An old and broken ZX Spectrum with a 6581 SID chip manipulated into various instruments...

The story

This is my first atttemp to create a full sampled instrument. Last month I came across an old and broken ZX Spectrum with a 6581 SID chip and I’ve managed to repair it enough to capture a couple of samples. Nothing fancy, just some sinewaves and squarewaves. But as I’ve learned following Chistian Henson and the Pianobook community is that every sound can be manipulated enough to mutate in a great instrument.

I’ve tried to create and instrument that is playable but that still maintain the original sonic characteristics of the SID chip.
The package also contains 10 curated presets.

I hope everything works and that you will enjoy playing with it.

Have fun!
Julian Doe

– Made with Kontakt 6.5.2 (R113) –


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  • A simple 8-bit sound...

    It's a simple 8-bit sound and not much else. This instrument might be better replaced by a synth engine and a little tweaking if you're looking for that type of square/saw wave texture. Not very useful for me, but others may find more value in it. Definitely well put together and sampled, though.

    christopher19 October 2021
  • A nice synth with playablity problems

    This is a very lovely synth and very well executed. You will definitely like the sound but you might find it hard for you to perform on it. The reason is that the low velocity samples are extremely quiet, and the mid velocity ones are moderately loud, enough to make the low ones disappear. This won't be an issue if you want to program it though. I also want to mention that this has a nicely working arpeggiator! I mention that because I've seen in many Pianobook instruments the often included arpeggiator doesn't really work.

    Alex Raptakis17 October 2021
  • Very simple synth to play with

    Very simple and basic sound of synth. I think it can be further arranged to suit own needs. I like the middle range of warm sound, well captured and recorded!

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021