For some platforms, tracking is also much closer to what is actually happening with how sounds are triggered versus the effects vs the event based aspect of MIDI.
It's a VSTi that can export to SID format.
Nevertheless i do find it tedious to have to recall the bitfields of the waveform register and wish often for an editor which minimizes such necessity. After griping to thr authour of Sidfactory II, i learned his sid editor at least fixes up wavetable branch commands when instruments lower on the table insert extra steps...
With programmed music, as you know, you don't get that. What you enter is what you get. You can hope that your DAW gives fantastically good defaults for all the subtle performance features, or even an interface to let you tweak them.
And here's the clue to those interfaces. They are very close to the hardware of the instrument (the SID chip) and the "performer" (the playback routine). When the SID tracker comes with a sound table and a filter table, for instance, that's because it's a very close mapping on how you make sound with this thing. Sure, they can always write "triangle wave" instead of $11, but if you know the instrument, you know that $11 is triangle wave anyway.
You know the difference between a typical composer working in a DAW writing a clarinet part, and a clarinetist working with a DAW writing a clarinet part. It's not that the former can never do a good job, it's just that Floex will in all likelihood do it better. And in the same way, you'd need to understand the chip as well as LMan, Mahoney or LFT do in order to get the best out of the instrument.
Musical staff is a ton of overhead to program.
Piano roll would be a good midpoint though.
And yes i wish they would ease off on the dern hex.
This MusicStudio tool does allow MIDI files to be imported for final tweaking and optimisation.
SIDPLAY is a Commodore 64 music player. It emulates the sound chip and other internals of the Commodore 64 home
computer to play back music that was originally written on it. The sound chip of the C64 is called the Sound
Interface Device or SID, and therefore this music is known as SID music. The SID chip is basically a three voice
synthesizer on a chip. The unusual combination of digital and analogue circuitry is the reason for its
It's no longer updated but still kinda relevant.