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SID (revision 37.1)
by Sebastian "Fraggie" Szczepaniak
posted on 2018-03-21

Newer Plug-in Available! Click here to view SIDevo (4.5) instead.

XMP-SID is a plugin for XMPlay for playing Commodore 64 SID music, featuring:

  • high quality playback
  • cycle exact C64 emulation by libsidplay2 and reSID engine
  • PSID, RSID (+BASIC), Sidplayer (+stereo) and C64 executable files (PRG) loading
  • neat sound effects (configurable stereo separation, surround and fadeout)
  • SLDB (song-length database) support
  • advanced song length manipulation
  • STIL (SID Tune Information List) and BUGList comments displaying (also with archived HVSC and files outside of HVSC directory)
  • Favourite Top 100 SIDs rank displaying
  • PlaySID tags and Sidplayer comments displaying
  • fast time-based seeking
  • configurable C64 emulation
  • configurable output
  • subsong switching

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#42 - aTinyPony commented this file on 2021-10-04, 02:29:44
Never mind me, updated version in bright red box at top of page, i'll show myself out now

#41 - aTinyPony commented this file on 2021-10-04, 02:26:19
hasn't been updated to use the new Md5 format of the HVSC song lengths database

#40 - lensman rated this file 5 stars on 2021-02-04, 20:21:09
beautiful work,i actually prefer this to using my 64 to listen to music now!

#39 - Corak rated this file 2 stars on 2018-05-06, 05:35:40
New version r37.1 crashes:
Example tune: http://coraksoft1.narod.ru/temp/sid/Walkman_-_This_Year_2_tune_5.sid
r36.0 working normally

#38 - LagMonster rated this file 4 stars on 2017-12-20, 09:29:59
Took a little fiddling to to get it working, but once that was done(rev- 36.347 in XMplay

To those experiencing crashes:
Try swapping your output plugin, No matter what XMP-SID refused to run together with ASIO output(Presonus S/C & driver).
Once i switched to WASAPI @ 24bit/96Khz to match my ASIO settings, but ofc, pick what's optimal for your particular card.

#37 - Barrack Bombama rated this file 2 stars on 2017-10-01, 08:29:13
constantly crashed, as FF/RW not properly(100% single core usage?) implemented(why not use x100 speed to 'jump' to selected place?) - on restart in the middle of the track it try resume the position, the same thing you can reproduce if choose second subsong and get back to the previous one.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: xmplay-382-26.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 59319a28
Fault Module Name: xmp-sid-36.dll
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 5603f0f5
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00020056
OS Version: 6.3.9600.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 5861
Additional Information 2: 5861822e1919d7c014bbb064c64908b2
Additional Information 3: a10f
Additional Information 4: a10ff7d2bb2516fdc753f9c34fc3b069

#36 - K commented this file on 2017-08-19, 10:03:05
r36 does not play PSIDs :( Also crashes randomly when playing other sid files.

#35 - Dhry rated this file 5 stars on 2015-01-13, 20:52:43
Revision 35 is out.

#34 - Corak commented this file on 2014-06-17, 23:35:51
Execllent Plugin! Exellent features, and sounding... But Seems it's too overloaded. It uses 900-1200mhz as minimum and highly slowsdown OS when playing. Sadly. Can u optimize it?

#33 - rudz commented this file on 2014-01-13, 19:22:22
Seems there is some skipping when starting a new sid. I can't produce this with any other music format, so it must be the plug-in.

#32 - tutri rated this file 5 stars on 2013-09-14, 06:39:13
I LOVE this, thank you so much! I've been using Foobar with its own SID plugin so far, which are good in their own right, but XMPlay and your plugin are a notch above!

#31 - Sergo rated this file 5 stars on 2013-03-31, 22:50:45
Sorry, I don't saw the rating stars/

#30 - Sergo commented this file on 2013-03-31, 22:49:01
Thank You for this Plugin/
Commodore (music) stay living in my soul!

#29 - gn0 rated this file 2 stars on 2012-12-18, 19:35:44
Extreme seeking problem. this time terrible, however nice sound quality.

#28 - Anone. rated this file 1 star on 2012-11-10, 19:37:46

#27 - Ville rated this file 5 stars on 2012-10-02, 19:29:49
@mahir256, To overcome the default 5 minute SID length, open "Options and stuff" (monkey wrench at the top bar of XMPlay), then navigate Plugins -> Input -> SID. There enter your HVSC Documents folder (as downloaded from http://www.hvsc.c64.org/). You should get "SLDB: 40400 entries" or similar at the bottom. (SLDB as in SID Length DataBase.) You can also untick "Disable seeking" from that same menu.

#26 - Gaetano Chiummo commented this file on 2012-08-29, 11:25:31
It looks like the mixer option has been disabled... I don't understand why... is there any place to get the old versions of this plug-in?

#25 - thenerd commented this file on 2012-07-25, 15:12:51
Great! The sounds sound just like my C64.

#24 - mahir256 rated this file 3 stars on 2012-05-20, 17:24:10
The SIDs play nice, but all of them are apparently 5 minutes long and skipping ahead or back is not working out.

#23 - Nomi rated this file 5 stars on 2012-03-31, 13:08:07
thanx. very usefull!!

#22 - Zenon rated this file 5 stars on 2011-09-29, 08:23:59
Nice !!!

#21 - r00t rated this file 2 stars on 2011-06-18, 13:32:35
seeking is disabled? and if enabled, seeking will hang xmplay badly now

#20 - SaxxonPike commented this file on 2011-06-16, 19:26:24
Oops, sorry :) Meant to say 25d had filters that sounded correctly. My Sevenfunk SID sounds really messed up in 26 and up.

#19 - SaxxonPike commented this file on 2011-06-16, 19:17:46
I had Rev 27 and its filter is all wrong. Rev 28's filter sounds the same. Rev 26 sounded good.

#18 - jumanji commented this file on 2011-05-26, 22:07:43
Dla XP rev 28 to kompletna porażka - dość ostro zamula procka.
Wersja rev 26 nie miała tego błędu!

#17 - jumanji commented this file on 2011-05-26, 21:58:38
SID (rev 28) silts the processor - rev 26 work ok

#16 - Rudy Alex Kohn rated this file 5 stars on 2011-05-24, 18:10:09
Nice plugin!!!

#15 - Scott Deakin rated this file 5 stars on 2010-06-26, 02:44:29
Just to let you know that there is a more up-to-date version of the DLL here:


bryc - you might want to try getting your songs from HVSC as they update them in line with libsidplay2 which this uses.

Nice plugin!

#14 - 8Bit Music Collector commented this file on 2009-03-20, 21:27:48
Sorry my english is evil :)

chunkyMunky wrote --> "But is there any way to select subtunes?"

By clicking the forward Botton per right Mouse Click :o)

This Plugin is very great, i pick a little Reverb to Sid Playing, this sounds spatially

Greetings to all YM / OPL, Sid, Vintage-Chip / 8bit Music Fans ;)

#13 - Mordor rated this file 5 stars on 2009-01-28, 14:22:18
Disregard that. Right click on skip button.

#12 - SaxxonPike rated this file 4 stars on 2008-08-26, 20:49:53
Most tunes have a nasty DC offset. Try disk-recording some songs - the center of the wave isn't in the middle :(

Otherwise superb sound and many options!

#11 - Alex Barringer rated this file 4 stars on 2007-12-29, 15:20:24
I do like this plug-in and the sounds are very similar to the C-64's SID chip the MOS 6581 although I did see a couple of errors in the description of this plug-in.

First of the Commodore C64 SID chip is not a stereo chip, it's mono and always has been. The only other way you could get stereo, rather I should say simulated stereo was to get a Doctor Evil Studios cartridge that connects through the expansion port in the back and use the SIDs in that device. Ironically, it's still not stereo, it's dual mono but with two different SID chips on each channel (left and right), it also required special programming.

Even though the C64/C128 have AM sound vs. FM sound, it still beat the hell out of the early AdLib, AdLib Gold, and Original Sound Blaster. I would like thank you for introducing a SID chip emulator and sound engine so that the people of the future get to hear what the music and sound effects were like way back when.

P.S. I am an electronic engineer and computer programmer, I started on a Commodore Vic-20 when I was a kid, then in time had all the Commodores, including the Amiga line as well. I must say, they were quite a good learning experience and I had a lot of fun as a kid too with the C64 and C128.

Keep up the good work....

#10 - Simon Miller rated this file 4 stars on 2007-05-18, 14:30:48
Jammer's right. Have to down my rating. boo! I'm finding this is a good alternative player. Can't we plug this into XMplay? Pretty please! Still, this is an awesome plug-in as is, and I love it. The link below is for people to try if the songs don't sound right. Not many of them though. Found my first only today! (after days of use!)

Keep up the good work.


#9 - Simon MIller rated this file 5 stars on 2007-05-17, 10:24:02
By the way, chunkyMunky , You right-click on the forwards and rewind buttons to go between the sub-songs.

#8 - Simon Miller commented this file on 2007-05-17, 10:21:06
Don't know if Jammer is right - but what I've played sounds great! But one question I have, regards Internation Karate byt Rob Hubbard. It cuts off after 5 minutes - so, how do I get XMPlay to know its bigger! I can't over-ride it in the library?

#7 - Anders Elmén rated this file 5 stars on 2007-02-09, 21:16:45
This Plug rocks! Thanks to Sebastian.

MooN/Flash Inc.

#6 - jammer commented this file on 2006-10-07, 16:52:51
sorry for posting one above another. i cannot omit the fact that one thing is brilliant - switching between subtunes with shift and free navigation within subtune really really rock!!! i guess that more c-64 like sound will be available along with enabled 'method' option ;)

#5 - jammer rated this file 4 stars on 2006-10-07, 16:36:39
i cannot give it 5 stars because... it's based exactly on sidplay 2/w which has totally screwed up hi pass filter. i strongly recommend listening to sidplay 2 for winamp or vice - they sound in the way they should sound. xmplay can import winamp's sidplay 2 which is still unbeatable (except vice and goat tracker - they sound the same) ;)

#4 - piovrauz rated this file 5 stars on 2006-10-05, 07:43:32

#3 - chunkyMunky rated this file 5 stars on 2006-09-18, 06:44:30
Excellent Plug! Best SID implementation I've seen in a media player.
But is there any way to select subtunes?

#2 - aLoner rated this file 4 stars on 2006-05-26, 21:45:52
Would be the best, but some after a while playing XMPlay mysteriously quits and I don't know what to do then (?).

#1 - raina rated this file 5 stars on 2006-05-14, 11:37:37
By far the best tool for playing back SIDs on software. Seamlessly integrating with my favorite (once module, now all-round) music player is just grand.