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High Voltage SID Collection release 72

Released 30 December 2019

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This is AudioPhil™ and I take a looking at the hidden gems in the High Voltage SID Collection release 72. Could this release be substantially better that the average release 71. There are over 500 new Commodore C64 SID music tracks, 25% more music than the previoius release. Should you update your collection with this release? We conduct a deep dive review to find out.

HVSC release 72 introduction

For our uninitiated readers of this article, we will clear up a few things first. We love the Commodore 64 and we believe that the C64 represents the ultimate 8-bit experience. One of the reasons why the C64 is popular is because of its ground-breaking music making capability using the SID (Sound Interface Device). The SID chip is a programmable sound generator chip built into the Commodore C64.

The High Voltage SID Collection, often referred to as HVSC, is possibly the largest collection of chiptunes in existence. We take a long look at the HVSC on our High Voltage SID Collection journal page. The HVSC has thousands of music tracks that are playable on a read Commodore C64 or your choice of SID emulators. It is amazing the range of sounds and music that can be generated on the SID chip. Possibly the easiest and quickest choice for people to listen to SID files is to use the VLC player. From as far as we can tell, the VLC player has supported C64 SID files since 2010.

The High Voltage SID Collection gets updated twice a year like a cycle-exact C64 emulator. The collection is now at update 71. HVSC update 71 was released on 30 June 2019. HVSC updates generally include a large number of new releases, recently discovered old releases and a raft of general fixes to broken SID files and metdata clarifications.

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Interesting Items

There are many ways to play Commodore C64 SID music files on most platforms. The VCL player is the easiest to use SID player that is readily installed on most multi-platform machines. VCL is not the only SID player available and, in fact, there are many better ones.

SIDplayfp was recently updated to v2.0.1 in September 2019. The SIDplayfp player runs on many platforms but is a command line only interface. This should not be much of a problems for people running on a Linux system or were brought up on a vintage Commodore C64 breadbin. This version brings new support for the SonglengthDB format, VIC-II (MOS6573 PAL-M) support, output to AU file format, and various other enhancments. I have started using this program on Windows and I have been very satisfied with the results. Here is the link to the libsidplayfp project page.

Doublesided Games released an interesting Halloween Game Dev Competition in October 2019. The entries have closed and the results are in. Here is the Halloween Game Dev Competition vote results. The winner was Get Witchy and a close runner up is Luna. These games look good and, more importantly, the music soundtracks are even better.

We have listened to 0 (or 0%) of the 00 new SID tracks in this release. We have awarded a star rating for each music track in a range of 1 star (lowest) to 5 stars (highest). Every valid submission receives at least one star for contributing because the SID music scene is amazing and every contribution counts. In tallying our reviews, we awarded an average score of 0.0 stars. The lowest award that we gave was 0.0. The highest award that we gave was 0.0. As for our review rating distribution, we awarded 0 one stars, 0 two stars, 0 three stars, 0 four stars, and 0 five stars.

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Article tags: vintage computers Commodore C64 High Voltage SID Collection

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