Flame Announces MIDI Talking Synth
Flame has introduced a MIDI Talking Synth module, a small-sized MIDI-controlled sound module based on the analog Speakjet Chip, produced by Magnevation LLC. Originally designed for artificially generated speech, it was then refined and further developed as an 8-bit sound module with speech-like sounds and synthetic robot voices as well as beeps, alarms, noise and retro-style sci-fi sounds.
Due to the structure of the Speakjet (with its complex sound synthesizer, preset sounds and serial interface) it offers an impressive range of possibilities. It contains 72 basic speech elements, dubbed allophones, 43 sound effects, and 12 DTM touch tones. The idea was to create sounds, patterns and sequences in the 8-bit style of the 80s or other retro sounds for making music instead of just simulating speech. Most allophones can be tuned and used tonally. The Flame MIDI Talking Synth contains two Speakjet chips to produce a richer and more complex tonal variety as well as generating a pseudo stereo effect.
Since the Speakjet has not originally been laid out for the purpose of making music it is actually not fully controllable via MIDI input, i.e. once sounds are triggered they cannot be directly stopped by Note Off messages from a MIDI keyboard or a sequencer. (then why call it a “MIDI Talking Synth” –Ed.) Thus a MIDI-controlled audio tremolo has been implemented in the Flame MIDI Talking Synth virtually allowing MIDI control and enabling an easier integration into a MIDI setup. The Synth lets you play back preset words in its Expander mode via an external MIDI keyboard or a sequencer. In addition you can use the Synth as a stand-alone MIDI controller since all controls and joysticks send MIDI control/change data to the MIDI-OUT connector.
No pricing or availability has been announced. More information on the Flame MIDI Talking Synth.