Re: Looking for documents for C64 music-editors

From: Linus Åkerlund (
Date: 2001-04-27 23:49:33

On Fri, Apr 27, 2001 at 07:08:55PM +0300, Marko Mäkelä wrote:
> > I am trying to produce some music on my old C64. Unfortunately, I have no 
> > idea how to do that (it's a little difficult for me...)! Since I downloaded 
> > many C64 music-editors I wanted to ask if you could help me out concerning 
> > documents for those editors.


> You can find lots of tunes at
> <URL:>.  Their init
> routine is at $1000 and play routine at $1003.  There are also some
> audio editors in the FUNET archive.

There's not a lack of good editors that come with good documentation.
I think the two most popular editors these days are JCH's editor and
various version of DMC.

You can get JCH's editor, with extensive documentation and many
different versions of the player, at

Different versions of DMC are available at the FTP sites.  The two
major versions in use are 4.x and 5.x.  I think 5.x is easier to use
(especially the filter settings), but I still think that many people
use 4.x, because it's been around forever and they're used to it.  I'm
not sure where you can find documentation, but some versions come with
docs, so if you search, you'll find it.

Another very well documented editor is Odie's Electric Music System
(EMS), which is available from  It has
context-sensitive online docs, which can be nice when you're learning
the editor.

Other editors worth a mention are Sid Duzz It by Geir Tjelta
(available from Shape's home page), Sidwinder by Taki/Natural Beat
(very good player, not the most newbie-friendly editor) and
Odintracker (nice user interface, and a player which eats heaps of
raster time and memory).

Good luck with your music making!

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