Sidstation

The Sidstation was the synthesizer that started it all. It will always have a special place in the Elektron heart.

If you have ever used a Commodore 64 home computer you are most likely aware of the catchy music featured in games like Last Ninja, Monty on the Run or Arkanoid. Not only were the melodies great, but the sound was also something else. Grainy, lively and full. This was all thanks to the little MOS6581 sound chip. When Elektron started out as a company we figured it would be nice to offer a synthesizer based on this chip. So we did. And the rest is history.

The architecture of the Sidstation was quite simple, but the three oscillators, three envelopes, four LFO’s and the dirty analogue filter were capable of extraordinary results.

The Sidstation is now sold out and discontinued due to the fact that 6581 chips were getting harder and harder to find. But the spirit of the Sidstation lives on inside the Monomachine, which features a faithful emulation of those classic SID oscillators.

Gone, but not forgotten!

Downloads

Last updated: 2011-09-16
Category
Name
Updated
Format
Manual
Sidstation Manual
2008-05-23
PDF

The Sidstation tome of knowledge. Note that you need a pdf viewer to read the document.

Patch
Factory Patch Pack
2008-05-23
SYX

A patch pack containing all the factory presets.

Patch
Patch Pack Klaus P. Rausch
2008-05-23
SYX

Sidstation patches made by Klaus P. Rausch.

Patch
Patch Pack Ninja
2008-05-23
SYX

Sidstation patch pack with an Eastern vibe. Originally released for the Sidstation Ninja special edition.

Patch
Patch Pack Giraya
2011-09-16
SYX

The Giraya patch pack.

Application
ASID
2009-12-22
EXE/DMG

The ASID software allows you to play C64 songs directly on your Sidstation.

Downloads

Last updated: 2011-02-07
Category
Name
Updated
Format
Wallpaper
Elektron +Drive
2010-03-22
JPG

Decorate your computer with an Elektron themed wallpaper.

Wallpaper
Cog Wheel Logo
2010-03-22
JPG

Decorate your computer with an Elektron themed wallpaper.

Wallpaper
Machinedrum Xerox
2010-03-22
JPG

Decorate your computer with an Elektron themed wallpaper.

Wallpaper
Monomachine Xerox
2010-03-22
JPG

Decorate your computer with an Elektron themed wallpaper.

Wallpaper
Octatrack Xerox
2011-02-07
JPG

Decorate your computer with an Elektron themed wallpaper

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy a Sidstation from you?

No. We are all out of them.

I have a spare SID-chip. Could you use that to make me a Sidstation?

No. We only made a matching number of casings and PCBs for the amount of SID-chips we had left.

Where can I get hold of the Sidstation manual?

The Sidstation manual can be downloaded in the Sidstation Downloads section.

I have a problem with my Sidstation. What should I do?

Please contact Elektron Support. The support form is found in your Customer Zone account. If you don't yet have an account you can register one here.