For trade – SprachBox Voice Box

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For trade - SprachBox Voice Box - DXG 5721

SprachBox is the German translated version of Voice Box II by the AlienGroup, a programmable speech synthesizer for Atari 400/ 800 computers.
The voicebox is the same as in the US but without the game / demo floppy.
Inside it uses a SC-01-A speech synthesizer chip (see picture) to speak and sing.
On a 800XL, it needs an external +9V – 100mA (at least) power adapter (ie works with any 2600 power adapter).

Status : Tested and working. The power adapter is not in the picture but is provided. The top of the cardboard box is missing.
Last seen on ebay (2019): +300 €.
…I’m looking for an XF551 😉

Developer : Uncredited on the German release. Jerry White for the tools disk (Basic programms and graphics) and « Stud Poker »,  John G.Wilson for « Concentration/Green Goblins/Acey Deucey », Ron Kramer for « Spelling ».
Date : 1983 according to booklet.
Distributed by : ATARI Elektronik Vertriebs GmbH – Bebelallee 10 – 2000 Hamburg 60
DumpDownload – Source : Atarinside for the .Pro format – Boot without « Option » key. (Includes  the US version of the tool disk and the game disk (thanks to Nir Dary)).
Notes:
SPK.BAS, VBSING.BAS contains : « 1 REM 5/83 G-VERSION 1.1 BY J.S. »
The German version has one more file « TOBIAS.DIC ».
On the German version the « *.BLS » files were renamed as « *.LST ».
English manual : https://archive.org/details/AlienGroupVoiceBoxIIManual
Ads:
Compute ! :  https://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/issue36/117_2_NEWS_PRODUCTS_Voice_Box_II_For_Atari.php
http://digitize.textfiles.com/items/1983-alien-group-voicebox/.m/1983-alien-group-voicebox.jpg
See also :
This great post from Bill Lange : http://atari8bitads.blogspot.com/2016/11/atari-says-its-first-word.html
The Mike Matthews interview by Atari Podcast : https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-332-mike-matthews-alien-group-voice-box

Other translations : Voice BOX II (US)

Now let’s see what it can do : When you think about voice synthesizer, you obviously think to « Joshua » in Wargames (1983). According to Imsai.net the voice in the movie was the voice of John Wood (Falken). Just for fun, I wanted to see if the VoiceBox was able to talk almost the same way and…well, it’s not perfect but rather interesting 🙂
Any volunteer to do the same with Knight Rider ? 😀

 

Included songs demos

US games demo

 

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