Compute's Gazette Sid Collection
Released in March 2023
COMPUTE!'s Sidplayer was a music system created by Craig Chamberlain and Harry Bratt for the Commodore 64 home computer. Sidplayer was the most popular Commodore 64 music system in the U.S., as measured by the number of songs available for download on services such as Compuserve and Q-Link (the forerunner to America Online).
The aim of the Compute's Gazette Sid Collection is to try and preserve as many of those Sidplayer music files in one location as possible.
The current collection contains 16403 MUS files, 4356 STR files and 5556 WDS files.
NOTE: MUS files contain music, STR files contain voices 4-6 for stereo music and WDS files contain the words to the tune.
Picture Add-on Collection
Also available is a version of the files pre-prepared for use of a real c64 by Terry Raymond (the filenames have been shortened). There is a choice of all the files in separate d81 images per author or in separate zip files per author. (Note: This is based on an older version of the collection)
If you have any additons for the collection then email p w e i g h i l l @ h o t m a i l . c o m
If you want to listen to individual tunes online then try DeepSid by Chordian
or go to http://www.hvsc.de/players.htm for a list of players for various computers.
Playing Stereo Music in VICE
Settings to make Mark Dickenson's Stereo Player work in stereo mode
Under Settings Menu: Sound settings, DirectX driver, Sample Frequency 44100 Hz, Sound Buffer Size 100msec (350msec out of sync), Oversampling Factor 2x, Synchronization Method Exact
Under Settings Menu: SID Settings: SID Model 8580 (new), Stereo SID at $DE00
Under Settings Menu: Drive Settings 1581 (or 1541)
Under Options Menu: Video Standard, NTSC-M
Under Options Menu: Virtual Device traps checked. (Leave True Drive Emulation unchecked it is way too slow when checked.)
Under File Menu: Attach Disk Image, Drive 8, type .d81 (or .d64) virtual disk file (with Stereo Player Ver. 10.3 and .MUS and .STR files on it). Attach it.
Under File Menu: Attach Disk Image, Drive 9, type .d81 (or .d64) virtual disk file (with more .MUS and .STR files on it). Attach it.
Load and run the Stereoplayer Boot Program and press "N" and away you go. (I have to do a run, enter after it loads, as the comma 8 comma 1 doesn't make the automatic run work and the JiffyDOS British Pound symbol and command aren't emulated.)
Thanks to John Kaputa for supplying the above information.
Playing on a real c64 with UIEC2SD
Booting STEREOPLAYERV10.3 possibly lower versions on the UIEC2SD Jim Brain version.