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Elektron Sidstation




elektron sidstation
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Elektron Sidstation (1999)

Hybrid analog-digital module synthesizer based on the famous sound interface device SID 6581 created by Bob Yannes who also projected the great ENSONIQ MIRAGE sampler.

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info LAPTOP (weight: 1.3 Kg)
The main panel features a 2 x 16 display lines, a numeric pad keys for data entry, 4 assignable knobs (they do transmit Midi control changes) and a rotary encoder.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- audio out
- audio input for filter process
- Midi interface

ac power supply is external PSU DC input a common 9V -)

edit FOREWORD the SID is a 28-pin DIP-capsule chip from 8 bits computer Commodore 64 released on the market in 1982, the biggest computer sale in the world ever.
The SID chip is a mixture of digital and analogue technology with phase accumulated oscillators and analogue multimode NMOS filter. Elektron made a version for musician enclosing the mythical chip in a silver box with full Midi control, featuring also high speed bus access.


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edit VOICE
machine based subtractive synthesis SID generate 1 voice.
A single voice is composed by 3 oscillators with variable parameters:
- detune
- hardsynch
- transpose
- delay start
- ringmodulator: an oscillator modulates the previous one 3>2 / 2>1 / 1>3
- 5 waveforms: triangle, saw, mixed, noise, pulse with variable width
Original SID produces a high noise-level, but the new design isolates some of this using dedicated buses, anyway but be prepared to gate many background noises.

data voice

WAVESCAN special wave cycling mode for sweeping sequences a bit like Korg Wavestation.
You can define loop points composed by various steps (up to 32) each with assigned parameters:
- OSC 1 / 2/ 3 selection
- note
- filter mode
- cutoff
- length
- others

sid table

playmodes PERFORMANCE machine offers some special playmodes:
- legato with adjustable time rate
- special polymode play the oscillators in polyphonic way for chords, but they cannot be assigned to different Midi channels.

filter FILTER
multimode resonant filter with cutoff range from 30 Hz to 12 kHz:
- lowpass at 2 poles
- bandpass at 1 pole
- highpass at 2 poles
- band reject at 1 pole
- all: activates all modes in the same time -weird!

there are 4 EG in total, all 4 stages ADSR type, all quantisized into 15 values:
- EG1 OSC1 amp
- EG2 OSC2 amp
- EG3 OSC3 amp

lfo LFO 4 delayed assignable modulators with polarity inversion, fade-in, variable depth and ABZ mode that change negative values into positive ones. The modulators are identical and have 7 waveforms, in addition 2 LFO can be combined for more complex waveforms:

Waveforms: tri / saw/ sqr/ ramp / rnd / S& H / flat (output is set to a steady maximum value)
Sources Modwheel / pitchbend / velocity / aftertouch / Midi CC# / another LFO
Destinations: cutoff / vibrato 1-2-3 / PWM 1-2-3
Retrigger mode: yes
Sync mode: yes, dividers from half note to hemidemisemiquaver

arpeggiator ARPEGGIATOR
each voice features an individual arpeggiator.

SYNC arpeggiators, lfo and osc delay can be master synched to internal clock, or slaved to Midi one according to 6 time dividers from half note to hemidemisemiquaver.

midi MIDI
all parameters are Control Changes mapped, also full Sysex dump implementation.

memory MEMORY
- 100 RAM patch
No ROM nor external card only computer Midi Sysex dump

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sidstation ninja

NINJA EDITION (50 produced)

Special limited black Sidstation edition with black case, blue leds and a different soundset, but essentially this is the same machine.


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SIDSTATION Reset procedure

Go tho memory functions and choose RESET mem, then YES




Free Utility that plays SID music on your sidstation.





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- sid chip!!
- Midi


- 1 sid is too expensive
- editing / LCD

For chip-geeks!

"Great sound and great control! if you like chip sound, than this is a must buy. However some DIY Sidbox can sound as good as the sidbox... for a lot less money!"

"Avoid nuclear explosions. The SID-chip might be harmed ! " - from MANUAL



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elektron sidstation 4 out of 5 based on 31 ratings. price €500