When we first covered [Markus]’ portable SID player we starting dreaming about an alternative universe circa 1987 that included a pocket-sized music player called the Commodore ePod. [Markus]’ updated firmware that connects his SID player to a PC will have to do for now, we suppose.
The new firmware boots the Portable SID player as either a standalone device, or a ‘Network SID Device’. The portable SID player can now operate as the output device for either Acid 64 or GoatTracker. Now, [Markus]’ SID player has the same feature set as a HardSID, or the long-forgotten SID Card.
[Markus] can play 40,000 SID chiptunes and can access all of them a lot easier than he could with the jog wheel on the original build. The new firmware is cycle-exact, meaning the sounds coming out of this SID player would be exactly the same as if they were played on a C64. We’d love to build one of these ([Markus] made the entire project open source), but gutting a C64 for the required SID just seems wrong. There are other ways to acquire a SID, though.
Check out the demo of the Network SID Device below.
9 thoughts on “Followup: Portable SID Player Is Now PC Output”
More demos please…
MP3s of the thing putting out some beetz for hours on end would be great…
for more C64 music than you can shake a stick at, in mp3 form: http://www.6581-8580.com/
What’s actually changing by him turning that wheel? I cant hear any difference :P .
It changes the size of the playback buffer thus decreasing the latency as can be seen on the display.
There is no audible change.
Do the theme from MULE, no do the theme from Seven Cities of Gold, no do…
Ok, when I can purhace one device from you? :)
Mule! How about Swinth? I lost way too many hours watching Swinth and vector bouncing ‘screen saver’ graphics. SID at its finest.
Nice one, I’m definately going to build one
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