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17  What is SIDPlayer?  What is SIDPlayer?
18  ------------------  ------------------
19    
20  SIDPlayer is a replayer program for C64 music ("SID tunes"), like PlaySID  SIDPlayer is a replayer program for C64 music ("SID tunes"), like PlaySID on
21  on the Amiga or SIDPLAY for Unix. You can think of it as being a stripped-  the Amiga or SIDPLAY for Unix. You can think of it as being a stripped- down
22  down C64 emulator that only emulates the CPU and the sound chip of the  C64 emulator that only emulates the CPU and the sound chip of the C64.
23  C64. SIDPlayer can replay SID tunes in the "PSID" file format, but it  SIDPlayer can replay SID tunes in the "PSID" file format, but it cannot run
24  cannot run any C64 programs.  any C64 programs.
25    
26    
27  Why would I want to listen to C64 music?  Why would I want to listen to C64 music?
# Line 34  sound chip (called "SID" - "Sound Interf Line 34  sound chip (called "SID" - "Sound Interf
34  computers (as the Atari ST or the first Macs) had worse sound.  computers (as the Atari ST or the first Macs) had worse sound.
35    
36  The SID chip features three oscillators with selectable waveform, ADSR  The SID chip features three oscillators with selectable waveform, ADSR
37  envelope generators, programmable resonance filters and special effects  envelope generators, programmable resonance filters and special effects like
38  like ring modulation. With the aid of the CPU, it can also replay 4-bit  ring modulation. With the aid of the CPU, it can also replay 4-bit sampled
39  sampled sounds. SIDPlayer emulates all features of the SID chip, including  sounds. SIDPlayer emulates all features of the SID chip, including the
40  the filters.  filters.
41    
42  There were (and are still) many composers programming excellent music for  There were (and are still) many composers programming excellent music for
43  the C64 and thousands of tunes have been converted for use with SID tune  the C64 and thousands of tunes have been converted for use with SID tune
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57  Using SIDPlayer  Using SIDPlayer
58  ---------------  ---------------
59    
60  SIDPlayer can be started from the Tracker or from the Shell. If you give  SIDPlayer can be started from the Tracker or from the Shell. If you give the
61  the name of a PSID file as an argument from the Shell or drag a PSID file  name of a PSID file as an argument from the Shell or drag a PSID file onto
62  onto the SIDPlayer icon from the Tracker, that file is loaded and played.  the SIDPlayer icon from the Tracker, that file is loaded and played.
63    
64  The SIDPlayer window some information about the currently loaded PSID file  The SIDPlayer window displays some information about the currently loaded
65  and has the usual tapedeck-like controls for pausing, restarting and  PSID file and has the usual tapedeck-like controls for pausing, restarting
66  stopping the replay and for selecting the next or previous song contained  and stopping the replay and for selecting the next or previous song
67  in the PSID file. The number of the song currently playing and the total  contained in the PSID file. The number of the song currently playing and the
68  number of songs in the loaded PSID file are displayed to the right of the  total number of songs in the loaded PSID file are displayed to the right of
69  tapedeck buttons. The slider in the bottom right of the window can be used  the tapedeck buttons. The slider in the bottom right of the window can be
70  to adjust the replay speed.  used to adjust the replay speed.
71    
72  Clicking and holding the right mouse button in the SIDPlayer window will show  The SIDPlayer menu has three items:
 a pop-up menu with three items:  
73    
74   - "About SIDPlayer" shows some information about SIDPlayer   - "About SIDPlayer" shows some information about SIDPlayer
75   - "Sound Control" opens the sound control window   - "Sound Control" opens the sound control window
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95  The Sound Control window  The Sound Control window
96  ------------------------  ------------------------
97    
98    Sound post-processing is controlled with the "Effect" pop-up menu and the
99    "Delay" and "Feedback" sliders. The available effects are "None" (no post-
100    processing), "Reverb" (simple reverb) and "Spatial" (reverb with phase
101    shift, intended for headphone users).
102    
103  The checkbox labeled "Filters" is used to turn the emulation of the SID  The checkbox labeled "Filters" is used to turn the emulation of the SID
104  filters on or off.  filters on or off.
105    
106  The eight slider gadgets in the right part of the window control the  The "New SID Chip" checkbox selects the type of SID chip to be emulated.
107  stereo panning and volume of each of the four voices (3 synthesized  Currently this only affects some combined waveforms.
108  voices, 1 sampled voice).  
109    The eight slider gadgets in the right part of the window control the stereo
110    panning and volume of each of the four voices (3 synthesized voices, 1
111    sampled voice).
112    
113    
114  Where do I get PSID files  Where do I get PSID files
115  -------------------------  -------------------------
116    
117  The two largest collections of SID tunes are the "High Voltage" SID  The two largest collections of SID tunes are the "High Voltage" SID
118  Collection (http://www.dhp.com/~shark/c64music) and the "NemeSIDs"  Collection (http://hvsc.c64.org) and the "NemeSIDs" archive
119  archive (ftp://frodo.hiof.no/pub/c64/sidmusic). These have been used  (ftp://frodo.hiof.no/pub/c64/sidmusic). These have been used for testing
120  for testing during the development of SIDPlayer and they should all work.  during the development of SIDPlayer and they should all work.
121    
122    Twenty demonstration SID tunes are included with SIDPlayer in the "PSID
123    Demo" directory.
124    
125    
126    Support
127    -------
128    
129    Updates of SIDPlayer are available on the official SIDPlayer home page:
130    
131  Twenty demonstration SID tunes are included with SIDPlayer in the    http://www.uni-mainz.de/~bauec002/SPMain.html
 "PSID Demo" directory.  
132    
133    
134  History  History

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