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The OPL Archive is a tribute to music written for the Yamaha OPL series sound chips, primarily the OPL2 and OPL3. Commonly used on early DOS-based PCs via the AdLib Music Synthesizer Card, Sound Blaster series, and other compatible sound cards, they made FM synthesis available to the masses. A wide range of music was written to take advantage of these chips. However, that music is spread across dozens of different file formats with varying accessibility and documentation. This project intends to bring all that music together in one place, in one unified file format, to give that music the recognition it deserves.

The files on this site are direct logs of playback in the VGM format, allowing preservation of the songs in their original hardware format. The primary way to play them is using VGMPlay or the in_vgm Winamp/XMPlay plugin, both of which are available on VGMRips, here. For a more exhaustive list of players, including software to play them back on your real retro PC with OPL2/OPL3 chip, check out this page.

Thanks to the magic of modern web technology, you can now click on any song to play it right in your browser! If you want to download the original VGM file, just click the disk
icon.

Note that this isn't a "game music" site, so to speak - you won't find actual DOS game soundtracks here. Ripping soundtracks to VGM is a mission is already being accomplished by the aforementioned VGMRips project. I am working everything else-- from the demoscene, original compositions in trackers, covers, and the likes.

This archive is a perpetual work in progress. I am welcoming of submissions of any old files I might not have, or your new creations! Let's make the OPL series shine brighter than ever!
2022-10-28: After 8 years, the site has been completely redesigned from scratch - and it even finally matches the DOS aethetic :) The goal of this redesign is to be able to provide more information than the basic "file browser" display from the old version, and make the site more friendly to the average chiptune enjoyer. That means there's finally browser-based playback!!! It's a bit fidgety at times but it works well enough to have a quick listen. You can still download the VGMs, of course. Speaking of VGMs, I've done a once-over on all of them to clean up the tags and add more information - and a number of files with unknown authors have been identified! There are tons of NEW files as well - I'd been lazy and holding them off for this rewrite for a few YEARS at this point!



cabbage drop

Candela
Originals

Covers

Chris Korte (aka: CHaK, Chris 6%)
Originals

Covers


GAZETE (aka: 영달정 / Yeong Dal-jeong)

Goopal (aka: 권구희 / Kwon Goo-Hee, 98)

gotoandplay


L2CLUB
Originals

Covers

Lint Huffer
Covers

LVintageNerd


Phandral

pigdevil2010

plus
Originals

Covers

Purple Motion
Covers


TennesseeFields

tennisers

TheDuccinator

Tobikomi
Originals

Covers
[[ U ]]
Undine


Undine
[[ Y ]]
Yehar / Ygor / Yuzu


Yehar
Originals

Covers

Ygor
Covers

Yuzu
Covers
[[ Z ]]
Zalza / Zero / zzo38


Zalza
Covers

zzo38
[[ ??? - Unknown Authors ]]
I have no idea who made these. Many of these hail from the days of MS-DOS and 8.3 filenames, and if the author didn't put any data in the file itself, I don't have much to go on. Some files originate from countries whose languages I don't speak. And, in some cases, may not even know if the song is a cover or not due to my own lack of musical knowledge. I've titled them to the best of my knowledge, but please, if you have more info, contact me!