Elektron SidStation

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"The SidStation is a MIDI-controlled synthesizer with real-time controllers. The heart of this synthesizer is the sound generating chip from the classic home computer Commodore 64. This sound chip, named SID (Sound Interface Device) was developed in the early eighties by Bob Yannes at MOS technology."

"The rediscovery of the SID-sound will be a pleasant surprise for many sound explorers that are looking for something more exiting than the current crop of analog imitating 'virtual' synthesizers."

Features of the SidStation synth module include a rotary wheel for easy data entry, an alpha-numeric 2x16 LCD display with back-lighting, audio input and output, 3 syncable oscillators with traditional (triangle, sawtooth, pulse) waveforms, nice resonant filters, arpeggiators, effects and ring modulation. The numeric keyboard and large knobs offer a unique form of hands-on desktop dance / techno music production for the 90's and beyond!

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13 Visitor comments
January 16, 2012 @ 10:38 pm
Being a chiptune aficionado, I can say that the C64 6581, and it's younger cousin the 8580, are easily two of the most influential pieces of silicon and metal to ever grace video game history. It was designed with the composer in mind, adding many commonplace synthesizer features that for video game music was unfathomable.

That said, this module complete with a real 6581 R4 AR, is nothing less than a revival of a past that many simply didn't look at the details of. Sure there exist better methods of manipulating this powerful chipset (HardSID 4U Studio Edition), but this one is more popular
August 2, 2011 @ 4:19 am
There are better implemented, cheaper and more reliable ways to get the sound of SID into your music. The whole essence of the 'SID' sound relies upon its multitimbrality. Having a bassline ring modulated to the lead line which is synced and ringmodulated to the drums. None of this is possible with the monotimbral Electron and without such effects, the SID chip can sound rather plain.

Over-priced from day one, and a bit of a joke thesedays. Get a real C64 with MSSIAH, a Hardsid or a MIDIBOX SID and release the true potential of a 6581/8580.
August 1, 2011 @ 11:49 pm
Very cool. Very mad sciencey. Sciency. Apparently either way, its misspelled. Anyway, I got pretty much the same sounds out of a $20 short wave radio kit when I was a kid. And there's a retro keyboard app for Nintendo DS that's a close proximity. I really would like one of these, though. Probably to tick off all those who don't see the point. When your head was swimming in 8-bit imagery, before the surface had a map, these sounds were the music of the spheres, the choir ethereal, the ambiance of the game (get all growly hissy grrr when you say that--use your movie voice.) Want.
Daniel Fletcher of Dazz Synth
April 5, 2011 @ 8:00 am
It has bin used by Depeche mode on where album "Sounds of the Universe"
August 29, 2010 @ 12:45 am
Cant believe there are so few comments! SIDSTATION is so much more than the sum of its VERY FEW parts! i think the chip itself is the only machine that has a soul. its maker doesnt even know how cool it is. -in interviews he always says stuff like "i wish i could of..." and "it doesnt sound good" (!!!) its a freak of non-nature! Elektron vindicated it and liberated it in simple elegance! its just one of those things that make life special. NOW,, if only they did what Yannes originally intended 100%, and that would have been, imo, to put it in a 37 key keyboard!!! (i LOVE a mini synth. Nord Modular is also a favorite) In closing, its NOT for everyone, very one-sided stylistically.
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Some in your face samples and effects created by the SidStation demonstrating some of the Sid's more peculiar sounds and effects.

  • Specifications
  • Oscillators - 3 osc: triangle, sawtooth, pulse, mixed, noise; PWM
  • LFO - 4 individual routable LFOs
  • Filter - 1 Resonant filter: lowpass, bandpass, highpass or any combination
  • Effects - Portamento
  • Arpeg/Seq - One Arpeggiator for each oscillator
  • Keyboard - Numeric keyboard
  • Control - MIDI In, Out, Through
  • Date Produced - 1999
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from the SidStation site.

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