Sound comparison

Do the different SID revisions sound different? Let's find out.
Here are five well know songs which have been played by different SID types and emulation. Listen yourself if you get the difference.

Some MP3s are still missing in the table below. If you have the SID revision that is missing you are asked to download the SID tunes and play them through the missing SID. Please convert the sampled result to MP3 (2:00 / 128kbps) and send it to [me] so that I can upload it to this page for everyone.

The tunes

Tune 1:
The Great Giana Sisters
Chris Hülsbeck
1987 Time Warp
Click [here] to download the tune.

Tune 2:
Rolling
Carsten Berggreen (Scarzix)
1989 Scarzix
Click [here] to download the tune.

Tune 3:
X-Out
Michael Hendriks
1989 Rainbow Arts
Click [here] to download the tune.

Tune 4:
Katakis
Chris Hülsbeck
1988 Rainbow Arts
Click [here] to download the tune.

Tune 5:
R-type
Chris Hülsbeck & Ramiro Vaca
1988 Activision
Click [here] to download the tune.

The comparison chart

Each file's size is 1.876kBytes.

Tune 1 Tune 2 Tune 3 Tune 4 Tune 5
[reSid 6581] [reSid 6581] [reSid 6581] [reSid 6581] [reSid 6581]
[reSid 8580] [reSid 8580] [reSid 8580] [reSid 8580] [reSid 8580]
[SIDplay 6581] [SIDplay 6581] [SIDplay 6581] [SIDplay 6581] [SIDplay 6581]
[SIDplay 8580] [SIDplay 8580] [SIDplay 8580] [SIDplay 8580] [SIDplay 8580]
6581 R1 6581 R1 6581 R1 6581 R1 6581 R1
6581 R2 6581 R2 6581 R2 6581 R2 6581 R2
6581 R3 6581 R3 6581 R3 6581 R3 6581 R3
6581 R4 6581 R4 6581 R4 6581 R4 6581 R4
6581 R4 AR 6581 R4 AR 6581 R4 AR 6581 R4 AR 6581 R4 AR
6582 (A) 6582 (A) 6582 (A) 6582 (A) 6582 (A)
8580 R5 8580 R5 8580 R5 8580 R5 8580 R5
MosterSID MosterSID MosterSID MosterSID MosterSID

6581 VS 8580

Listening to the emulated SIDs you may wonder if 6581 and 8580 sound the same.
No, they don't at all! It's just the (bad) emulation that makes you think they did. Too bad, SID emulators only pay attention to the different waves of the SIDs (the 8550 has some more), but not the overall sound. Listen to some "real" SIDs to get the point:

[MP3 6581] (234kB)

[MP3 8580] (234kB)