Talko Kit

Talko is a DIY Eurorack LPC speech synthesizer - Have your modular speak out the CV, the LPC, 8 bits, vintage way!


This is a full kit suitable for the Eurorack format


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$109.99

Details

Details

This module is performing real-time LPC synthesis to produce intelligible voice or … not if you choose to.

The module produces sounds in 3 major modes: Speech, Repeat and VCO.
In Speech mode, the speech starts with a gate signal and complete before waiting for a new gate signal. The speech has the priority.

In Speech mode, the speech starts with a gate signal and complete before waiting for a new gate signal. The speech has the priority.

In Repeat mode, the speech starts and stops with the gate signal going high or low. The gate has the priority and the speech repeats while the gate is high. This mode is very useful to create crazy rhythms.

In VCO mode, the LPC engine loops while the gate is high, producing steady notes. The VCO mode can also produce sound using white noise instead of tones, making strange throat sounds.

The sound synthesis can be altered via CV signals to affect pitch, speed, bending.

Talko is an Arduino-based synthesizer developed under open-source hardware and software.
Its firmware can be updated via the onboard USB port.
The module can be powered via USB if needed.

The PCB has a breakout section connected to 4 of the ATmega328p free pins for hacking (included A4 & A5 for the I2C bus)

Banks

A rotary encoder is used to select the bank, while its button can be used to simulate the gate going high and have the module speak when pressed.

0: Digits (from 0 to 9) male voice
1: Digits (from 0 to 9) female voice
2: Spell the Alphabet
3: Nato alphabet
4: Vocabulary
5: Big numbers
6: Voltmeter (reading the CV voltage from the Sound entry)
7: Frequency meter (just saying “Hertz” instead of “Volts”)
8: Counter (each gate trigger increments the counter while any change on the Sound entry resets it)
9: Number radio (each gate trigger a 4 number sequence while any change on the Sound entry triggers a new “transmission”)
10: Timer: time elapsed since the last cv reset (each gate triggers telling the time in minutes/seconds while any cv change on the Sound entry resets the clock to zero)
11: Random vocabulary (62 words)
12: Sentences
13: French vowels “a e i o u”
14: French Digits (from 0 to 9) male voice

Panel

Please note that all CV pots are also acting as voltage attenuators.
When using a CV signal you may want to turn the knob fully clockwise unless you want to attenuate the incoming signal.

Mode Switch

The switch as 3 positions to set the mode between Speech mode (position: up) , Repeat (position: middle) mode or VCO (position: low).
In Repeat mode, the gate has the priority and the speech is active only while the gate level is high. Playing with the gate length or duty cycle allows making nice shopping effects.

In Speech mode, the speech has the priority and will complete before starting again on the new gate signal

in VCO mode :
Speed is not active (unless Bending is turned to zero, see below)
Bending becomes note pitch
when Bending (note pitch) is turned to zero, the LPC tone is replaced with the white noise generator and the Speed affects the noise volume. 
Note : bending can be active in all modes and the Bending pot has then 2 functions in VCO mode (Bending & Pitch)

Sound jack & pot

CV signal in allows to choose the words or phrases to be said. 
Any change on the Sound entry reset the counter in bank N°8 and start a new transmission in Bank 9.

Gate jack

A high level high start the complete sound in Speech mode. (regardless of its length)

If the mode switch is on Repeat , the gate will start the sound and repeat it as long as the gate level stays high.

If the mode switch is on VCO, the gate will start a tone and hold it as long as the gate level stays high.

Bend Switch

If the bend is on, the bend pot … well, distorts the sound.

Speed jack & pot

Change the speed of the voice

Pitch jack & pot

Change the pitch of the voice and change the noise volume in VCO mode

Bend jack & pot

Change the amount of bending or the pitch of the tone in VCO mode.

Specs & Downloads

Specs & Downloads

manufacturer FEEDBACK
HP 10
Depth 30mm
+12V 65mA
-12V 0mA
+5V 0mA
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