vocal synth… appearing soon + interview
… just finished wiring up a two-voice vocal synthesizer with a pair of SP0256-AL2 narrator speech chips, dual 4-step pitch sequencers, glide, LFO, speech data storage on EPROM, trigger inputs for word and pitch change, voice crossfader, variable speech rate. Here’s a preliminary video with a harmony and some phoneme sounds. It will sing in English soon. But we have to think of some lyrics and burn them on the EPROM first… this is based on an older circuit of mine, analog controlled speech synthesizer.
PS I just updated that page with schematics and perfboard layout, in case you have a lonely SP0256-AL2 waiting for a chance to jabber.
The vocal synth will debut at SXSW Interactive on 3/13 when Bodytronix plays Dorkbot at Brush Square Park. We’re playing a bunch more gigs coming up so maybe we will see you.
- Sat. 3/13 6PM - Dorkbot 23 at SXSW Interactive (RSVP event)… located in Brush Square Park right outside the Austin convention center.
- Tues 3/16 8:30 PM - AWTHUMFETHT 2010 at the Independent (located in 501 Studios)
- Tues 3/16 11:00 PM - Club 1808 (1808 E. 12th St, Austin) w/ Reverse X-Rays, MANY MORE!!
- Sat 3/20 3:00 PM - Handmade Music Austin #6 at Salvage Vanguard Theatre
- April 22-24th (TBA) - Bent Festival ‘10 (The Tank NYC)
I’m working on a new DIY project for folks to build at Handmade Music Austin 6. Tune In Tokyo started out as an experiment with the 74HC594 chip, and it turned out sounding crazy. YES, I’m aware of the of nipple reference. XD XD XD
And finally . . .
Sailormouth, another Texas circuit maestro, interviewed me recently and you can read it here on GetLoFi.com. Sailormouth’s work covers a good combination of circuit bending, original circuitry, mods, and microcontrollers. Thanks for the interview my friend.