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2014-03-03 16:07
Mixer

Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 212
Software Synths

There are some music tools and programs made for stock c-64 which produce sound or music, but are not necessarily using sid chip the usual way.

Such as:
SAM,
radwar speech,
the ESS speech,
Galways drums,
AndyM00's pulsetrain stuff,
Soundemons new waveform-stuff,
THCM Mod players,
Some of the Vicious Sid I and II routines,
Mahoneys many achievements,
Algorithms VQ packed players,
Censors various pwm players,
Eebens Pollytracker,
Retroskoi

We can observe that several c-64 musicians and coders have experimented with software based synthesis or sampling/compression over the years.

Most of the listed are rather recent. There must be plenty more weird sound routines done during the last 30 years that are not yet listed.

If you know of some past oddness that should be on the list - published or unpublished, please, paste a link or desrcibe. Would be interesting topic for discussion and perhaps someone gets a new idea.
 
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2016-01-17 14:30
McMeatLoaf

Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 85
Weirdo
Uses regular $d418 samples with glissando/vibrato almost like a soft synth. (?)
2016-11-09 16:55
Mixer

Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 212
Adding Swallows samples to the list

Wonderland XIII
2016-11-09 16:57
Mixer

Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 212
Adding Concert to the list:

Concert

The bassist in the sound-check part is actually a very simplified Karplus- or "digital waveguide-" synth.
2016-11-09 18:46
Radiant

Registered: Sep 2004
Posts: 623
More or less everything by Cycleburner/Megastyle?
2016-11-09 19:38
Hein

Registered: Apr 2004
Posts: 770
GBK-Test by ATOO

An experiment I did with channel 3 envelope mixing into the D418 samples (not really synths): D418 + D41C mix

Personaly I like Galway's Arkanoid generated drums 'n bleeps alot more than the drums in Arkanoid (alternative drums).
2016-11-09 23:06
bugjam

Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 1101
Quoting Hein
GBK-Test by ATOO


In which form was it released? Anyone got the respective executable?
2016-11-10 00:25
Mr. SID

Registered: Jan 2003
Posts: 333
NESsivE ATtaCK and Phasor Soundtrack HiFi are emulating a 1-bit white noise channel using $d418 samples.
2016-11-10 01:18
Trash

Registered: Jan 2002
Posts: 76
This might fit the list: M.B.S Sampling
2016-11-11 08:06
Inge

Registered: Nov 2003
Posts: 135
Quote: Quoting Hein
GBK-Test by ATOO


In which form was it released? Anyone got the respective executable?


I've uploaded an executable.

The program actually takes 64 bytes from selected parts of the ROMs and make decent samples out of it in real-time. AFAIR, GBK relates to some algorithm, but I haven't been able to find any references.

EDIT: It's here: GBK-Test
2016-11-11 08:41
Mixer

Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 212
Quote: I've uploaded an executable.

The program actually takes 64 bytes from selected parts of the ROMs and make decent samples out of it in real-time. AFAIR, GBK relates to some algorithm, but I haven't been able to find any references.

EDIT: It's here: GBK-Test


The GBK algorithm is mentioned in the Heins sid-link comments. It is simplified Karplus or Karplus-Strong as well.

There is a lot of unexplored potential with Karplus and digital waveguide synthesis in c-64.
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