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Sounds

Texas Instruments invented around 1977 a novel approach to reproduce human speech with tuned voices stored in ROM’s (Read Only Memory). The speech synthesis circuit duplicated the human vocal tract on a single piece of silicon and with the Speak & Spell in 1978 a new talking learning aid for children was introduced. Based on this technology a huge variety of speaking toys and educational games followed. The famous Speak & Spell toy and releated products attracted soon the artists of circuit-bending, a technique to modify electronic soundmaking toys and use them as an experimental musical instruments.

The Datamath Calculator Museum provides you both sound samples of different Texas Instruments speech products and some sound records of bended toys from various artists.

Find more information about the Speak & Spell product family on some related pages:

Circuit-Bending           
Inside a Speak & Spell
Speech – Integrated Circuits


Downloading the Files

Just select which file you would like to listen from the table below. In order to use these files, you will need a MP3 player and a speaker system. With the RealOne Player or Winamp convenient MP3 player could be downloaded at no cost from RealNetworks resp. Nullsoft Inc.
Some tracks are very large, please notice the file size specification.
   

Copyright Notice

The sound tracks are copyright by their owners and made available as downloadable files by the Datamath calculator Museum. The files are made available solely for personal use.

 

Press the Play button and listen Speech Phrases and Sound Samples of
UNMODIFIED and BENDED Texas Instruments Products.
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Speech Phrases and Sound Samples of Unmodified Texas Instruments Products

    Product      Title     File Size Samples provided by

Buddy
Deutsch 144 kb    Martin Pscherer 
    Product      Title     File Size Samples provided by

La Dictée Magique
French 159 kb    Martin Pscherer 
Epelle 2 744 kb    Martin Pscherer 
    Product      Title     File Size Samples provided by

Language Translator
German 174 kb    Martin Pscherer 
    Product      Title     File Size Samples provided by

Speak & Spell compact
ABC 78 kb    Dirk Bohlig 
I am, You are  10 kb    Dirk Bohlig 
Letter Stumper: Begin  19 kb    Dirk Bohlig 
Letter Stumper: Correct  124 kb    Dirk Bohlig 
Letter Stumper: Wrong  25 kb    Dirk Bohlig 
Spelling: Level A  25 kb    Dirk Bohlig 
Perfect score  17 kb    Dirk Bohlig 
Complete level  132 kb    Dirk Bohlig 
Goodbye  3 kb    Dirk Bohlig 

 

Records of Bended Texas Instruments Speech Products

    Product      Title     File Size Composer, Contact Info

Speak & Music
Path of Logical 10 900 kb    tOYBREAKER :::, dethany 
    Product      Title     File Size Composer, Contact Info

Speak & Spell
I'm A Rhythm Machine 553 kb    MAS 2008, Twilight 76 Records

 

 

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© Joerg Woerner, November 05, 2003. No reprints without written permission.