Texas Instruments Speak & Read with 1/4" Output Jack

via this auction

“Vintage Texas Instruments Speak & Read with original vinyl case and accompanying book with a 1/4″ jack added. Tested with batteries and works great, some very slight cosmetic scuffs here and there and printing fading on the case, and an extra 1/4″ output jack has been added for speaker or headphone amplification.”

Ice Ice Baby – Old School Computer Remix Featuring Stephen Hawking DECtalk Vocals

Published on Jun 4, 2019 bd594

“Sorry, It has been a while since my last old school computer remix. Can someone tell me what phone number I am dialing? Hint listen to the other end answer the phone. The audio is optimized for stereo headphones. About 60% of my time was spent programming the DECTalk vocals for Ice Ice Baby. It was really tough to keep the vocals in sync. Back in 2009 I used a 8

Ploytec PL2 Logos Prototype Board on Kickstarter

Ploytec has launched the PL2 Logos prototype board on Kickstarter here. You can find two previous videos below this post in the archives here.

“At Superbooth19 in Berlin we showed a sample of the PL2 Logos prototype board. This PCB makes it a lot easier to translate English text to the allophones needed for Ploytec PL2 based speech synthesis (which is CTS256-AL2 / SP0256-AL2 emulation).


Superbooth 2019: Text-To-Speech Synth Ploytec prototype

Published on May 13, 2019 sonicstate

Ploytec Text-To-Speech

AE#82 Radio Shack Model 1 Voice Synthesizer Repair And Teardown

Published on Apr 15, 2019 Artifact Electronics

Demo comes in after 20 minutes. Funny how he has a conversation with it.

“Here we have a vintage Model 1 voice synthesizer. It worked for all of 10 minutes after I received it and then promptly started to malfunction. It gets repaired and then shows off it’s gift of gab.”

Also see: How Speech Synthesizers Work

LamdbaSpeak 3 – Audio Playback over CPC Speaker & Serial Interface

Published on Apr 6, 2019 Michael Wessel

“LambdaSpeak 3 audio output can now also be sent back into the CPC to be played over the CPC’s internal speaker, using mono SND pin of the expansion port. Hence, the final version of LambdaSpeak 3 will have 2 more DIP switches (one for left audio channel, one for right audio channel) that allow turning audio loop back on and off.

Also, the new serial

SPIEL | performance for prepared mouth

SPIEL | performance for prepared mouth from Peter van Haaften on Vimeo.

Created in Pure Data


Performed by Nien Tzu Weng

Spiel is an in-situ performance for prepared mouth.

​While absorbed in conversation you notice a stranger approaching. With a curious instrument affixed to their face the visitor leans in, and listens. The mouth opens, patterns of

How Speech Synthesizers Work

Published on Mar 9, 2019 The 8-Bit Guy

This one is in via Soviet Space Child.

Vocoding with Lucille Ball – Machine Made Voices! (1939)

Published on Apr 13, 2014 British Pathé

A bit more talk box than vocoder, but you get the idea.

“Titles read: “MACHINE MADE VOICES!”

Hollywood, California, United States of America.

In a Hollywood CBS recording studio we see American film star actress Lucille Ball telling us she has just travelled cross-country by train. She holds two small amplifiers against her throat and mouths some

Circuit Bent Kids Toy Meets Elektron Analog Heat

Published on Jan 7, 2019 Nostalgic Ruckus

“Plugging this kid’s toy into the Elektron Analog Heat. Lot’s of sound design capabilities. It’s a circuit bent Talking Teacher from 1985 by Patrick Gill aka Waterhed. Basic delay and reverb are added from the Analog Four MKI.”