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WebSID

Create Digital Music has an article about WebSID, a web-based Commodore 64 synthesizer that you can play with in Chrome for iOS!

Yes, WebSID is a beautifully-grungy emulation of the legendary SID synthesis in the Commodore 64. Because it runs in a Web browser, it’s also stupidly-simple to use. On computers, the keys are cleverly mapped to your keyboard, so you can jam by typing. On a phone or tablet with capable browser, you can use touch, meaning this is a bit like having an app.

It sounds remarkable, all using the Web Audio API, with a nice filter, envelope controls, and delay, plus lots of authentic sound features (including properly arpeggiating polyphonic chords). It’s good enough that I might just jam on the thing and record. If you do the same, send it our way.

This is the reason news has been delayed today, I've been having a lot of fun with this! You can find it here. Open up that filter and send a lot of feedback into the delay for a great gritty chip sound.

You can play polyphonicly, but there are some occasional bugs and it does bog down when you manipulate the controls. Even on an iPad Air the controls seemed a bit sluggish, but I was just impressed that I could tweak them while playing notes simultaneously! Good free fun for the weekend!

Reader Comments 7

I'd like to ask, is there a synth app for the iPhone that makes similar sounds?

February 28, 2014  | person_outline Chimper

There is SIDPAD for iPad, but I don't know of any off the top of my head for iPhone. You can get similar sounds out of SunVox, but you've got to work at it.

web appz is teh fyuture!

:)

February 28, 2014  | person_outline gatearray

thanks for posting tim. having fun with a little delay

February 28, 2014  | person_outline anonymouse

Chimper, there's an app called '8BIT Studio' by Alexander Smith. I don't have this app so I can't say anything about its quality, but there's a video in Youtube available.

February 28, 2014  | person_outline synthandson

The best sounding one that I know of for iPhone is SquareSynth. You can hear it here:

https://soundcloud.com/breakphase/kashiosq-1-demo01

February 28, 2014  | person_outline Angel José

Thanks y'all. I opted for SquareSynth and it's kinda close.

February 28, 2014  | person_outline Chimper
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