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Bumblebee Speech Synth

March 7, 2012
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UPDATE – Uploaded this accidentally without the required samples. Should be fixed now, sorry about that.

Bumblebee is the 3rd ensemble in the Transformers series, focused on sample-based speech synthesis. Large numbers of words and phrases can be stored in snapshot banks, then recalled dynamically by MIDI notes. Each bank can contain 128 words and/or phrases, one for each MIDI note, allowing for a pretty diverse dynamic vocabulary. Special thanks goes to Sebastian Tomczak, who recorded all of the samples used in this ensemble and made them available online.

I made a quick sample file and you can listen to it here.

I’ve included a short manual, in which I tried to explain all of the controls and give direction to a document that teaches how to use the allophones correctly. Please let me know if I’ve left anything out! If you program any large banks of words, I’d love to have them sent my way so I can add them to the distribution.

Download Bumblebee

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2012 10:26 am

    Reblogged this on donovick and commented:
    Salamander Anagram!

  2. March 7, 2012 10:33 am

    Bumbleebee is looking for a .wav file:

  3. March 7, 2012 11:34 am

    Very nice!

  4. meter maid permalink
    March 7, 2012 2:30 pm

    Almost too cool to be real. God bless you sir!

  5. March 8, 2012 1:47 pm

    Customizable speech! Sounds like my Speak-N-Spell is going to have a new buddy!!

  6. meter maid permalink
    March 12, 2012 8:01 am

    I was trying to plug a randomization into just the Allophone selection so I could push a button and get a bit of gibberish across all the Allophones but I couldn’t work it out. Do you have any tips?

  7. March 12, 2012 9:39 am

    Hmm, all of the ‘knobs’ can be easily edited to work with MIDI I think… They all have MIDI inputs – currently they are all set to -1, but I’m pretty sure (haven’t tested) if you change them then the knob will respond to that CC value. So the easiest way might be to use MIDI.

    If you want it to be all in the same ensemble I’d suggest using the MIDI inputs to input your randomization data and delete the ‘MIDI’ macro inside the ‘Invisiknob’ macro.

  8. meter maid permalink
    March 12, 2012 10:08 am

    Thanks, I got it set up now. Would there be some way to make a trigger either after the last Allophone or before the first one so that each time it loops again it becomes freshly randomized?

    It could be cool/fun to have an endless stream of giberish sounds.

  9. March 12, 2012 10:15 am

    The loop position is the output of the Clock macro which should be easy to find. Simply retrigger your random stuff when it equals zero.

  10. Quinn Hanratty permalink
    August 4, 2012 2:57 pm

    this is really cool, and unique. thank you! I will be checking out your other ensembles soon. thanks!!!

  11. meter maid permalink
    October 3, 2012 4:22 am

    http://archive.computerhistory.org/resources/text/FederalScrewWorks/FederalScrewWorks.VSIII.1972.102646155.pdf just stumbled on this and it reminded me of bumblebee

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