Impact Soundworks releases inSIDious, a virtual synth re-creation of the legendary SID sound chip made popular in the Commodore 64 home computer.
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 (Sound Interface Device) to every DAW. inSIDious runs in the free Reaktor 6 Player plug-in (VST, AU, AAX formats) and thus works in virtually all DAWs. It is available now for the introductory price of $49 from Impact Soundworks.
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. 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 a sequencer that you can use to create iconic arpeggios and sequences that this chip is known for. The filter sports plenty of options, including multiple models, modes, and curves, with all of the warmth and distortion of the original hardware. Plus, there are extensive options to adjust the sound and achieve even more realism—warts and all—such as circuit noise and “quantized” oscillator modulation.
inSIDious is available now via download for the introductory price of $49 (MSRP: $64) through the end of July 2020. Audio and video demos, specifications, and more product information is available at the Impact Soundworks website.