chipsynth C64 is an emulation of the SID so good, it can replace hardware

Today, Plogue is launching chipsynth C64, an AAX/AU/VST3/CLAP plug-in recreation of the Commodore 64/128 and its legendary 1982 SID chip (and successors). No one else could create an emulation this obsessive. After just a few minutes with it, it feels like encountering an entirely new instrument that fell straight out of a past decade. It’s likely to enchant both nostalgic C64 fans and those discovering chip music for the first time.

Here’s the new nanoloop Game Boy cart in action – and more cute stuff coming

It’s one of the cartridges that launched the Game Boy musician phenomenon. And you can still go back to vintage Nintendo hardware with this beautiful homebrew music-making platform. Just watch.

Peter Kirn - July 14, 2023

Dazzle at the soft synths of the Commodore Amiga – including a forgotten 1985 gem

The obscure software synth wonders of the Commodore Amiga hold up today as unique sound creation instruments. And as early as 1985 they offered real-time polyphonic synthesis, thanks to the onboard Paula chip. Paulee Bow shares their deep dive into a wide assortment of these in a new documentary – and makes the platform tantalizing enough that even generations born long after the Amiga may find themselves booting an emulator or hunting flea markets.

Peter Kirn - June 28, 2023

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