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GENERAL => REVIEWS (of Hardware) => Topic started by: vincenzo on December 31, 2015, 12:16:39 PM

Title: C64 SID shootout - 6581 vs. 8580
Post by: vincenzo on December 31, 2015, 12:16:39 PM
I got my hands on 5 different Commodore 64 SID revisions (6581 R2 R3 R4 R4AR and 8580 R5) so it seemed obvious that a comparison would be a good idea. So I did it.

Started with a track that has been composed on a 6581 SID, recorded it with all the 5 different chips and wrote a post about the procedure. Then I thought it would be fair to do the same thing with a 8580 track and record it through all 6581's as well.

The result is a 3 part article with audio examples, waveform screenshots, some additional information and conclusion. Bring some cold beer, chips, etc. and follow these links:

SID shootout Part 1. (http://kompjut0r.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/c64-sid-shootout.html)
SID shootout Part 2. (http://kompjut0r.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/c64-sid-shootout-part-2.html)
SID shootout Part 3. (http://kompjut0r.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/c64-sid-shootout-part-3.html)

I've chose nice demoscene music instead of well-known game soundtrack because these ones are great to listen to and also show serious sound design skills, sometimes I felt the SID was crying while producing the audio.

Enjoy.
Title: Re: C64 SID shootout - 6581 vs. 8580
Post by: AndyRCM on December 31, 2015, 04:09:56 PM
Fantastic post mate. :)