[DECtalk], Re: Wonder why Dectalk sings?

  • From: shaun everiss <shaun.e@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2004 22:00:08 +1200

Well there is a 8mb .au file someware on the archive which has his demos.
However except for that old recording, no info.
At 09:38 p.m. 17/07/2004, you wrote:

>Dennis Klat is/was aparently somebody very much into synthetic speech.
>Aparently he actually designed the first versions of Dectalk.  Sorry, I
>don't have enough historical perspective to answer this question correctly,
>so anybody feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
>Jayson.
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "DR. JAWS" <dh012e2025@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>To: <dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Saturday, July 17, 2004 5:06 AM
>Subject: [DECtalk], Re: Wonder why Dectalk sings?
>
>
> > sorry if I sound ignorant, but who the heck is Dennis Klat?
> > E-mail me!
> > dh012e2025@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > or visit my web site!
> > http://www.horspool.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
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> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Dectalk@xxxxxxx
> > To: dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Cc: Bickconctr@xxxxxxx
> > Sent: Saturday, July 17, 2004 3:47 AM
> > Subject: [DECtalk], Re: Wonder why Dectalk sings?
> >
> >
> > WRONG!  Dennis Klat wanted to do something special for his Daughter's
> > birthday.  So he stayed up all night figuring a way to get Dectalk to
>sing.  "Happy
> > Birthday" was the very first song.
> > They wouldn't dare take the singing out.  I have well over 1000 song files
> > for Dectalk, 2 music CD's, and I do Concerts using Dectalk.  Plus I work
>with
> > Gallaudet and Phonix and everyone knows I would be fit to be tied if
>Dectalk
> > stopped singing.
> >
> > Say, can wav files be shared on this list?  I have Dectalk doing Karaoke
>that
> > I think you guys would enjoy.
> >
> >
> > SNOOPI BOTTEN
> >
> >
> >
> > In a message dated 7/16/2004 9:36:30 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> > ratguy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
> > That's probably right, somebody probably just put the singing in there as
>a
> > fun toy to play with, figuring nobody would ever do much with it, and
>maybe
> > it would even get removed when some new, more important feature needed to
>be
> > added (let's hope that never happens!).
> > Now, on to the comments that any synth can sing.  Actually, if I
>understand
> > everything correctly, the synthesizers that use actual bits of recorded
> > human speech can't sing, or if they can it's very contrived.  I'm talking
> > about synths like AT&T Natural Voices.  I don't think you can change the
> > pitch on that one.  Also, it is true that any synth which has a fine
>enough
> > pitch control can, by definition, sing.  However, the Dectalk singing is
> > actually designed to be used for singing, it has vibrato and all that.
> > Whereas, the Blazie notetakers were never designed to sing, and look what
> > Jeff Rutkowski pulled off.  However, since it wasn't designed to sing, it
> > isn't as good as it would have been if singing had been in the design.
>You
> > get delays between each syllable, while the synth processes the pitch
>change
> > commands.
> > Jayson.
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "shaun everiss" <shaun.e@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > To: <dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Sent: Friday, July 16, 2004 8:07 PM
> > Subject: [DECtalk], Re: Wonder why Dectalk sings?
> >
> >
> > > iNTERESTING JASON
> > > i DON'T KNOW, BUT IT PROBABLY WAS A FANCY ADDON TOY.
> > > aND i THOUGHT IT WAS.
> > > tILL THAT IS YOU GET THE ARCHIVE
> > > iTS LIKE STARTREK.
> > > iTS JUST TV
> > > bUT IT TOOK OFF.
> > > sIMULAR TO TE DECTALK SINGING.
> > > fIRST THE SYNTH SANG, THEN IT SANG TO MUSIC.
> > > tHEN SMART GUYS START USING IT TO CREATE LOADS OF STUFF.
> > > aND NOW ITS BIG!
> > > dECTALK MAY HAVE STARTED AS SPEECH, BUT IT IS AN INSTRUMENT NOW.
> > > At 10:26 p.m. 16/07/2004, you wrote:
> > >
> > > >I've always wondered something which maybe nobody knows.  Probably
> > somebody
> > > >does, but they probably aren't on this list.  Why is Dectalk able to
>sing
> > in
> > > >the first place?  I wonder who put that ability there, what purpose it
> > was
> > > >intended to serve or if it just seemed like a fun thing to do at the
>time
> > or
> > > >whatever.  Maybe when they were designing the Dectalk system they had
> > some
> > > >extra space left on the rom chip and didn't want it to go to waste.
>Who
> > > >knows.
> > > >Just a thought.
> > > >Jayson.
> > > >
> > > >
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