Free Soundfont: “Asphyxiation Synth”

This is one of the very first soundfonts I ever made, a chaotic sound that’s both musical and dynamic. I don’t remember how I made this, but it turning out as well as it did was a complete surprise; until I had finished this sound, everything I worked on ended up sounding horrible. I had begun to doubt that soundfonts were worth the time and effort that goes into them—after all, while having my own completely unique instruments was always an appealing concept, it does take a lot of trial and error to find something that “works.” Once I had stumbled (for lack of a better word) onto this sound, however, I was hooked.

Since this is an older soundfont that was made before I started looping the samples, the sound cuts out if you play one note too long. However, the amount of time you’d have to hold down a note before it cuts out is so long that you’ll most likely never encounter it.

As with all my soundfonts, Asphyxiation Synth is a single instrument to cut down on the file size and ensure that it’s as easy to run as possible. The fact that I don’t loop my samples means that it’s a little larger than other soundfonts I’ve made (it’s 20 MB), but it’s totally worth it.

Download “Asphyxiation Synth”

Just click the above link. If that doesn’t work for whatever reason, try right-clicking and hitting “save link as,” or something like that. Different browsers say different things since they’re made by raging loners, but I trust you to figure it out.

Why call it Asphyxiation Synth?

I don’t really remember why I named it that, actually. I think it was so overwhelmingly big-sounding that I figured it would overwhelm and suffocate everything in a mix. Also, I wanted it to be at the top of my soundfont list, so it had to be something that started with the letter A.

If I could go back in time and rename it, I’d probably name it something like “8-bit Genocide” or something because it sounds like a million old game consoles’ lives being brutally extinguished as they cry out in bleepy-bloopy agony and whatnot.

What you can do with it

I suppose this would normally be called “license” or something, but I’m not a big believer in official-sounding stuff. Okay, here are the rules:

I HEREBY GRANT YOU THE RIGHT TO USE ASPHYXIATION SYNTH FOR THE PURPOSES OF MUSIC, RIDES ON THE MAGIC SCHOOLBUS, AND PRETTY MUCH ANY OTHER REASONABLE USE A REASONABLE PERSON COULD THINK OF. IF YOU’RE A SCHEMING, CONNING DOUCHEBAG, HOWEVER, YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO USE IT BECAUSE I SAID SO. THAT BASICALLY MEANS NO CHARGING FOR IT, THOUGH IF YOU WANT TO PRETEND THAT YOU CREATED IT IN ORDER TO GET A BETTER SEAT ON THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS, KNOCK YOURSELF OUT. ALSO, IF YOU WANT TO SPREAD ASPHYXIATION SYNTH AROUND TO SHARE SUFFOCATING SOUND ‘ROUND THE WORLD, IT’D BE NICE IF YOU LINKED YOUR BUDDIES TO THIS PAGE. I SUPPOSE YOU COULD JUST COPY THE FILE AND GIVE IT TO A FRIEND, BUT LINKS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED.

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