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Dirty, low-fidelity digital sound comes to your shiny, high-fidelity digital device.

Yes, WebSID is a beautifully-grungy emulation of the legendary SID synthesis in the Commodore 64. Because it runs in a Web browser, it’s also stupidly-simple to use. On computers, the keys are cleverly mapped to your keyboard, so you can jam by typing. On a phone or tablet with capable browser, you can use touch, meaning this is a bit like having an app.

It sounds remarkable, all using the Web Audio API, with a nice filter, envelope controls, and delay, plus lots of authentic sound features (including properly arpeggiating polyphonic chords). It’s good enough that I might just jam on the thing and record. If you do the same, send it our way.

I’m also curious which touch devices and browsers work well with this. Try it yourself:

WebSID

Via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk [Deutsch – and, to think, I thought CDM’s name was too long…]

The creator, Amsterdam-based Igor Zinken, has also produced a really nice experimental synth on Android. Not only is the synth itself nice, but it’s really built around being a sketchpad, with nice sequencing features, audio/SoundCloud export, and – in a feature I wish more apps had – MIDI export for sketching projects you finish on the desktop.

http://www.igorski.nl/mikrowave

  • I tried it on my phone—a Nexus 4—and it works in Chrome, albeit awkwardly and without keyboard shortcuts, of course. I’ll try it on my wife’s Nexus 7 tonight.

    I love this.

  • I tried it on my phone—a Nexus 4—and it works in Chrome, albeit awkwardly and without keyboard shortcuts, of course. I’ll try it on my wife’s Nexus 7 tonight.

    I love this.

  • I tried it on my phone—a Nexus 4—and it works in Chrome, albeit awkwardly and without keyboard shortcuts, of course. I’ll try it on my wife’s Nexus 7 tonight.

    I love this.

  • A

    It seems perverse to label good sound low fidelity. 🙂 The more accurate the emulation of the (“lo-fi”) sid chip is the more fidelity it has!

  • A

    It seems perverse to label good sound low fidelity. 🙂 The more accurate the emulation of the (“lo-fi”) sid chip is the more fidelity it has!

  • A

    It seems perverse to label good sound low fidelity. 🙂 The more accurate the emulation of the (“lo-fi”) sid chip is the more fidelity it has!

  • Florian Krause

    Doesn’t work with Chrome on Linux…

    • Details?

      Chrome or Chromium?

      Tried other Web Audio stuff?

      You may also need to install a package that properly connects the browser to the audio API you’re using…

  • Florian Krause

    Doesn’t work with Chrome on Linux…

    • Details?

      Chrome or Chromium?

      Tried other Web Audio stuff?

      You may also need to install a package that properly connects the browser to the audio API you’re using…

  • Florian Krause

    Doesn’t work with Chrome on Linux…

    • Details?

      Chrome or Chromium?

      Tried other Web Audio stuff?

      You may also need to install a package that properly connects the browser to the audio API you’re using…

  • josh

    Works great on my (new model) Nexus 7 in the Chrome browser.

    For those trying on mobile / tablets, it’s worth noting that it chooses how many keys to display based on the width. Vertical gave me one octave wide, horizontal gave a couple wide.

  • josh

    Works great on my (new model) Nexus 7 in the Chrome browser.

    For those trying on mobile / tablets, it’s worth noting that it chooses how many keys to display based on the width. Vertical gave me one octave wide, horizontal gave a couple wide.

  • josh

    Works great on my (new model) Nexus 7 in the Chrome browser.

    For those trying on mobile / tablets, it’s worth noting that it chooses how many keys to display based on the width. Vertical gave me one octave wide, horizontal gave a couple wide.

  • Eric B.

    Oh great. Firing up Audacity to capture some throughput now… my work day is already shot. 😉

  • Eric B.

    Oh great. Firing up Audacity to capture some throughput now… my work day is already shot. 😉

  • viridisvir

    Oh great. Firing up Audacity to capture some throughput now… my work day is already shot. 😉

  • Tiny’R’Sid

    nice experiment 🙂 for more sophisticated C64 emulation/playback you might want to check http://www.wothke.ch/websid