Showing posts with label C64. Show all posts
Showing posts with label C64. Show all posts

Monday, July 01, 2024

Walkabout at the Synthesized event, Cambridge

video upload by MIDI IN

"I wasn't able to do the usual musical Sunday video this week, I was at the Synthesized event at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.
Tony the organiser had caught everyone for interviews which will be on the museum's own channel here: (link when available)
So I just picked a quiet moment for a walkabout to show the variety of musical technology on display."

Also see Synthesized Festival 2023 - Cambridge Centre For Computing History & Making Drums For Modular Synth

Monday, June 17, 2024

Elektron SID Station SN F10100780-81

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via this listing

"This VERY RARE Sid Station MOS 6581 Synth by Elektron is a unique synthesizer with a rich history. The device was originally designed as a tribute to the sound chip of the Commodore 64, the MOS 6581 SID. It has since evolved into a powerful stand-alone synthesizer with a distinct sound. Unit is in near-mint cosmetic condition and I’ve pointed out any scratches in the photos. Sounds and works perfectly.

Featuring a variety of functions and controls, this synthesizer is perfect for musicians and producers looking to create authentic vintage C64 sounds. Whether you're using it in a studio or live performance setting, the Sid Station MOS 6581 Synthesis by Elektron is as authentic as it gets.

The sound of SidStation is, of course, very similar to that of the original Commodore 64. The SID chip is well known for being noisy. By design, the oscillators never stop outputting signal—even while not in use. It's this flaw, however, that is part of the character and sound of the SID chip. Tuning stability on this unit’s particular chip is the best I’ve ever heard.

The SidStation is capable of producing all the waveforms of the C64, Triangle, Saw, Pulse, Mix (which is a mix between Saw and Pulse) and variable Noise. Besides this is the synth, a 4-part LFO-modulation system which can be used with Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass and various combinations of these filters (including a Notchfilter). All of these are controllable by the four knobs on top of the SidStation."

Friday, April 05, 2024

Let's Make 80s Computers Talk | 1980s Commodore Speech Synthesizer

video upload by Kari

"Today, I take a non-technical look at a couple of speech synthesisers from my collection on my C64 from the 80s. Specifically, the Commodore Magic Voice and Currah Speech 64."

You can find additional posts featuring the Currah speech synthesis here.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Sequential Circuits Model 64 Sequencer for the Commodore 64 w/ Original Box

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Thursday, January 04, 2024

Twisted Electrons TherapSID MK1 SID MIDI Synth w/ Commodore 5.25 Utlity Disk

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"This listing is for an original mint condition Twisted Electrons TherapSID MK1. This powerful desktop synthesizer features all the stock features of the TherapSID, along with upgrade version of the Commodore 6581 SID compatible Nobomi ARMSID chip installed, which capable of producing all the classic SID mesmerizing sounds, without all the background noise of the Commodore 6581/6582/8580 SID chips.

This MIDI synthesizer comes with knobs for easy manipulation and offers a unique sonic experience that will take your music production to the next level. From France-based brand Twisted Electrons, this synthesizer is perfect for both professional audio equipment and musical instrument enthusiasts.

Whether you're a seasoned musician or a beginner, this particular TherapSID MK1 is an excellent addition to your musical toolkit. Explore the endless possibilities of sound creation with this upgraded, state-of-the-art, tactile synthesizer module.

Features include:

5-pin MIDI input
1/4 audio input/output jacks
Nobomi ARMSID upgrade installed, Commodore 5.25 utlity disk and instruction sheet included"

Friday, December 29, 2023

Endless Sands ( Commodore 64 & Sid Factory II )

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Hi here is a SiD track I made using Sid Factory II.

listen to this on Deepsid

download the sid from drop box

Learn about Sid Factory II

Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Introducing Chipsynth C64

video uploads by Plogue Art et Technologie, Inc.


1. Introducing chipsynth C64 - "great overview of OPS7 from @tssf"
2. chipsynth C64 launch demo (PAL C64C capture)
"The great chipsynth C64 launch demo from 4mat!
Running on an ACTUAL PAL C64 and captured using a RetroTINK 2X-Pro and generic HDMI capture for video. Audio was captured using our reference M-Audio M-Track then manually resynched.

Code and Music: 4Mat
Graphics and concept: 4Mat and Plogue.
The actauly binary is shipped with the product, but should (and can) be spread outside no worry!
3. Exhausted dev noodles with the "EMU" tab in chipsynth C64.
As is now customary each time we release something, an exhausted David tries to show some of the product's feature candidly and without filter (pun indented)
Emulating the SID the HARD way.

video upload by plgDavid

"emulation SID 6581 8580
chipresearch episode 0x08

00:00 Intro
01:04 What's a SID?
01:56 "Fake SIDs" and sidbench
02:46 Reading OSC3/ENV3 registers
04:11 "Old" bank: Monitoring filter capacitor voltages
04:31 "New" bank: gigabytes of DC recordings per chip
06:20 Listening test preliminaries
07:23 Advanced SID Engine issues
08:11 QA Song Choice
10:21 The "Unicorn" R1
10:45 MDFourier C64 edition

Get chipsynth C64 here {SOON}

Listening test songs are a mix and match of PAL and NTSC speeds we know.
(our emulation can do both)

Tracks used:
chipsynth C64 - 4Mat.
From the official old-school C64 "chipsynth C64" demo from 4Mat"


"The new reference for SID emulation

FASTLOAD chipsynth C64 into your music software and RUN the biggest, baddest sound of the 8-bit generation!

Put a tantalizing cascade of thick pulse width modulation, smashing digital drums, soaring arpeggios, and unidentifiable twerky groaning warbly dins under your giddy fingertips.

Skip over the need for obscure tools full of big columns of hexadecimal numbers, and instead load up your favorite music software with the easiest way to get the C64 sound. A vast preset library will fill your heart with an infinite tessellation of big tones that twist and turn and tumble.

Want to make patches with deep, unusual modulations hitting any parameter you can think of? Perhaps you want to modulate pulse width at audio rate? Do it all using our intuitive chipsynth graphical modulation system, which lets you do all of this without needing an engineering degree and easily join the culture of extremely animated sounds found in SID music!


Plogue chipsynth C64 brings forward the deepest SID sound chip emulation ever. The fruit of years of laborious research, it bears our legendary desire for emulation perfection. Real chips in the field vary wildly in sound - every slight deviation in silicon composition radically changes the character of the filter - and we went all out on capturing this.

We reproduced no less than 32 different SID chips in excruciating detail, covering the full rainbow spectrum of SIDs: every revision of 6581 and 8580 from R1 to R5, every tone from warm to bright to clean to distorted and gnarly.

This is a full, REAL emulator that can actually play original songs natively and accurately, with a full-featured SID file player capable of playing even exotic songs with multiple-SID setups, sample playback and hard filter overdrive.

They said it was all bleep bloops. But it's GOOD bleep and bloops! And we couldn’t be happier. And, as always, no samples are used, it's all true emulation!"

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Song Made On A 1984 "Portable" Computer - Commodore SX64 Dual Sid Chip

video upload by LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"This song was made on MSSIAH on the SX64. Dual Sid chips
Download the song .WAV and .MP£ here :-
Here is a Video about the computer :-" How Portable Is The 1983 Commodore SX64???

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

How Portable Is The 1983 Commodore SX64???

video upload by LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"Today we see how portable the 1983 Commodore SX64 portable computer actually is! and make some music on it!!! if you'd like to see more videos on this project/livestreams and Download :-"

Saturday, October 21, 2023


video upload by Retrozentrum

"Prepare for the future!

Dive into the futuristic soundscape of the HEXAGON, a Synthesizer powered by the unparalleled Commodore 64 SID Soundchip from MOS Technology!

From the smooth Triangle tones, the edgy buzz of a Sawtooth wave, to the unique vibes of a Pulse wave and the wild randomness of noise - with HEXAGON Commodore is bringing you the tones of tomorrow! Experience 4 breathtaking waveforms each full of power and volume - But what is better than one oscillator? Right - Another one! Just one switch away and you are able to play two notes with one key, no problemo! Or set both oscillators to the same pitch and feel the power of two voices combined! We bet you won't ever release a key to make this beast playing music forever!

Tailor every note to perfection! With full control over the tones even out of space-time, you are ready for the future! Be able to adjust Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release to craft sounds that are beyond this world. Even make your notes slide and sway and dive into sonic realms with a chaos generating Pitch Modulator...And by chaos we mean absolute madness. This thing is a demon in creating mental sounds! But hold on - Of course you can also create wonderful chords with it - We won't let you down, no matter what type of noise you want to create!

But don't worry if you don't know anything about waveforms or Envelopes or Amplitudes or Giana Sisters or Bubble Bobble or Camel or Impossible Mission..The HEXAGON makes it so easy to make music and create noise but comes with a high quality soundchip that is state of the art! - The one and only SID! Normally it costs a lot of knowledge and practice to get yourself deeper into the great SID composing with a C64 but here is your solution!

Why just play when you can compose? With an ultimate capacity of 64 Kilobytes HEXAGON's innovative Step Sequencer powered by an onboard memory chip is there for you to let you arrange your very own future hits step-by-step and note-by-note. (Yes folks you heard it right, no floppy disks anymore, you are welcome)

HEXAGON - For $595, you get what nobody else can give you for twice the price! So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a HEXAGON!

powered by Commodore International and MOS Technology

...or at least inspired by it :)

Retro Gadgets is a game where you can build and code your own gadgets with several assets like LEDs, Buttons, Screens etc. Check out the Game on Steam Early Access!"

Monday, June 05, 2023

Midibox Sammich SID (Commodore 64 synthesizer)

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"Midibox Sammich SID (commodore 64 synth), comes with two authentic 8580 chips and I'll throw in an extra pair of SwinSID chips in case you want to try those. The ASID playback feature is especially fun!

All green LEDs light up and work. Bright OLED display"

Saturday, April 01, 2023

MSSIAH Bassline (C64 303)

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"I got a new C64c that looks like the other one!

this one is an 8580r5 made in 1990 so I finally got to hear MSSIAH bassline as intended.

the M8 is sending clock to the c64 over midi. Omx-27 is in M8 mode to mute / solo the drum tracks on the M8.

The box with pots I built. Basically it is just 4 pots (think I used half the value off the actual paddle pots as like half the range did nothing with actual paddles)

and a toggle switch because cynthcarts filter is backwards.

took many years of collecting things and building things and study to make this 60 second video. hopefully someone enjoys it."

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

COMMODORE C64 with C-LAB SuperTrack (Sequencer & MIDI Interface) (1985)

video upload by Synthesizer Home

Sunday, March 19, 2023

ASID player using real C64 (Ode to 64 by Søren Lund) Station64

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"This is not my music. Though this video needs to be on the internet.

lot of this stuff is so niche or lost it just doesn't exist on youtube. it's not really what I usually do on this channel but if not me who else is going to do it.

So what's going on here. The Software on the Laptop is from Elektron's download page for the SID station. it is an ASID player. Basically you load a sid file into it and it sends that data via midi cables (not midi protocol)

so the Sidstation..Midibox sid. (I think Hardsid) can support ASID. probably others. DJ Indikator wanted a way for a real commodore 64 to be compatible with ASID so in recent years they made Station64 which is a full midi native c64 software but it amazing supports ASID.

The Elektron software doesn't know what it is sending to. So the c64 is playing it on its 6581r4ar into my mixer. into the little M8 tracker which is being an audio interface for my phone so this video has direct audio.

I was so happy to get this working. had to share. Also more people that hear Ode to 64 the better."

Monday, March 13, 2023


video upload by Polykit

"I've been playing around with a Commodore VIC-20 from the early 80s and a MIDI interface card. I decided to program a simple 16-step sequencer in BASIC - because there is none.

The BASIC source code can be found on my GitHub site:"

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Creepin' around

video upload by MIDI IN

"A creepy tune for a dark and cold January Sunday evening.

As you can see, I've worked within 6 channels with MIDISID as an external instrument so that all of the audio can be captured from the back of MIDISID in one take.

I sat down last night with no ideas but after a little messing around we were almost at this stage. A little more tweaking today."

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

BPB 64 - FREE Commodore 64 Virtual Instrument

video upload by Bedroom Producers Blog

"BPB 64 is a freeware virtual instrument by Bedroom Producers Blog. It uses multi-samples to recreate the sound of the Commodore 64 home computer.

BPB 64 includes 30 presets, covering bass sounds, pads, leads, and the inevitable fast-paced arpeggios that make the SID chip so legendary. All sounds were captured raw, directly from the SID chip, so you're getting the same infamous grit and lo-fi crunch that you'd get if you hooked up a C64 directly to your audio interface."

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Best Ambient Synth Shootout #128: SammichSID - Song 1

video upload by Christian's Sonic Spaces

"This is the first song with the SammichSID. It was designed to be a streamlined, compact version of the MIDIbox SID synthesizer DIY kit. Designed around two SID chips, it is two-voice multitimbral with a total of six oscillators.

I used for the recording the following FX chain:
SammichSID - Zoom MS-70CDR - Pigtronix Echolution 2 Deluxe - GFI System Specular Reverb 2. Depending on the recorded track some FX are deactivated

The signal went through a Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 into the PC via USB for recording. To create the complete song I recorded consecutively several stereo tracks. The final song was then mastered with a bit EQ and compression on some tracks and some limiting on the master track."

Monday, April 04, 2022

Commodore 64 + Cynthcart + Kerberos ( 6581 pure audio no talking )

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Pure audio of the 6581R4AR Sid Chip.

This commodore 64 is being controlled via Midi using a Kerberos cartridge and Cynthcart 2.0 software.

The midi controller is an omx-27 running impbox firmware, it is sending CC to cynthcart to control filter etc.

Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

Monday, March 21, 2022

Out of Order ( M8 & C64 & OMX-27 )

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Some sounds from the past with help from the future.

This track, I wanted to make my own breakbeat from scratch and resample it, stretch it etc to make it sound old and brutal. I also sampled some pinball sounds, slowed down pinball flippers etc, lot of sample manipulation going on with the M8. The weird arps and stuff are mostly from the M8, couple from the c64. I sampled the c64 into the m8.

Hope you enjoy the artistic flair of the video for some old school aesthetic.

Gear used.
Dirtywave M8
Commodore 64c with a 6581r4ar sid chip.
Kerberos midi cart
Cynthcart c64 software.
Sony 9045qm PVM

Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

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