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
February 8, 2014 @ 9:20 am
This is a machine I missed out on and have been looking for years on ebay and other sites that sell used gear. If you have one youre looking to sell please contact me at charnkie@gmail.com
November 18, 2013 @ 4:38 am

when you listen to a hardware sid compared to a software emulation you'll realize that soft emulations doesnt sound even close to the original

Also, nothing sounds as dirt and fat as a MOS 6581 sid chip, the other sids included in more recent hardware versions sound nive, but not as good as the 6581 IMO.

Unfortunatelly i'm selling my sidstation because i need the money though

June 2, 2013 @ 10:49 am
I'd be interested to know if the SID chip is an all digital device or includes analogue circuitry too- meaning it sounds different to software emulation. I frequently use a plugin called QuadraSID from about 2001- not sure who makes it or what license it was released under (got a copy from a mate) , but it does sound a lot like the original. Does anyone own a copy of this and does the SIDStation sound any different? Would have probably bought the harware if I hadn't come across the emultator!
February 22, 2013 @ 1:08 am
Also not mentioned is the SID's built in wavetables accessible independently by each of the three oscillators, predecessor of Ensoniq's Transwave technology. This synth could be considered the primordial ancestor of the FIZMO.
January 16, 2012 @ 10:49 pm
Also, rather humorously, Vintage Synth Explorer has completely forgotten to mention that the SID chip has a waveform fixed Triangle-wave Ring Modulator and can sacrifice one of the 3 channels to provide oscillator sync! For shame! Those were some of it's signature, flagship features! It's like mentioning the Minimoog without talking about it's ladder filter!
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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