Make 8-Bit Nintendo Sounds with an 8-Bit Sound Effect Generator

Oct 22, 2010 - 2 Comments

8 bit sound effects Want to generate some 8-bit Nintendo style sounds? Maybe you need sound effects for an iPhone game you’re working on, a song you’re making, or you just want to have some good old 8-bit nostalgia.

Cfxr, which is short for… well I have no idea, is a fun app that makes and endless amount of 8 bit sounds instantly. You can completely adjust sounds, or just click the ‘random’ button and it will make and play a randomly generated sound effect for you.

As you can see in the screenshot below, there are a few pre-determined styles of sounds that fit your classic 8-bit gaming needs: Pickup/coin, Laser/shoot, Explosion, Powerup, hit/hurt, Jump, Blip/select, and Random. You can then use the sliders to adjust all aspects of the sound effects and then export the files in either 16 or 8 bit audio as a wav file so you can use them later.

8 bit sound generator

You can grab the Mac version of Cfxr here, it’s a free download.

If you want to generate some Nintendo style sound effects in Windows, or you don’t want to grab the Mac download, there’s a Flash version available here that has basically the same interface and functionality, and also allows you to export your sound effects as .wav files.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Development, Fun


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  1. Victoria says:

    Sounds are good

  2. Dan says:

    Paul, Cfxr is short for “Cocoa sfxr”, which is a port of DrPetter’s original sfxr. ;-)

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