MIDIbox SID — serious c64 sound

c64 midi box

sign-language sent us a link to some instructions for turning your old commodore’s sid chip into a midi controlled synth capapble of pumping more grooves than you ever thought possible.  i was really excited to post a commodore hack, but then i scrolled down and saw this image.  c64 slayings are really hard for me to stomach.

let’s keep it clean, folks.

Comments

  1. Kroc Camen says:

    There is just nothing they can’t get a Commodore64 to do nowadays. They’ve been on the Internet, played Wolfenstein and Doom, setup as web servers and now this!

  2. Greg says:

    I used mine to light a cigar… right before I threw the flaming wreckage out the window. I shall never miss the days of having to spend hours typing out the code before I can play a game.

  3. Drakonite says:

    That picture of the junked C64s almost made me cry :(

  4. Yoderman94 says:

    Has anyone noticed that some of the hacks shown here are starting to make it to /. First it was the Mint Box hack, now the Calculator hack, I just find it interesting, wonder if this will be there tomorrow?

  5. awn007 says:

    why ruin a bunch of old c64’s to make something he could have bought for a few bucks anyway.. it’s a shame to ruin them, can’t exactally go to the store and get one anymore, it’s like seeing a ’68 camero used to make a microwave oven.

  6. “First it was the Mint Box hack, now the Calculator hack”

    you missed the autonomous glider post.

    i think it’s plain and simple what it all boils down to. we are just having more fun here. :)

    happy hacking!

  7. Mike Beard says:

    I’m gonna try this. I wanted a SIDstation before but couldn’t afford it. This looks like the next best thing.

  8. amok says:

    I’ve owned a Sidstation and built 3 of these units. Oliver’s design is _far_ superior to the SidStation in regards to features and OS.

  9. jordan says:

    does anybody know of a working url for this project? i tried a few and they dont work.

  10. Mike Beard says:

    jordan: try the link just under the article or http://www.ucapps.de

  11. JASON says:

    Why? No, why would you be so worried about a commodore 64? They are a dime a dozen everywhere I look. I have played around with many synths in studio and on the road. This setup outperforms and sounds better than the original equipment. This is like having a roland 303/606/808 all combined. I picked up 5 of these C64’s for $5-$10 each, some work and some don’t, but the SID’s are all ok. I’m only using 1 of the cases so the others I’m going to ram a new computer in there, stack em up and make web servers outta em. Theres no waste but the really slow and old computing, which gets recycled. Oh, a synth you cannot buy for a few bucks (try $1000 on the low end) and what you can buy does not and will never sound as good as the chopped C64 sids.

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