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Elektron | SidStation


Elektron's first product the Sidstation was based on the legendary MOS6581 sound chip with is a gritty sounding synthesizer originally from the Commodore 64 computer.

The instrument that brings back the unique sound of the SID6581-chip originally found in the Commodore 64 home computer. Using the full power of the SID-chip combined with innovative synthesis techniques it gives musicians access to a whole new world of exciting sounds. We have put many hours of hard work in this product, a synthesizer that reintroduces the spirit and sound from the 80’s.

By using the famous “MOS 6581 Sound Interface Device” chip also known as the SID-chip from the Commodore 64 computer, we bring you a classic sound, which can not be reproduced by any other music equipment. Integrating it into the SidStation unleashes the full potential of this chip and puts you in control. Freeing it from the limitations of the C64 architecture and providing new methods to control the SID sound gives possibilities yet to be explored.

"The SID is the classic synthesizer that never had a case built around it." The secret of the SidStation sound is only partially explained by the actual SID6581 chip. The SidStation operating system stretches the chip to its limits by updating all SID6581 parameters up to 200 times per second. This implies results of a previously unheard nature.
Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)1/3
LFO4 individual routable LFOs
Engine Detailed3 osc: triangle, sawtooth, pulse, mixed, noise; PWM
Filter (VCF)1 Resonant filter: lowpass, bandpass, highpass or any combination
ArpeggiatorOne Arpeggiator for each oscillator
Key typeN/A
Produced:1999 - 1999
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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