A few months ago I went to Control in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to watch ALM/Busy Circuits demo their clocking module Pamela’s Workout (link). They also had a prototype module based on a Commodore 64 SID chip. Well that module now called Sid Guts is here. It’s quite a beauty and in the video you can see it has some fantastic controls. The only caveat is you have to source your own SID chip. I’m not sure how hard that is to do but I wouldn’t mind having this guy in my studio. I was recently reading the history of Ensoniq and thought it was interesting that Bob Yannes who started the company also created the SID chip.
“The SID GUTS now takes the legendary SID chip and tailors it into the eurorack modular environment. By use of a real SID chip the classic sound is taken in a new direction with the levels of direct and voltage control only a modular system can offer.” – busycircuits.com
For more info: busycircuits.com/alm003
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A few days ago Jack Tramiel past away. For most people it’s the his product the Commodore 64 that has them teary eyed in rememberance. For me however it is the Atari ST. When it came out the 520ST not only competed with the Mac it bested it on many fronts and it cost much less. I remember the first time seeing the Atari monochrome screen. People rave about the clearness of the new iPad 3′s screen and like today’s raves for the iPad that Atari screen was something to behold. It was so sharp and clear for the time. In addition the ST had something no other main computer system had: MIDI ports. I used DR T.’s KCS (Keyboard Controlled Sequencer) and later Cubase on a 1040ST. By the way theses were also in my own opinion beautifuly designed machines. Just look at that image above. Like my Apple products today I really loved that machine. It tempted me to create. I did also own an Amiga and loved it as well.
“In 1953, while working as a taxi driver, Tramiel bought a shop in the Bronx to repair office machinery, securing a $25,000 loan for the business from a U.S. Army entitlement. He named it Commodore Portable Typewriter.” – Wikipedia
For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Tramiel
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My friend Noah Benzing sent me the first video above of Dan Laskowski and his 1980s Commodore 64 audio software FastFingers. I think Dan himself is the interesting part of this video.
“How did I get into the future?” – Dan Laskowski
photo credit: Matrixsynth
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“I modded this Commodore C64 by putting a MSSIAH Cartridge, 6 pots and 2 switches in it. 4 pots are for the MSSIAH Software, 1 for Volume and 1 for a Feedback Loop I built in it.” – Malte Horstmann
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