The Commodore 64 computer is no longer legendary for, er,
performance and power, but it is legendary for its built-in synthesizer
chip, the SID. Lovers of this phat-sounding analog chip will go to
great lengths to feed their nostalgia:

  • Butcher an actual C64 and build your own MIDI-capable SID synthesizer (via hack-a-day)
  • Add a real SID chip with MIDI control via a PC-compatible PCI card, the HardSID (thanks, Carl Lumma!) or Catweasel Mk4 — apparently both work with Mac, as well, via SidPlay
  • Run SidPlay (Mac OS X), straight SID emulation software (both it and the ReSID emulation engine are open source)
  • Run an emulator and run original music creation software for the C64 — try CCS64 for Windows or the OS X emulators from

Any of you intrepid readers doing synthesis — perhaps even on an original C64? Let us know, and, heck, send tracks!

  • Guest

    QVC sells the Commodore 64 30-in-1 Joystick. Not only does it play games, but it's got the full Commodore 64 BASIC and SID on board.

    If you're the hacker type, apparently it's pretty easy to add on a keyboard, or even a floppy drive, just by opening the joystick.

  • Guest
  • Guest

    Don't forget the fabulous "QuadraSID" from

  • Guest

    If you wantone (or two) of these, go to KB Toys (if you can still find one open ). They were selling these for $10.

  • There is no hardware SID in the Commodore 64 30 in 1 joystick, or Direct TV as it is otherwise known. All the original Commodore chipset is emulated in an FPGA. There's no SID chip you could remove and use in a project, sorry guys.

  • Miroslav

    This is so cool. I wish I hade this.

    Commodore rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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