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First attempt at a S.A.M./MacInTalk speech synthesizer for the 2600. 

Lmk if this is interesting or useful to anyone and I will spend some time to clean it up and create tooling to make it more usable.

cheers

sam2600.rom

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This is amazing!! I remember playing around with S.A.M. so much back in the 80's on my C64. So much fun trying to get it to say things!

 

I think this will be very useful, especially if you're able to package it so people can incorporate it into their own games. Or if you can implement it as an add in module for batari Basic somehow.

 

I'll be showing this off on the next ZeroPage Homebrew Twitch stream on Tuesday!

 

- James

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We'll be checking out S.A.M. 2600 on tomorrow's (Tue Aug 4) ZeroPage Homebrew stream LIVE on Twitch at 11AM PT | 2PM ET | 6PM GMT! Hope everyone can watch!

 

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(SET VIDEO TO 1080P60 FOR FULL QUALITY)

 

 

 

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Very impressive. :thumbsup:

 

Can the white noise between the vowels be reduced?

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33 minutes ago, Thomas Jentzsch said:

Very impressive. :thumbsup:

 

Can the white noise between the vowels be reduced?

Yep. The unvoiced & fricative noise is a bit overwhelming at the moment, dialing it in with a slightly different method. cheers

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On 8/1/2020 at 9:52 AM, ZeroPage Homebrew said:

This is amazing!! I remember playing around with S.A.M. so much back in the 80's on my C64. So much fun trying to get it to say things!

 

I think this will be very useful, especially if you're able to package it so people can incorporate it into their own games. Or if you can implement it as an add in module for batari Basic somehow.

 

I'll be showing this off on the next ZeroPage Homebrew Twitch stream on Tuesday!

 

- James

History, Tools & Documentation now posted at https://rossumblog.com/2020/08/15/s-a-m-2600/,https://github.com/rossumur/SAM2600

cheers

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It sounds a lot like Atari ST Speech... but not as understandable. 

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On 8/15/2020 at 12:51 PM, rossum said:

History, Tools & Documentation now posted at https://rossumblog.com/2020/08/15/s-a-m-2600/,https://github.com/rossumur/SAM2600

cheers

Cool project! :) I liked your innovative research on your site delving into 1920's retro tech; the circuit bending example with the two oscillators.

 

Amazing use of that pioneering technology in it's emergent state to create and apply those optimizations over SAM to get the footprint under 4k. Very interesting read!    

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in 2011, Szuwarek presented the speech synthesis procedure on the Atari 2600. Here is an example.

 

 

 

but the SAM one sounds so much better.

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On 8/1/2020 at 9:17 AM, rossum said:

image.thumb.png.0a48277d5b0cf8669059cbccdc2bcefe.png

 

First attempt at a S.A.M./MacInTalk speech synthesizer for the 2600. 

Lmk if this is interesting or useful to anyone and I will spend some time to clean it up and create tooling to make it more usable.

cheers

sam2600.rom 4 kB · 111 downloads

Hello,

 

I wish to add voices to my new homebrew game Stratovox 2600.

 

The game was made in batari Basic using the DPC+ kernel.

I think that your speech synthesizer will be useful for that.

 

Can you provide me some info of your software ?

Let me know.

 

Thanks

 

Carlos

RaymanC

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