Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 51 / AUGUST 1984 / PAGE 135

New Speech Synthesizers

Three new Voice Box speech synthesizers have been introduced by The Alien Group, two of which are designed for Apple II and Apple-compatible computers. The third is for any machine which has a standard (RS-232C) serial port.

Using a new speech chip, the programs produce speech directly from English text, adding inflection either automatically or according to numbers inserted by the user. All units have an unlimited vocabulary, and can speak with a male or female voice, fast or slow, or loud or soft, depending on what commands are added to the text. It is not necessary to mark syllable boundaries or to use phoneme spelling when adding intonation.

The Voice Box 3m model, designed for the Apple, retails for $129. Voice Box 3i, also for the Apple, costs $219. Prices include a Voice Box board, disk software, and external speaker.

The Voice Box 3s, which can connect to any computer via the standard RS-232C serial interface, includes an integral speaker and retails for $269.

The Alien Group
27 West 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 741-1770

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