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Elektron Sidstation

 

 

 

 

elektron sidstation

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Elektron Sidstation (1999)
MOS 6501 Synthesis


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

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info MODULE (weight: 1.3 Kg). 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 a high speed bus access.

commodore64

mos 6581


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machine based subtractive synthesis SID generate 1 voice. A single voice is composed by 3 oscillators with variable parameters:
- pitch detune
- hardsynch
- transpose
- delay start
- PWM (variable width)
- ringmodulator: an oscillator modulates the previous one e.g: 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


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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!



adsr ENVELOPE
4 EGs in total, all 4 stages ADSR and quantisized into 15 values:
- EG1 OSC1 amp
- EG2 OSC2 amp
- EG3 OSC3 amp
- EG4 VCF filter


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 boasts 7 shapes; 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.



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
holds:
- 100 RAM patches
No ROM nor external card only computer Midi Sysex dump


cats on sidstation


midi SIDSTATION RELATED FAMILY:

sidstation ninja

SIDSTATION NINJA EDITION (50 units 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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GALLERY

Twisted electrons Therapdsid

Twisted electrons Therapdsid is a commercial SID clone with some controls
(picture form twisted electrons) VIDEO

sammich sid

SAMMICH SID : A DIY project from midibox
(picture for sammich) VIDEO

LINK URL

 

hardsid

HARDSID one of the first SID project on ISA, PCI and USB ports. VIDEO

sidbox

SIDBOX another DIY project by ucapps.de
(pic by ucapps.de)

VIDEO DEMO

 

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are some free and commercial samples set based on MOS Commodore 64 SID:

  name price link demo
EFM Oddse 38911 bytes free VST plugin
effet 38911 bytes
Basic 65 Basic 65 Free VST plugin effet Basic 65
odsay QUADRA SID REFX Commercial VST effet QUADRA SID REFX
SIDIZER SIDIZER Commercial VST effet SIDIZER
ohm force BLEEP FREE VST effet BLEEP
manx destiny ODO sample pack hundreds of free commodore 64 samples effet n/a
manx destiny Little scale Free samples effet n/a

 

demoAUDIO DEMO

demo 100% Sidstation mix demo
demo various sounds part 1
demo various sounds part 2
demo elektron demo 1
demo elektron demo 2

demo Breakdown
demo infoworld
demo sillyloop
demo space cake
demo Knucklebusters theme


effet Soundcloud sidstation

beethoven cloud2 cloud1


video VIDEO CLIP SELECTION

ELEKTRON SID STATION Bass and Percussion pattern Metasonix TM-3 & SID Station - Bladerunner
demo1 my demo Metasonix TM-

sidstation






manual
SIDSTATION USER MANUAL

 


manual
FACTORY SET DOWNLOAD

 


SIDSTATION Factory Reset procedure

Go tho memory functions and choose RESET mem, then YES

 

reset

 

 


ASID
Free Utility that plays SID music on your sidstation.

reset

 

 

 

original scan

 

 

 






SIDSTATION FOR SALE

original scan
CHECK OUT EBAY OFFERS

 

 

elektron link
Commodore64 music remix

 


 

commodore sid full midi connections


manual

- sid chip related
- Midi
implementation
-rare

manual

- 1 sid is too expensive
- editing / LCD


comment
For chip-geeks!


REVIEW "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