July 20, 2011 | In: Hardware by Stamba

Techni Musique Synthétiseur Vocal

Here is the Techni Musique Synthétiseur Vocal for Commodore 64. Built in 1984 by the french company Techni Musique based in Clermont-Ferrand. This unit has also been massively produced for the Amstrad 464/6128 and distributed in primary schools with the “Plan informatique pour tous”. Unfortunately the Commodore 64 hadn’t a big success in France so this Commodore 64 version seems to be quite rare! It plugs into the cartridge port of the Commodore 64/128 and features 2 audio outputs.

Here are the 3 files i’ve been able to backup from the floppy which came with the unit : RAR

It seems these files are only the demo disk but Yago from #c-64 on ircnet helped me to understand what the program do and what could be typed to input datas to the vocal synth.

It uses phonemes and I don’t have the phonemes list so it will be quite hard to find them out !
Have to check the list shown in the demo.. maybe it’s the phonemes list !

Here is what you have to do while running the demo to input your own datas :
[16:57] <yago> well, poke stores a value into memory, and sys and usr call machinelanguage programs
[16:59] <yago> after then program started, stop it, and try to enter e.g. line 24020 (without linenumber)
[16:59] <yago> then the cart should speak
[16:59] <yago> then fiddle with the parameters for poke2,X and a=usr(Y)
[17:03] <yago> then poke 2,65
[17:03] <yago> return
[17:03] <yago> then sys39000
[17:03] <yago> return
[17:03] <yago> then a=usr(50)+usr(0)+usr(0)
[17:03] <yago> RUN

And it works ! Thanks for this help

And finally…. here is a record of the demo !
Techni Musique Synthe Vocal Demo Commodore64-rec stamba by mycommodore64

Conclusion ? IT BLASTS ALMOST all other c64 vocal synths of this era.. Commodore Magic Voice is maybe the worst.. Currah Sound Speech is average.. but this Techni Musique one reach modern (2011! vocal synthesis) !

Q1 : HELP !! Do you have this unit ? Do you have the floppies ? The manual ? The box ! We need more informations about it ! .. Even the Amstrad 464/6128 version could be helpful !

July 19, 2011 | In: Hardware by Stamba

Passport Midi Interface

This is the Passport MIDI Interface model MH-02C.

“The Computer Connection for MIDI Equipped Synthesizers

Interface with Tape and Drum Sync Package includes :

– 1 MIDI Interface module with connections for MIDI-IN, MIDI-OUT, DRUM CLOCK, TAPE-IN and TAPE-OUT
– 2 – 6′ MIDI DIN Cables
– 1 MIDI Interface user’s guide”

The software included is “Master Tracks”  (1987).

According to the small book included, there is also a “Librarian Software” compatible with the Yamaha DX7!
(It would be great with my DX7 v1 :))

Manual is missing but here is the PDF file (source: c64midi.com)

July 18, 2011 | In: Hardware by Stamba

Midibox SID kit!

SID 8580  R5
LCD 16×2  (i’ll have to buy a 20×2)
Core kit
Pre-programmed PIC (BSL v1.2b – MIOS v1.9F – 2008 T.Klose – PIC18F452)
Din kit
SID kit
16 wires plug

July 12, 2011 | In: Other by Stamba

Commodore 64 @ labx (Bordeaux – France)

Compte rendu de la session labx.tk au sujet du Commodore 64 et de ses divers périphériques audio et MIDI
Pour l’occasion j’ai sorti quelques machines.

Commodore C64 (marron, le grand classique)

Commodore C64c (la version la plus récente – 1984, au design deja assez proche des Amiga)

Commodore SX64 (le 1er ordinateur transportable ayant un écran cathodique de 5″ couleur!)

Autant le C64 classique était destiné au grand public ayant un petit budget (on se souvient du slogan “Commodore, computers for the masses, not the classes!”), autant le SX64 était destiné aux businessmen, mais tout de même assez décontratés si on en croit la publicité de l’époque.

Apres un bref apercu de tout ca, place aux périphériques audio et MIDI:
– Synthétiseur vocal TechniMusique (un produit francais, fabriqué à Clermont Ferrand)

– Synthétiseur vocal Currah Sound Speech (UK, free poster included! de vraies têtes de développeurs de l’époque!)

– Synthétiseur vocal Commodore Magic Voice

– Sampler Commodore Sound Sampler (Je laisse les amateurs de flûte apprécier la blonde et son instrument sur la photo de la boite)

– Interface MIDI Moog Song Producer (une véritable bête de combat avec ses 4 sorties MIDI et 8 drums triggers, malheureusement affublée d’un soft obscur en ASCII et une documentation de 270 pages)

– Interface de reconnaissance et commande vocale Covox (avec son micro-casque)

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