SFX and Music

Brand new to PICO-8? Start here:

If you are new to the Sound and Music of PICO-8, then we suggest you go to the "Getting Started" Tutorial on this page.

The tutorials are created without an exact order in mind, to make it easier to jump in anywhere and try it out.

So jump in, have fun, get creative, and feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions:


These tutorials were made in collaboration with Gruber Music.


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PICO-8 SFX and Music

  • Introduction

  • Coming Soon

      Effect 2 - The Vibrato

      Effect 3 - The Drop

      Effect 4 & 5 - The Fades

      Effect 6 & 7 - The Arps

      How to Create a Drum Beat

      How to Create a Bass Line

      Creating Sub Tones

      Echo Effects 1-2

      What is Meter?

      Creating Melodic Motion 1-3

      Pentatonic Scale

      Pentatonic Scale 1-3

      Compositional Form 1-2

      Flow Tips and Tricks

      Instrument Editor 1-2

      Composing Music from Scratch 1-2

      Music of Slipways the Game

      Horror Ambience

      Tips for Developing Compositions

      Using Sequences to Create SFX