High Voltage SID Collection
Updated 24 August 2019
The High Voltage SID collection is a significant retro-computing
archive. The highlight of retro computing is the decades of collections
that are available on the internet. It's amazing to discover
a collection as comprehensive as this collection, and for such
a specific genre; SID (6501/8580) tunes.
This may be the biggest themed collection of music available on the Internet.
Introduction to the SID music collection
is a niche music category using synthesized electronic
music using programmable sound generators.
This music is not sampled like modern computer audio but rather generated using an on board synthesizer.
In our opinion, the
has the richest culture for demo music and sound hacking.
SID music is one of the topt 5 things the C64 is
best known for.
This page covers the massive High Voltage SID collection.
This collection spans decades of artistic developed
on the legendary SID chip released on the Commodore C64.
Top 5 Best SID tracks
With over 50,000 tracks and climbing, there is a lot of music to get through.
We have our favorites, yes we do. Let us share some of the auditory gems with you.
- Advection 1 (play online)
- Kikkomen (play online)
- A New Beginning II (play online)
- Alone and Dangerous (play online)
- $4753 Digi-Mixes (play online)
Release 71 Announcement
The latest version of the HVSC collection has been released into the wild.
It is claimed that this release has 464 new tunes totalling over 50,000 SID tunes in the complete collection.
Finally in Release 71, only the new format of the song length database is included in HVSC.
Most tools and players support the new format.
HVSC tunes collection
release 71 review
Equipment to enhance your C64 music
We have looked at the wonderful music that is available on the
Commodore C64 using the amazing SID synthesizer chip.
Never leaving any stone un-turned is the way we like to operate here.
Music alone is nothing without using the right hardware.
Of course, you will need a Commodore C64 to get you started.
Speakers built into TVs do not satisfy our auditory desires.
We suggest three options to play your music through.
The modern Sony MHC-V90DW is possibly the ultimate machine to use.
Stepping across to something a little more authentic to the 1980s,
you may want to listen to the music though a period Emerson Bookbox.
If are considering going full-retro, then take a look though the
1976 AIWA hi-fi catalog.
High Voltage SID Collection Introduction Disks
Disk #1 #1 is the basic intro. Interestingly there is some basic
voice synthesis done directly through the SID chip. It is interesting
and a nice guide into the series. Disk #2 is very much smoother,
sampled voice over and some quality pseudo-acid house music. Endless
scrolling text marks itself as a typical demo. The quality is all in the
music. Plenty of shout-outs. Disk #3 contains more quality music.
This disk is easy to listen to and probably best described as early 90's
synth music. This disk has three versions to try out based on your
emulated SID chip.
Our favorite version was the recommended track, option (2).
We love this track in the office.
Other versions sounded rather thin and lacking character.
Disk #4 is the final diskette available in the release.
This demo is the weakest of the four disks and you can consider this
more of a Merry Sidmas shout-out to the crew.
The First 10 Years
In true demo disk style there is a great intro that starts with a scratchy
gramophone then bursts into glorious chip tunes. The demo disk comes in
.d64, .d71, and .d81 formats. The .71 format using the 1571 drive using C64 Forever
worked best for me. The menus and visuals look and feel like they are
straight out of 1990.
There are plenty of tracks to peruse at your leisure.
There are a lot of articles hidden throughout the menus that give a
history of how the demo cam together.
Look for the music analyser to really get a feel for the digital compositions
that are blasting through your hi-fi.
The Twenty Years demo has a totally different feel. The coding knows when you
are running on emulated hardware, the turbo loading is fast and there an
all-round peppiness to the interface that tries to be a mini-Amiga.
There are 17 tracks that have an intensity that I have never experienced
on the classic hardware.
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