Impact Soundworks has released inSIDious, which they describe as a virtual synth recreation of the legendary SID sound chip made popular in the Commodore 64 home computer. inSIDious runs in the free Reaktor 6 Player plugin (VST, AU, AAX formats) and thus works in virtually all DAWs.
A spokesperson told us, "Endorsed by and featuring authentic sounds from the most famous C64 composers and demoscene musicians, such as Chris Huelsbeck, Rob Hubbard, Martin Galway, Jason Page, Mark Knight, and many others, this synth finally brings the true sound of the SID to every DAW."
Impact Soundworks tells us that, created by Mike Clarke, whose own career creating audio for games spans back to the 80s and includes many years with the storied developer PSYGNOSIS, inSIDious recreates all the classic tones of the SID and its many idiosyncratic quirks with meticulous detail. They say that, with its easy-to-use interface, users can generate blazing arpeggios, soaring leads, chunky drums, powerful basses, and rumbling noise, or use the over 300+ presets which include both authentic and modern sounds that push the SID to its limits.
The synth is powered by three independent oscillators each with multiple waveforms, LFOs, envelopes, and of course a sequencer which can be used to create iconic arpeggios and sequences that this chip is known for. The filter also sports plenty of options including multiple models, modes, and curves, with, says Impact Soundworks, all of the warmth and distortion of the original hardware. There are also extensive options to adjust the sound and achieve even more realism - warts and all - such as circuit noise and 'quantized' oscillator modulation.
Pricing and Availability:
inSIDious is available now via download for the introductory price of $49 (MSRP: $64) through the end of July, 2020.
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