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sgen (format)

Sega Genesis/MegaDrive

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Music made for the Yamaha YM2612 + SN76489 chips, featured in the Sega Genesis.
Submission should be able to play back on real hardware (or in an emulator)!
  1. Tools
  2. Accepted file format
  3. Playback (for voting)
  4. See Also
The Sega Genesis, also known as the Megadrive over in Europe and Japan, was a very popular 16-bit console, designed to compete with Nintendo. It has two primary sound chips: the Yamaha YM2612 and the Texas Instruments SN76489.

The YM2612 has 6 channels: 5 FM channels and 1 FM/DAC channel. Also has hardpanned stereo.

The SN76489 has 4 channels: 3 square channels and 1 noise channel.

It is worth noting that the Sega Master System also had the TI SN76489. It was used in the Genesis for backwards compatibility with the SMS, and it can be used in conjunction with the YM2612.


* Shiru's Stuff
home of VGM Music Maker, a Windows-based tracker for composing .VGM files.

* DefleMask Tracker, a tracker that handles several chip formats, including Sega Genesis / Mega Drive.

* Genny VST
, a plugin for your DAW of choice that can log to .VGM similarly to C700 VST for SNES. Great option for those who don't want to touch a tracker. Notably, Genny has a special FL Studio version that can utilize slide notes and other FL-specific functions, just like FL's native plugins can. Here is a full lyceum guide on using Genny: Genny VST

Accepted file format

Both this entry format and the SMS entry format share the .VGM file format.

Playback (for voting)

- a winamp plugin for playback

For playback on actual hardware, there are VGM_PLAY
from DeadFish Shitware as well as the XGM Player in SGDK

See Also

VGM Players
- a list on vgmrips!