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.ay File Extension

Developer: N/A
File type: Chiptune File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .ay. Files with the file extension .ay can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .ay files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .ay file?

The AY file extension is a data format associated to General Instruments AY series sound chip. The AY files contain a "chiptune," that produces a sound format that enables the sound card chip to create sounds in real time. They were used by older computer games such as Amstrad CPC (Colour Personal Computer) games, Spectrum ZX games and Atari ST games. They are composed of blocks of compiled Zilog Z80 microprocessor code joined to a header. They are used to store information such as credits, titles, and copyright details. One AY file can contain multiple tunes despite its 8kb per file size. They can be loaded back using a program that emulates the AY sound chip or AY emulator. Files in AY format can be opened with Audio Overload, Ay_Emul, and Micro Speccy in Mac Os, Microsoft Windows based systems and Linux platforms. These files also used the YM file extension.

how to open a .ay file?

Launch a .ay file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .ay file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .ay files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ay file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ay file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ay file association errors

applications that open a .ay file

Audio Overload

Audio Overload

Audio Overload is a sound and music emulator software that emulates the sound hardware of old consoles and computers which lets the user listen to a rendition of classic video games music, making it sound complete and authentic. It features transparent decompression of 7ZIP, GZIP, LHA, RAR, and ZIP archives, has an option for volume level normalization, has the functionality of the Export-to WAV and supports playback for thirty three various music formats.These file formats include. AHX for Commodore amiga, AY for Amstrad CPC, Spectrum ZX and Atari ST, COP for Sam Coupe, DSF for Sega Dreamcast, GBS for Nintendo Gameboy, GSF for Nintendo Gameboy Advance, GYM for Sega Megadrive and Genesis, HES for PC Engine, HVL for Commodore Amiga, IMF for PC-compatibles and various Apogee games, KSS for MSX, MDX for Sharp X68000, MOD for Commodore Amiga, NSF for Nintendo NES, NSFE for Nintendo NES, ORC for TRS-80 Orchestra-90, PSF for Sony PlayStation, PSF2 for Sony PlayStation II, QSF for Capcom QSound, RAW for PC-compatibles with an AdLib, ROL for PC-compatibles, AdLib Visual Composer, S3M for PC-compatibles with a GUS or SoundBlaster, S98 for NEC PC-98, SAP for Atari XL/XE, SCI for PC-compatibles and various Sierra games, SNDH - Atari ST, SPC for Super Nintendo, SPU for Sony Playstation, SSF for Sega Saturn, VGM for Sega Master System/Game Gear, VTX for Spectrum Vortex Tracker, WSR for Bandai WonderSwan/Wonderswan Color and YM for Amstrad CPC/Spectrum ZX/Atari ST.


Designed for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP program, Ay emulator is designed for playing music for AY-3-8912 sound chip or its analogs like the AY-3-8910 and YM2149F. The emulator emulates these sound chips and it does not require sound chips. It can also play audio tracks from CDs and MIDI files. It supports playlist files from Winamp and CUE-sheets for sound streams. The AYL contains full information about each item. Distributed in two kinds at one time, AY Emulator can be distributed as file archive with compiled Ay_Emul.exe and as file archive with AY Emulator source code. It is used as tool for working with AY and YM data files. It has the ability to convert modules to WAV, ZXAY, VTX, YM6 or PSG file formats, and play digital sound that is stored in OUT, ZXAY, EPSG, AY or AYM files. It also support beeper music in AY and AYM formats and play all special effects used by Atari ST musicians which are stored in YM2, YM5 and YM6 file formats. All emulator source codes are available to make plug-ins or port for other operational systems or platform. There us an available Ay_Emul port for Linux and plug-in for XMMS player. Ay_Emul can be compiled for Linux, but it is a very limited version of the player.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ay files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .ay. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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