for the vaapi settings

This is so much fun!



can I sell a paid sound asset pack made with this tool?


Yes, every sound created with this is in the public domain, as far as the CC0 license allows. You can do anything you want.

Icon. Legend. You ARE the moment.

help i summoned a demon.


Wow this is really a well done tool. Thanks for porting to HTML5/JS!

It would be nice to have a PWA version, so it can be used everywhere, not just the iframe.

Holy Crap, THIS IS AMAZING!!! 

cool and more cool, is awesome this tool, easy and fast of use, i really want the sequencer come :


this synth is friggin sweet. any chance of a VST version ?

Cant wait for the sequencer I love playing around with sequencer and making music.

The synth is cool too and is like sfxr.


Linux version?

agreed. would love to use this as well on Linux.

A great tool, also good for learning and understanding how synthesizers work. Well done. :)

Hey, this is awesome! :D


If only we could export to some other format than wav that would be great.

For instance to a MOD file, would that be possible?

There are websites to convert audio to other formats.

I checked but any format to a MOD is usualy not working well, the best way is to get it from the tool right away.

By any mean, your tool is great already but I could see it getting even more traction on itch.io especially with tools like gb-studio which uses mod file.

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Its not mine I was just giving a suggestion.

I used a website to convert it to an mp3.

My bad, I thought it was the dev replying.

Modules are a very specific format that potentially this tool could benefit of allowing an export to.

This is really fun to work with, do you think you are going to add patch boards? (I think that's what their called, where you connect wires to different things) If that were to get added OMG I would be tweaking those nobs and creating a monstrous tangle of wires till the wee hours of the morning aha. Anyways thanks for making this it's awesome :)

SO! Under the hood, I wrote ChipTone's synth to be entirely modular, it's just set up in this particular configuration to make a usable tool for the most people. But I do have very vague plans to make a modular version at some point... Finishing the main features here comes first though!

Nice, that's awesome! Good Luck :)

...ok guess i now dont have any excuses to work on a game

and i think this is a pretty damn great tool

hi, this looks really neat! do you have any plans to make this open source, considering all the previous iterations have been so?

No current plans for open sourcing, maybe once all the features are in? It would take some tidying and a LOT of commenting...

Great took... I think... I don't understand stuff like thi

Just to let you know that app works fine on my Catalina iMac after moving to applications and then running.


any plans with linux?

No current linux plans, I don't have a linux box any more for testing, and the HTML5 version hopefully covers anyone who does want to use it there!

Is there any chance of this having MIDI input at some point?

No plans for MIDI input in this version, but hopes of a VST version in the future!



Great tool !  Randomize is a lot of fun.

I really love this tool.
Suggestion: add more generators (footsteps) and add reverb effect

this looks really cool, but every time I try to open it, it closes immediately. when i went to package contents and opened the executable, the error is:  Could not load module lime@lime_application_create__prime logout

i'm a mac user. I'm on High Sierra 10.13.6 if that helps

Oops! As I said in the reply below, I messed up on the codesigning, but I think I've fixed it, so have another try with the latest version! Thanks for letting me know!

This looks great! I can't seem to get it to launch on Mac, though. It opens and then crashes a half-second later. If I open the package contents and run the executable in there, the error I get is"Error: Could not load module lime@lime_application_create__prime"

I'm on Catalina 10.15.7 on a Macbook Air, if that helps.

Ah sorry about that, looks like my codesigning was slightly off, I'm pretty sure I got it right this time around, so have another try with the latest version that went up a few minutes ago!

Working now, thanks! Awesome tool.

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