MIDI Narrator – A DIY, MIDI-Controlled Vintage Speech Synthesizer

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Rare Waves MIDI Narrator – Vintage Speech Synth DIY Kit

Published on Oct 4, 2018 EA78751

“MIDI Narrator is a fun MIDI-controlled vintage speech synthesizer. This DIY electronics kit from Rare Waves is for creative musicians, audio producers, and sound designers. It features the SP0256-AL2 speech synthesizer chip. These chips were used in 1980’s home computers and arcade games. This kit lets you play all of its sounds from a MIDI controller or

Prentke Romich Touch Talker TT-DB Assisted Learning PRC Teacher (Voice Synth)

Published on Jul 7, 2015 Amanda Alfaro

I spotted an auction for a Touch Talker TT-DB below. I was curious what it sounded like so I did a quick search on YouTube and found the above. It’s $299 on iTunes: LAMP Words For Life – Prentke Romich Company! The original hardware version below utilized Smoothtalker or DECTalk speech synthesis, and was built to interface with the Apple IIe, II+, and


Published on Aug 4, 2018 Polaxis

“Emy playing a phonetic file while displaying the text on a BA63 display.(thank to a MikroElektronika click board attached to Emy’s mikroBUS port)”

deltAdata : iAccept ( lofi hiphop samplr outdoor live jam, Stephen Hawking voice generator)

Published on Jul 9, 2018 deltAdata

iTunes: Samplr – Touch the Music – Marcos Alonso

“Lofi hiphop electronica ish samplr live jam performance with Stephen Hawking voice generator !

The text of the speech is from a french anonym letter send to a news paper, i translated it with the help of google translate and corrected what i found wrong, so maybe there still is some translation problems… i

SHARP COMPET CS6500 Japanese First Talking Calculator 1980 Speech Synth

via this auction

“this is very rare SHARP COMPET CS6500 japanese talking calculator
it was first Japanese talking calculator! 1980
it talking japanese language with electronic voice when push each buttons
and it also possible to playback your calculating process with voice
you can change voice pitch(speed) low,middle,high amazing!”

Cram Commodore 64 speech synthesis into your rack with this firmware

The open hardware Braids macro oscillator gets an alternative firmware that brings new features – including a speech engine known from the Commodore 64 days. Speech synth means modular synthesis:

Mutable Instruments’ open, digital modules have been one of the best things about the modern modular revolution. And this alternative firmware is a great example of that. Without removing any of the existing Braids 1.9 features, you get new oscillator powers.

The banner feature here is the robotic text-to-speech engine SAM (Software Automated Mouth), known from the Commodore 64. Here’s that engine in action – glitchy and distinctive:

Naturally, that opens up some wild possibilities once you patch into it in a modular environment. Listen to this firmware demo for an idea:

It’s also very fun how this works:

There are three SAM entries in the oscillator model list, named SAM1 to SAM3. Each of these SAM models contain 16 different words.

SAM is configured to work similarly to a granular sampler. By changing Timbre, you “scrub” through the word selected by Color. With Timbre at 0 position, SAM is playing the first grain of the current word. With Timbre fully clockwise, SAM is playing the last grain of the current word. The speed of an envelope can control how fast SAM says the word, independent of the pitch.

If you send SAM a trigger it will automatically play the word, starting from the current grain, at the “natural” speed of the word. In this situation, the pitch input controls both the speed and pitch of the output.

It’s not all that’s on offer, though. You also get six oscillators, evenly spaced:

6xsaw, 6xsquare, 6xtriangle, 6xsine. 6 oscillators starting at the 1v/oct input, spaced evenly across the currently selected quantize scale. Color controls the number of scale steps between oscillators, and Timbre scans through various amplitude settings for the 6 oscillators. When the Braids quantizer is turned off, the oscillators are evenly spaced by semitones (controlled by Color)

There’s already a model of this on VCV Rack, so even if you don’t have the discontinued Braids hardware, it should be possible to use in software. I’ll see about forking it and report back. The Macro Oscillator under Audible Instruments would be the obvious starting place. (Any other Braids fans, other stuff you’d want to see in an ideal fork of the module? Maybe we can make a wishlist. Macro Macro?)

Via Richard Devine.

Here’s the firmware:


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Atarivox+ Speech Synthesizer Review | Gray Defender

Published on May 16, 2018 GRay Defender

via Atari Age

“The AtariVox+ is a self-contained speech/music synthesizer and memory card for the Atari 2600 and 7800, Vectrex, and other video game consoles with compatible controller ports.

The heart of the unit is the SpeakJet–an amazing chip with phonetic speech, preset sounds and a five channel music synthesizer. All of these are controlled by


via this auction

“Another VTech talky box here, and this is one of the best yet! 4 Glitch Buttons. 8 Way Rotary Glitch Source Switch. 1/4″ Mono Output Jack. Distortion Knob & Disable Switch. Fizz Knob.”

You can find a video previously posted here.

deltAdata : upside-down (keytar circuit electronica live, Stephen Hawking)

Published on Feb 19, 2018 deltAdata

“Keytar novation circuit electronica live jam in my garden.

custom samples and custom patchs only.

I used Stephen Hawking voice generator for the voice (added after the live record), audio was recorded with line 6 sonic port vx on ipad mini and processed with reaper on PC.
Filmed with xperia z3c and ipad mini.
Video effect made with after effects and the