What is this place?
Lapfox Archive is a collective effort to provide a centralized location to download rare and discontinued music by electronic artist Emma Essex. It is not specific to the Lapfox Trax label. If there's a high-quality or rare file that is no longer on Bandcamp or Patreon, we aim to host it here. We do not offer content that is still available for sale, though we do occasionally have older or alternate versions of current albums.
Can I use any of this content in my own projects?
Feel free to use anything you download however you wish, aside from selling it. If you're unsure, contact Emma.
There are multiple download buttons! Which should I pick?
If there are multiple formats available for an album, the top option is the smallest file size. We recommend downloading this unless you know what you're doing; most people won't notice a large difference between the different formats.
Why do some albums have check marks on the home page?
The check marks indicate that the album has a FLAC version available. That is, we have the best quality audio version of it to possibly exist. For more information on FLAC, see the "What is FLAC?" section below.

All albums with a FLAC download will also have multiple MP3 formats. For more information on which you should choose, see the above question.
What's up with the "EDIT FILTER" button on the home page?
We're working on that feature. The button doesn't do anything for now.
How can I submit music or corrections? What if my question wasn't covered?
While we don't offer an automated process for this, you can head over to the CONTACT page and send us a message.

We fully admit that we're not great at keeping things up-to-date, but that doesn't mean we won't read what you send us.

(...eventually, at least.)
What is FLAC?
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is a 'perfect' audio format. Most common formats (such as MP3) have slightly degraded audio quality compared to what the original artist created. In contrast, FLAC will not change the original audio, though it results in a much larger file size. Because the audio is loss-less, it can be used to create other 'lossy' files. It is usually only used by people with expensive audio equipment, or audio archivists.
What are the different versions of MP3? Which is best?
There are two main types of MP3s: constant and variable bitrate. On this site, a plain number indicates constant bitrate, and a 'V' indicates variable bitrate.

Constant bitrate (CBR) MP3s use one bitrate (the amount of data used to store audio, measured in kilobits per second) setting throughout the entire song. The higher the bitrate, the larger the file, and the higher the audio quality. 320 kbps is generally the highest available bitrate, and 128 kbps is the lowest commonly used for music.

Variable bitrate (VBR) MP3s increase bitrate in complicated areas of the song, and decrease the bitrate in drawn out or calmer areas. The quality of the audio is determined approximately by the average bitrate of the file, with 'V0' being the highest quality, and 'V9' being the lowest. V0 MP3s are generally around the same quality as CBR 320 ones, but are only ¾ of the size.

In general, we find V0 to be the most popular balance between audio quality and file size among enthusiasts. However, the difference between MP3 types is often very small and many people simply cannot tell them apart. If you're looking to download an album in something other than the smallest format available, we suggest trying several different versions of an album you're familiar with and listening for yourself.
Is there a way to see when updates are made to the site and its content?
While a changelog is a planned feature, we do not currently offer a way to check for new content.

The site was last updated 2023-12-08.
Who made this site?
Lapfox Archive was developed and is hosted by Ana and Mike. Most of the art is by Emma and other artists.