Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 36 / MAY 1983 / PAGE 265

Voice Box II For Atari

The Alien Group announces the Voice Box II, a programmable speech synthesizer for Atari 400/ 800 computers. The Voice Box II requires a 32K disk system, and has the following features:

  • The ability to speak with inflection.
  • The ability to speak in foreign languages with correct foreign spelling as input.
  • The ability to sing with voice and three-part music.
  • A library of 30 famous songs.
  • A music system that allows the user to enter new songs.
  • Software that can convert the bottom two rows of the Atari keyboard into a piano with a range of 3Vz octaves using the shift and control keys.
  • Programmable musical sound effects such as tremolo, vibrato, and glissando.
  • A singing human face with lip-sync animation designed by Jerry White.
  • A talking or singing Alien face with software that allows the user to change the face as he sees fit.
  • A talk and spell program by Ron Kramer. Users can program any vocabulary for this spelling game. The program can speak in a foreign language, and the user must spell the correct word in English, or vice versa.
  • The screen never blanks out while talking or singing.
  • Singing or speaking subroutines can be incorporated into your programs, requiring as little as 100 bytes of RAM plus 5 bytes for each word.
  • Sound comes out of the TV – no extra components are required. Expander module is not needed.
  • The Alien Group's Voice Box II
  • Entries into the $5000 talking or singing game contest can be written using the Voice Box II – contest information is enclosed.

The Alien Group
27 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010