Comparison of C64 Music Editors

I have created a large HTML table that compares a lot of music editors on the Commodore 64.


You can use it for a ton of things. How much CPU time does a player from that editor use? How many SID chips does it support? Does it have multispeed? How many instruments can it have? Does it have this or that feature in a table? Almost anything you can imagine, this table aims to deliver.

And if it doesn’t – or you have an update – just throw me a comment in this blog post.

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March 8, 2018: Double-checked and updated player sizes and rasterline numbers.
March 4, 2018: Added DefleMask 0.12.0.
March 2, 2018: Added capability rows for arpeggio and vibrato in the Player section.
March 1-2, 2018: Added capability rows for pulsating and filtering in the Player section.
February 28, 2018: Used SIDDump to measure and update some of the rasterline numbers.
February 27, 2018: An Unsticky Table button can now be used if the table won’t display properly.
February 26, 2018: Added SidTracker 64 1.0.3.
February 25, 2018: Added DMC 5.0.
February 24, 2018: First version with 10 editors.

9 comments on “Comparison of C64 Music Editors

  1. Great work!
    Here are some clarifications/suggestions for the Blackbird column:
    Subtunes: No
    Player noteworthy: Stream from disk
    CPU time: Max 18 rasterlines
    Legato/tie note: Yes (clear instr column)
    Specify finetune: Set in FX table
    Chord/Arp/Freq additional effects: Finetune, vibrato

  2. Thanks.

    I’ve updated the table with your suggestions, except the one about legato. I think it already indicates that it’s set in the instrument column? (It’s in the section about the note column.)

  3. Hi JCH!

    Just a little note about sid duzz it:

    Arpeggio, Glide, Vibrato,
    Attack, Sustain, Release
    Filter on/off.

    (You can’t set Decay)

  4. For most of them, yes.

    It’s even in the table – look in the Package section, there’s a Documentation row. Most editors have documentation with them in the archive, and many also have built-in help pages as well.

  5. Hello! I’ve provided you a different and more extensive version of DMC docs via Chipmusic forum.

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