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  1. Overview
  2. Compared to Trackers
  3. Links
  4. See also
FamiStudio is a digital audio workstation developed by BleuBleu for the NES soundchip and its expansions. Its design is geared towards making composition user-friendly.


Famistudio is a unique editor, as it tries to mimic the format of other, more mainstream DAWs -- think less Renoise and Sunvox, more FL Studio and pxtone. As such, the primary way of inputing notes in FamiStudio is via the piano roll method, either drawn onto the roll via the mouse or inputted via MIDI support.

The right panel is home to the song settings. The capabilities of FamiStudio are quite nearly on par with Famitracker 0.4.6's. Not only does that include having full support of the base 2A03 chip, but support for the following expansion chips as well:
  • Konami VRC6 and VRC7
  • Namco 163
  • Nintendo FDS and MMC5 (latter lacking PCM channels)
  • Sunsoft 5B (basic as of 2.2.1)

It also exports into a wide gamut of formats, such as:
  • Wave audio (.wav)
  • NSF format file (.nsf)
  • NES rom image (.nes) - as of 2.2.x, it utilizes a custom sound engine to play music.
  • FDS disk image (.fds)
  • FamiStudio- and Famitracker-formatted text file (.txt)
  • FamiTone 2 music and sfx assembly code (.asm)

Compared to Trackers

To most BotBr's, tracking music is the general way to go in terms of composing entries for battles, and in all some cases, this general belief stands true. However, FamiStudio has a few general advantages over Famitracker, as well as a few shortcomings, making it a unique way of doing NSF entries.

  • The most obvious advantage is the more mainstream setup. Most n00bs with experience in general music production will naturally be more accustomed to the piano roll setup of DAWs such as Ableton, FL Studio, and Cubase. By starting with FamiStudio, it eliminates the need to learn how to track and focuses time on learning the limitations of the 2A03 soundchip.
  • As of 2.1.0, FamiStudio has added native support for Linux, making it a viable alternative to coupling FamiTracker and Wine together, as well as the biggest native competitor, Deflemask. Before then, it supported macOS since 1.2.0.
  • It can act as a transitionary device from DAWs to trackers, as it both exports FamiStudio and Famitracker text modules.

  • As mentioned before, support for some chips are lacking, especially the S5B. It's stated on the website that it's "just enough to play Gimmick!", with support for macros and noise still in development.
  • FamiStudio has very limited support for Famitracker effect commands. A full list of such supported effects as of 2.1.0 can be found here:

FamiStudio Homepage
, where the download and documentation are stored.

See also

nsf (format)
nsf_classic (format)
DefleMask Tracker
I Am New To NSF