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PC Engine/ TurboGrafx16
token - hes

points - Chipist

file types - .vgm .hes

max filesize - 10mb
  1. Tools
  2. Playback
The PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 was a home video game console released in 1987 for Japan and 1989 in North America respectively.

Sound is delivered through six 5-bit wavetable channels programed via the HuC6280A cpu. The 5th and 6th channel have noise generation capabilities. Also, the 2nd channel has an optional "LFO" function which can frequency modulate channel 1.

Software could stream sampled sound into any of the 6 channels with digital to analog conversion. Channels could also be combined for a higher 8, 9, or 10 bit PCM sample playback.


MML Compilers

GUI / Tracker
DefleMask Tracker


When playing back VGM exports (from Deflemask), most VGM music players will do. The most common VGM playback programs are foobar2000 with foo_gep
or the VGM playback software in_vgm with VGMplay

It is known that foo_gep's PCE playback routine is bugged, and is NOT recommended for playback. The suggested software for playing back .hes files is audio overload
(of all things).

Want to listen music ripped from the console’s games? check out the ripped chiptune repository!;

- Complete list of ripped chiptunes repositories

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