A demonstration of the WebSID, a synthesizer that runs inside your browser (Google Chrome or Safari 6+ required, though most mobile devices such as iPads are ready to go) that pays homage to the retro sounds of the SID chip, a.k.a. the audio module of the Commodore 64. The trademark pulse width modulated waves provide a testament to deep, heavy bass lines while playing chords on the top keyboard will result in the trademark arpeggiated lines so typically associated with old school video games. For further sound sculpting, a high res filter and echo have been added to turn the WebSID into a chaotic drone machine.
NOTE : the audio glitches in the video, but is a side effect of the screencast, no such glitches are present in the actual application.
You can play with the WebSID directly by following this link :
or get it as a (free) Chrome Web App so you can run it offline:
All sounds come from the Commodore 64 Stereo Synthesizer, containing two 6581-SID chips. External EQ, delay and reverb added. Built by Björn Engstrand and Robert Engstrand.
Build your own one here:
de la Mancha is continuing to put synths that were previously available for purchase online as free downloads. The latest is a monophonic synth, basic 65, inspired by the classic 80s home computer, 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. Here’s more details:
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.
- Monophonic synth in VST format for Windows based hosts
- 3 oscillators with pulse, saw, triangle and noise waveforms
- Pulse width can be modulated by envelope or both LFOs
- Each oscillator can be sync’d to another and/or ring modulated by another
- Each oscillator has its own ADSR envelope and can be routed to filter individually
- Resonant filter with low pass, high pass, band pass and notch modes
- 2 tempo-sync Arpeggiators in series for complex arp sounds
- Arp tempo, range and note length can be adjusted
- Modulation envelope can control pulse width and pitch of individual oscillators as well as filter and dirt
- 2 tempo-sync LFOs with wide range of waveforms, including random
- Both LFOs can control pulse width and pitch of individual oscillators
- One LFO also controls filter and dirt, the other can modulate the depth and speed of the first LFO
- Envelopes are non-linear and can be retriggered from zero or smoothed on each new note
- Pitch drift models instability with variable depth and frequency
- Options for 4, 6, 8, 12 or 16 bit audio with randomising feature
- Developed with SE 1.1, so no problems with multiple instances
- 128 presets by sink covering arps, leads, bass, drums and lofi sounds
Pricing and Availability:
basic65 VSTi for Windows used to be a payware plugin, but is now free to download. However, if you like and use any de la Mancha plugins, please consider donating to Cancer Research UK in order to help care for and find a cure for cancer sufferers.
Sing Along With Your Favorite Christmas Carols
Here’s a great way for you and your family to have fun with your Commodore 64™ or Commodore 128™ this Christmas. Our exciting Christmas Carols disk features 18 of your favorite holiday songs, with professionally-arranged music and entertaining graphics. For sing along fun, the lyrics appear in easy-to-read verse on your TV or monitor. Play just your favorite song or set your computer to play them all.
• Angels We Have Heard on High
• Deck the Hall
• O Come All Ye Faithful
• Away in a Manger
• The First Noel
• God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
• Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
• O Holy Night
• It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
• Jingle Bells
• O Little Town of Bethlehem
• We Three Kings of Orient Are
• Jolly Old St. Nicholas
• Joy to the World
• O Christmas Tree
• Silent Night
• What Child is This?
• Up on the Housetop”
Kompositkrut rocks with a C64, details below:
Yo I remade the Monkey Island after a request. And I made a little demo or something to watch wile listening.
The song is composed in the native c64 tracker SID Wizzard 1.4 (by Hermit)
The visuals are coded by me and I used Kick Assembler (by Camelot), Notepad++ and Charpad (by subchrist) for the gfx. The program visualisates the 3 voice on the SID
Yea and I crunched my program with BongoCruncher by Samar Productions
Sorry for the poor video quality I recorded it via my Video capturing device, I will make my self a s-video cable. That might give me some higher video quality.
I will uppload the SID and the prg to CSDB after I done some adjustments
Atari 520 ST 512kb RAM running the tracker Maxymiser. The Atari is hooked up to a composite to vga scaler and then to a LCD monitor.
The Commodore 64c is running MSSIAH and the monosynth program. and is not hooked up to any monitor during the movie. since the screen is black during “play-mode” it’s not necessary to have it hooked up ^^
The audio is connected to my Proton Stereo 520 amplifier, therefore the quite hard paining on the computers
I have composed the song myself and play a little extra bass on the c64.
While perusing the vast NAMM convention this year I bumped into the Mode Machines booth which is offering a lot of cool designs. I briefly plugged in and sampled some of the new SID synthesizer, which utilizes the classic Atari Commodore 64 SID chip as it’s sound source.
This is a video demonstration of Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE, a KVR Developer Challenge 2012 entry created by Bedroom Producers Blog and Rhythmic Robot.
Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE is a free sample library for Kontakt 4, SFZ and Zampler. It contains 411 audio samples recorded directly from three different versions of the Commodore 64 home computer.
The Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Deluxe sample library contains 30 individual instrument patches. These patches cover a range of well known Commodore 64 era video game sounds, as well as some classic synth sounds which were recreated using the SID chip.
Our goal was to capture the true character of the SID chip, from its beautiful analog filter to the gritty digital oscillators. The 30 included patches are only a starting point, from which the users can further sculpt the sounds using the included SFZ, NKI and Zampler mappings.
A song that Aizerowe has worked on tor a while in CyberTracker 1.01 It’s a cover and a personal interpertation of the theme music in the Hobbit. Witch a touch of chiptune
FOR ALL YOU C64 FANS OUT THERE, ENJOY
I’ve been a big fan of the Commodore 64 since its release way back in 1982. As 2012 is the ’64’s 30th anniversary, I wanted to produce something in honour of this great little machine that has given me countless hours of pleasure, frustration, and head-banging! Here it is. For reasons of time and space, I had to cut a few scenes that were originally planned (and have been created) but I will probably use them in another C64 video in the near future.
If you’re able to recognise all the games/references in this video then you truly are an Old School Commodore geek. I’m proud of you!
Please check this description out again shortly, as I’ll be uploading some HD Windows desktop wallpapers featuring many of the 3D models used in this video, plus some more that didn’t make it into the final edit.
Video by Mike Berry, AKA The Kernal.
Music from Terra Cresta, arranged and remixed by Jess D. Skov-Nielsen.
Originally composed by Martin Galway.
Thanks to Jess D. Skov-Nielsen for giving his kind permission to use his music.
Thanks also to David “Jazzcat” Simmons for helping to supply most of the group/scener logos.