ALM Sid Guts Puts C64 Sound Into A Eurorack Module

alm-sid-guts-moduleALM has introduced the Sid Guts – a new Eurorack module basd on the sound generator chip used in the Commodore 64.

The MOS Technology 6581/8580 ‘Sound Interface Device’ chip, aka the ‘SID’, was the sound generator chip used in the Commodore 64 home computer. The SID, by the means of 3 wavetable oscillators, a real analogue multi mode filter, an ADSR and various cross modulation options, provided the soundtrack to a generation of computer gaming.

The Sid Guts takes the legendary SID chip and tailors it into the Eurorack modular environment. By use of a real SID chip, the classic sound is taken in a new direction with the levels of direct and voltage control only a modular system can offer.

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30 Years of MIDI: The Commodore 64 Meets The iPad

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At the 2013 NAMM Show, the MIDI Manufacturers Association is celebrating the 30th anniversary of MIDI by showcasing MIDI devices from the last 30 years.

in this video, Danielle of the MIDI Manufacturer’s Associates demonstrates how devices separated by 30 years of technological development can communicate because of their common support of MIDI.

The Commodore 64 is running the rare Sequential Circuits Music Sequencer, which is a hardware-based add-on that also adds MIDI IN & Out. The iPad is running Animoog, and connects to the C64 via an iRig MIDI interface.  Continue reading

MonoSynth Controller For Mssiah C64 Synth Cartridge

MonoSynth Controller for Mssiah is a free app for the iPad that lets you control Mssiah on the Commodore 64.

Mssiah is a MIDI cardridge for the C64 that lets you control the mono synthesizer component of Mssiah via a MIDI connection.

Features of MonoSynth Controller for Mssiah:

  • load/save patches
  • generate random patches
  • share your patches with your friends (itunes file sharing enabled)

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Free Commodore 64 Sample Library

Reader Tomislav Zlatic (Bedroom Producers Blog) sent word about another free Commodore 64 sample pack:

I’ve just released Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Part 2.

The pack features 14 multisampled instruments and one multi patch, with a total of 142 samples in 16-bit WAV format (download size is 79.4 MB).

Each instrument comes with Kontakt 5 and Shortcircuit 1 patches.

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Free Commodore 64 Drum Pack For Ableton Live

free Commodore 64 Live RackThis week, AfroDJMac sent word of a free Commodore 64 Drum Rack for Ableton Live users:

I writing with word of my 51st free weekly Ableton Live AfroDJPack, a set of Commodore 64 drums.

The samples were provided by and have been racked up in drum racks that allow for some wild and crazy mangling. Awesome 8-bit SID action!

You can preview the free Commodore 64 Drum Rack below.

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Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions (Free Sample Pack)

BPB’s Tomislav Zlatic has released a free sample library, Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions, that features classic C64 sounds:

I’ve released the first part of what will be the “Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions” free sample pack series. The sounds were created in the MSSIAH Mono Synthesizer running on my Commodore 64 with the SID 8580 chip installed. All samples are recorded and kept 100% dry for maximum authenticity.

The goal is to capture famous SID sounds, as well as some classic synth sounds you wouldn’t expect to hear coming from a Commodore 64. The first pack includes two classic lead sounds and one called Rainy Metropolis, inspired by Yamaha CS-80 sounds used by Vangelis in the Blade Runner opening sequence.

You can preview the Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions sample pack below.

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New Synth For Windows Based On Commodore 64, basic 65

Commodore 64 synth for Windows, basic65

de la Mancha has released basic 65, a monophonic synth, inspired by the Commodore 64 and its legendary SID chip:

Building on the waveforms and signal path of this famous chip, basic 65 adds further features and options to take things a step further.

The double arpeggiator allows complex versions of that retro 8-bit game sound and the modulation options inspire experimentation via the mod envelope and 2 comprehensive LFOs. Pulse width modulation, ring modulation and oscillator detune/sync are key ingredients in the signature sound. Throw in some pitch drift, bit drift, a sprinkle of dirt and randomisation and you have a wide range of lofi, chiptune, retro-tastic sounds at your disposal.

This version is the update to the popular basic 64, redesigned from scratch, with many improvements, new features and all new presets. basic 65 was co-developed with sink, who also made the amazing presets.

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