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The ‘64 is my favourite thing in the world
It really is. My favourite thing really is the Commodore 64.
When I was young I had the Sinclair ZX-81, then the Commodore VIC 20 and then the one and only; Commodore 64.
From Day 1 I was smitten, the look, the games and the ultimate thing about it: the MOS 6581 Sound Interface Device (SID)!
What a beast of a thing, the 6582 and the 8580 are also incredible but you can’t beat the original and best.
After the “bread bin” I did get the 64C that looked a little like the Amiga 500 which I used for a while as a kid.
I still own a number of these, I have the ones from my childhood and I acquired a bunch more about 18 years ago as well as floppy drives and other peripherals.
I have a number of SID synths and I also have a whole bunch of new old stock MOS 6581’s I bought years ago for various projects I still haven’t got around to.
I have the coveted Moog Song Producer for the Commodore 64 as well, stashed away in a box somewhere... I must dig that out and have another play.
edited over 4 years ago
Amazing analog synth for mindblowing 8-bit chiptunes
People may think I am weird, that I use a home computer form the 80s in my studio. But the SID chip sounds amazing. The very unique sound is a great addition for some tracks. I use it with a video capturing card, so I do not need a TV for it. The C64 is controlled via MIDI using the MSSIAH cartridge, and there are M4L devices which makes integration into Ableton Suite super easy. The C64 is a really affordable analog synth: about $70 for the computer (Craigslist) and about $50 (+shipping) for the cartridge.
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