SID Today

The popular SID sound lives on in different ways. Check out the most popular products that bring you even today the sound of the 80ies.

SID Station

The idea to make a real synthesizer with the SID chip took form at the Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg in 1997. The first prototype of the SidStation was made during a course in digital construction, and the basic configuration of the hardware was made. During 1998 the hardware layout was finished, an operating system developed and finally twelve null-series models of the SidStation were made for beta-testing. Meanwhile, the creators founded their own company Elektron ESI, supported by Chalmers University, and subsequently the SidStation was released with operating system 1.0. User Interface

The SidStation has 4 knobs, a rotary encoder, backlit LCD, alphanumeric keyboard with 16 keys and is - in a nearly square, roughly polished aluminium case - very light, weighing only slightly more than 1 kg. There are the status-LEDs for Sync, Midi, Edit and Compare. Very well placed, free of things of no use and with very practical ergonomics - even though the knobs are not an optimal choice, design-wise. Everything is edited via four arrow-keys and two exit- and enter-keys, all on the alphanumeric keyboard for direct value insertion. The big rotary encoder wheel is used for choosing the values roughly, the four smaller ones for direct control of four user-definable parameters.

The MIDI-implementation is everything you could ask for - all parameters are routed to a MIDI controller and can be directed from there. Individual patches and the entire soundbank can be sent and received over SysEx. Modulation

The SidStation has four LFO's, routable in many ways. They can modulate each other along with the modulation of other parameters. The waveforms triangle, pulse, saw, ramp, random and flat are available. Flat only sends out the maximum value. Of course, all waveforms can be inverted. On top of that, all values below zero can be inverted as well. The speed setting of the LFO corresponds with the setting of the arpeggiator.

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The HardSID Quattro PCI is the only SID card with MIDI support for Windows XP and Windows 2000 (will be followed by a single-chip HardSID PCI later).

The new PCI HardSID drivers are fully 32-bit WDM kernel-mode drivers. (Since the HardSID.DLL has been updated for use with the PCI cards, all of the existing software are still working, just like with the ISA cards) The HardSID Quattro PCI is NOT using any IRQs/DMAs, just like our popular ISA cards! So, there won't be any mess with IRQ/DMA configuration conflicts. The card works with any MIDI software just like Cubase, Cakewalk, Logic, Fruity Loops, etc... You simply select the HardSID MIDI Synth as the output MIDI port and the card is ready to rock even on Windows XP! Official drivers with serious MIDI capabilities are present for Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows 98 / Windows ME. (Unofficial drivers may appear for Linux and Mac later)

There are six connectors on the card. Five external stereo jack plugs and one internal CD-audio connector.

The internal connector:

The external stereo jacks:

The HardSID Quattro PCI is the ultimate solution for both MIDI musicians and C64 music addicts with its (up to) 12 voice SID sound and unlimitedly variable 6581/8580 support.

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reFX - QuadraSid

QuadraSID offers far more than a simple emulation of the SID chip: enriched with many new functions e.g. an arpeggiator, four LFOs, wavetables and an eightfold oversampling this software instrument offers unlimited sonic possibilities and surprises even the most experienced SID professional by its flexibility.

Each instance of QuadraSID loaded emulates four SID chips at the same time - of course with four separate stereo outputs and controllable by MIDI-controllers.

reFX lets the legend live on: QuadraSID produces the timeless and immortal sound of the SID chip for the eternity!

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Acid64 Sid Player

ACID 64 player is a Commodore 64 music player for Windows that can play SID tunes on sound cards with a real SID chip, like the [HardSID] card and the [Catweasel MK3 PCI/Flipper] card. It emulates the MOS 6510 micro processor to run the code of a SID tune and controls the SID chip (6581/8580) for playing Commodore 64 music.

This project started in 1995 with the [SidCard]. The SidCard is a hardware module with a real SID chip that can be connected to the parallel port. However, this hardware project is discontinued. The software written for this project is ported to Windows and supports now all the [HardSID] cards and the [Catweasel MK3 PCI/Flipper] card.

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