history... with vocoders
For all Atari Falcon users: The full version of Voxx is now free! For more details click on the third pot.
I was captured by
its sound from the first time I heard it. I think it was a robot voice.
My first attempt to create this kind of sound was applying a microphone
thru an amplifier to the CV input of my first synthesizer, a Yamaha
CS10. The result was a fried oscillator in the PWM section!
When ordering custom
PCB’s got affordable for me in the early 90's, I build a 12 Band
analog vocoder with patch capabilities for each band. Some months later
a musician begged me to sell it and I accepted due the fact that I was
planning to build a new one, this time using a DSP. Fortunately at this
time the Atari Falcon-030 was announced and I managed to get one of the
first charges reserved for developers. So I started to learn
DSP-assembler, C and TOS at the same time on that fabulous computer that
offered all the required hardware (DSP, DAC and CPU) for my projects.
The result was a
16-band 24db/octave vocoder, with a spectrum analyzer, band patch
matrix, variable envelope followers, panorama and a 3D look and
I called it Voxx and launched it in
1993. It was distributed by me and maybe
it was the first available real-time software vocoder in the world (if someone can
prove that I am wrong please let me know!).
If you want to hear how Voxx sounded, click here for a chorded example and here for the robot example. The speech used for this demo sounds are in german, from a female speaker talking about the features of a Yamaha workstation of those years.
An extensive review (in german) of Voxx can still be found here