Commodore 64

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Commodore 64
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Released: 1982-08-??
Discontinued: 1994-04-??
Developer: Commodore
Type: Hardware

The Commodore 64 is a home computer released by Commodore and the best-selling single model of personal computer in history. Unlike modern computers which boot into an operating system, the Commodore 64 boots into Commodore BASIC, a primitive programming language which used little memory, but also couldn't do much. Software was either typed in BASIC or loaded through peripheral devices like disk drives, cassette drives, or ROM cartridges.



Music and Sound

The Commodore 64 used the SID chip which featured three programmable pulse wave channels. With cleverly programmed audio drivers, it could be used to play sample-based music and even recognizable speech. Also Sound Expander and Voice Master were produced for this platform, but they were supported too poorly.