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Kudos to your daughter for going along with her nerdy Dad's weird experiments, she sings far better than the computer hums along!
she did great and you can see she was super nervous!
@awesomeferret Pretty hard for most amateur (and many pro) singers to stay "on key" unaccompanied. She did fine.
I used to think that was his weird sister that slept in the utility room
I’m even surprised it so what sounded like what she sang though!
@Serrara Willow Mayfield - aka Fluttershy I think she's like 19, he mentions having a 13 year old daughter in a video of his. Take this with a grain of salt though, I don't remember good.
16:49 Sounds so realistic! It's like I'm right there at the drive tru.
The music is reversable, but time is not. Turn back. Turn back. Turn back. Turn back!
You are so right! The sound coming out of that thing is making me hungry!
@DashCamAndy So that's why there's usually only a very loose connection between what is ordered and what ends up in the bag.
Half the time, it sounds the same to us on the "inside." The rest of the time it sounds like adults in Charlie Brown cartoons.
"Another visitor. Stay awhile... Stay forever!". That introduction gave me chills every time.
“Stay awhile, stay forever” was mind blowing when I first heard it. I couldn’t imagine how the computer made it.
Congrats on being the first pratt in the USA to reverse that recording! Kind regards, Perifractic - the first pratt in the UK to do it back then
@The 8-Bit Guy .. at 3:38.. Mat (@Techmoan) probably already have the Japanese version of this one David.. 🤔🤭
I haven't reached the point in the video yet or expanded the comment, and I know it's about the Backwards episode of Red Dwarf. I remember reversing the speech on my Amiga from a VHS tape. Happy days.
@OldBull Yes...and Donald Trump (trump has always meant fart/gas over here...or it did when I was a kid)
No got to this bit in the video yet but I BET you're talking about Red Dwarf. I sampled it in the night it was broadcast using my amiga sampler (or my Atari ST sampler) and as very proud of myself!
@OldBull not really, there are a lot of pretty in the UK. ;-》
The person who made the Voice Harp Recorder program (the humming one), Donald X. Vaccarino, is also the board game designer behind the massively popular game Dominion. It was neat to see his name in the credits at 13:23. He also wrote the manual: "I originally wrote a funny manual for that program. And they laughed and laughed but said, well obviously this joke and this joke have got to go. So I edited them out and made whatever other changes and they proofread it again and said, oh hey we can't really have this joke or this joke. After four or fives passes of this I went through and removed all of the jokes. They were sad and the manual was done."
Funny thing is, you don't need any of this crap. I had a program from Compute or Ahoy that would allow you to record something on a cassette and then digitize it through the cassette port by just playing it in the datasette.
Now that’s some crazy trivia
@JavaJack59 I immediately noticed it too and rewinded the video to make sure I saw it right. Really cool, especially because Kingdom Builder is currently my favourite board game.
Wondered if anyone else spotted his name :) Some of my friends playtested the Dominion prototype. I got to try it before it was published.
I was obsessed with this stuff when I was a kid, of course I wanted the computer to speak and listen to me. I had saved and saved and got a voicemaster for c64, hearsay 1000 and later the PC version of the voicemaster. I had hours of fun... unfortunate it took about 30 years for them to talk back a little more intelligently. Great video!
When Cortana and Siri came out the magic was already gone for me because I knew a bit how they worked but don't worry it does not stop me to talk to Siri when I'm bored. Also back than when I found out I could get Cortana on Android I did talk to her when I was home alone.
30 more years and you will be able to hold a conversation with a computer without any delay or external input.
What about SAM?
how about now?
Holy crap! The Commodore Composer was programmed by Donald Vaccarino. The game designer of Dominion, the first ever deck building game. How weird is that?
If you want something that samples properly and has the look and feel of an 80's computer then a Roland S50/330/550/7XX is a must, the S50/550/330 is 12bit and the 7xx are 16bit. The 12bit line come with a monitor port (DIGITAL RGB (that can be easily converted to SCART and monochrome composite)as standard and can even be controlled with an MSX mouse.
The best way I can describe the Voicemaster's "hum-along" mode is off-key digital farting. But maybe it's a lullaby for dial-up modems!
"Backwards" was one of my favorite Red Dwarf episodes, absolutely brilliant.
My boyfriend is a huge fan of Red Dwarf, and he's gotten me into it as well. I did realise that the stuff being said in "Backwards" would probably be real sentences, but I've actually never tried reversing it myself. It was fun to hear that particular little clip :)
So cool seeing a kalimba out of nowhere. What a great instrument, easy to learn, cheap and can be hold like a gamepad. Tetris theme here i go again... :D
@Shaun Dreclin There were some rubber fingercaps/tips provided... but i don't really use them and after a while your thumbs get used to it... or maybe i'm just not playing as loud ^^
Only problem with it is having to grow out your thumbnails lol
As a person who was born in '98, is living in a relatively less known 3rd world country, and didn't get to experience the things you've shown at all, your videos always left me fascinated with how interesting things were back then. The only way to experience things like this, aside from importing these, which would be expensive, is through emulation. Your videos (as well as LGR, Techmoan, and several others) were and are helping me discovering interesting old things. I'm grateful for that.
@Aeduo I'm not surprised the 8 bit Guys Commodore Sampler came from the U.K. as home computers and accessories were far more popular than games consoles here, and the C64 was second only to the Spectrum in popularity. From the early 1980s Government sponsored TV programmes were telling parents that if their children didn't learn how to use computers they would be unemployable. The legacy of all that is games companies like Rockstar North.
Grew up in a poor US household in the early 90s. Got an Apple IIe from my school and found an app on a BBS that allowed recording audio from the cassette input. About 15 seconds would fit on a disk.
So wheres this relatively unknown location?
To be fair, these were all very niche products for anyone anywhere. Computing was big but on the whole it wasn't a thing most people had or had an interest in, and these are even more particular and honestly barely had a purpose unless maybe you could write some software to use them in a useful way, and with that covox one, the sound quality is basically a joke.
These devices were clearly pushing the boundaries of what could be done with 1Mhz microcomputers. Imagine what could have followed if they then had been upgraded to be slightly more capable. But incremental upgrades weren't really a thing at the time; everyone tended to create whole new platforms instead.
It's being a while but I am glad to see the 8 Bit Guy back showing his technical knowledge again.
17:24 You should probably try with a sinewave instead, should probably be easier for it to figure out the right octave (for obvious reasons...)
I had the "Voice Master Jr." It came with an integrated mike and a calibration wheel on the side, so the box stood vertically, and you just plugged it into the joystick port. It had most of the software features except the hum along and composer programs, so I guess they figured they weren't that great. Still, a fun thing to tinker with.
The Intellivision had an expansion module called the Intellivoice that gave digital playback of speech samples for certain games, such as "B-17 Bomber."
I remember playing that way back when I was a kid at the mall. "Beee seventeeen bawmmerrrrrr"
There is a system that came with a package called Softspeak which was on all of the PC Plus Superdiscs which said "Welcome to the PC Plus Superdisc" and also had the digitizer to allow you to create the sound files which could be turned into self playing files which played through the PC speaker.
There was also an episode of the GI Joe cartoon from the Eighties where Destro said a line backwards - when i reversed it, it said something like: "Anybody who took the time to reverse this is a real dweeb." LOL. Thanks for the video 8-Bit Guy. :)
The software actually looks pretty neat! Could as well be a commandline ncurses pulseaudio thing :D
I'm actually quite surprised by the speech recognition capabilities! Nice job 8-Bit Daughter!
I used to want one of these so bad! It's very interesting to see their capabilities in hindsight of current technologies. Thanks for the continuing trip down nostalgia lane!
After hearing the Covox Voicemaster, it reminded me of the railroad defect detectors that broadcasted over the air to alert of any axle over temps or dragging equipment. This makes me wonder if the companies that built them used the same chips that were in the Convex. This may not be too much of a stretch since companies like to use more off-the-shelf components to build their products.
The commodore one sounds superior to covox, the echo and quality of the samples are very very good and having a lot of experience with samples I can say that this sounds as good as any other samplers of that era (I’m not comparing many voices at once but just the clarity of the samples) Covox on the other hand sounds pretty bad in comparison. Great video! Thanks
Absolutely awesome episode! I've always been fascinated by these ancient sound digitizers, never had the chance to mock around with 'em when i was a kid...Thank you for this retro thrill, dude! 👍
Your daughter sings very well. Loved this episode, the message from red dwarf was amazing
Glad to see more stuff coming from you! Honestly, my favorite is the SFX Sound Sampler. It's got the best audio quality, and it doesn't have a bunch of useless gimmick demos.
I was born in 1989, so this stuff is all new to me. It's amazing how much we take these things for granted now because everything is integrated on the motherboard. This is why I love this channel though. Learning about all the old, obsolete tech, really makes me appreciate my computer more.
I remember having the voicemaster, it was fun for a while.
The C64 datasette actually was a 1bit sound digitizer. A magazine back in the day had a small listing that allowed you to sample snippets from cassette tapes. There even was a diagram on where on the datasette's PCD to solder two leads so you could attach an external microphone. Lots of fun.
@JM Coulon Yeah I did that on my 6128. Was a great intro to my terrible music program I wrote in basic!
@cpm1003 I never saw that program in Nibble magazine, but I wrote my own program to record 1 bit audio using the cassette input. It sampled the input every 10 clock cycles. The built-in speaker could only be toggled on and off, so it too was essentially 1 bit audio. I think the voice recordings in Castle Wolfenstein were highly compressed so they did not sound so well. I got much better results with my own program. There was a speech synthesizer program for the Apple ][ computers called SAM, so I never thought of creating my own.
I think I had that! I also typed in a really, really long listing that allowed you to record and play back what was coming through. Basically all it did was record the change in volume coming through the tape head and then change the volume register up and down on playback.
The Apple ][e cassette input worked the same way. I typed in a program from Nibble magazine to record audio. I hooked up a microphone, recorded a bunch of phonemes, and made a crude text to speech synthesizer. If you ever played Castle Wolfenstein 2 on the Apple, it had some speech recorded in this way. 1 bit audio!
They did the same on the Amstrad CPC. The 6128 had an external tape I/O so you just had to wire a mic and use proper software.
Honestly though, seeing speech recognition on an 8-bit device is quite impressive. To think that such a technology was around for so long. Those synthesized voices would be cool samples on a track.
0:38 I know this is far from the first video with the new studio setup, but I just wanted to reiterate that I really like the pattern you ended up choosing for the sound dampening tiles :) That said, I still kinda miss seeing all the wires laid out there. Would have been neat (if likely unpractical) to see a router or two and some wires that follow the hexagonal grid deliberately.
There is a kind of having fun with the samplers and reversed sound that many people came up on their own: record a phrase, reverse it, listen to it, and try to mimick it with your voice as close as possible on another record, then reverse that. The result often sound pretty fun.
I was born much later but me and my sisters got our own fun when we got our first mic for our PC. Pretty much we discover the audio recorder have a reverse fuction, so we had an idea to say words backwards than reverse it and try to hear does it sound right.
Few years ago a video titled "Od tyłu i klasycznie by CeZik" was trending in Poland. In it a guy sings fragments of popular songs (well, popular in Poland at least) backwards while doing stuff like blowing out candles, popping balloons and throwing feathers around. The whole video then plays in reverse. It's actually quite impressive.
Love your demos and music, shiru.
Absolutely. Spent hours with a friend doing exactly this with my ST and sound sampler 😆
So....Twin Peaks? 😁
Great review! Back in the days I would see these devices in the magazines, and imagine all the fun and productivity I would have using them. It appears my expectations were a bit higher than what they delivered.
Thank you for yet another great, in-depth video!! I'd love to know more about the Commodore FM Sound Module and Magic Voice Cartridge someday!!!
Growing up, I remember playing Echelon on the C64 which featured voice recognition in-game. I believe the game came with it's own interface device; I don't recall the specifics, but I do recall fiddling about with it quite a bit to get it to "work". One of these days I will have to hunt down a copy again.
A very interesting report. Any child of the 80's would have enjoyed those gadgets. Definitely the winner is "Sound Sampler". PS: You and your wife brought a beautiful voice into the world. 👌
I loved the voice harp. Sounds pretty much like when I sing along to something.
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Dude!! I missed your videos buddy! Glad you're back! That's soon good nostalgic content right there! It's crazy how much technology has changed over the years. All these "expander packs" and cartridges to get a bit more out of your system. It seems like everything has went back to the way they used to be with massive components.. (especially video cards)
David! What a great episode. I always enjoy and look forward to your content!
Back in the mid-80's, I found a magazine that had a type-in program for the Apple IIe that would record sound samples through the cassette port (no extra hardware needed). The sound quality was very poor (and the sound clip had to be very short), but the fact it could do it at all was pretty amazing.
Thank you for sharing this. Older technology - sound and video cards in particular - get my attention and are an interesting topic to dig into. And the intro music to your channel is fantastic! Take care!
It's a family affair! The 8-Bit Guy, The Next Generation. Or, should we call her the 16-Bit Gal? She can specialize in neo-Retro from the late '90s.
@BilisNegra Some even consider the Wii and DS Retro now.
@Draconicさん Could explore the music capabilities of the Atari ST line with a MIDI keyboard, then!
@Tri County Retail With PC gaming it is already. Late DOS and Win 9x era.
The 32-Bit Lad
I think that’s called LGR lol
Sinclair had audio input and could digitize sound. There was also software where You could put samples together and play digitized music.
The Impossible Mission (and Beach Head 2 etc) speech on the C64 sounds great. A real blend of digitised and synth speech. I wonder how this was done? Sounds highly optimised but very clear/characterful.
Oh wow! Super cool! I miss more music stuff like this! Great demo of these rare products! Also ur daughter has an awesome voice and it was cool seeing her for the first time!
The fact that they made the backwards audio an easter egg is absolutely brilliant
Seeing these classic sound samplers was pretty interesting, as I never thought you could do that with joystick ports. I'm no electrical engineer by any stretch. Enjoyed it all the same David. Thoughts on the C64 turning 40 recently???
Had exactly the same experience of sampling and reversing the Red Dwarf clips on our Amiga. The hardware was a Sound Express (parallel port), and I think we blew the right channel trying to plug it into the phone line. Glory Days!
Man, how I've missed your videos! I always wanted to get one of those SPO256-AL2 chips to try and give voice to a project but never got one. They sounded awful but to me it was like living in the future. Oh , the electric 80s!
For being early 80's, I'm impressed by the voice recognition with only 8 bits.
On my Acorn Atom (a 1979 British 6502-based computer, the direct forerunner of the BBC Micro), a short type-in program was published that let you digitise a few seconds of audio via the cassette port, so you could plug in a microphone instead of the tape deck and record your own voice. The audio was digitised into the 6K available just above screen memory. The quality was pretty awful, you could just make out your voice under a sea of noise, but it was still mind-blowing at the time.
Yeah, in most cases you'd be dealing with quite literally one bit wide audio samples. And low sample rate too. Just the nature of the beast, digitally recorded audio just consumes a massive amount of space on an 8 or even 16 bit system.
I just mentioned a similar program for the Amstrad cpc
18:38 "the time is 3 effing 4 pm"
There was an Apple II program, MegaMusic, that did something like that. too. I was always amazed at the playback. Also the digitizer shown in this video is specifically for the //c. The port is not a "dumb" port - it has firmware for use with mice, so I wondered if that played a role.
I had the same kind of program (a short listing called dazzler in a magazine ) on m'y Amstrad CPC 6128, I just had to buy a standard din cable to make it works. The Amstrad 464 would do it with its integrated tape device direcly.
I still remember hearing "great shot pilot" coming from my grandmother ti-99 (playing Parsec) for the first time. It was magic.
We had this for the Laser 128 when I was a kid. The voice recognition was pretty impressive at the time, even if it was mostly gimmicky and didn’t always work right.
I remember that episode of Red Dwarf! It was brilliant. I think I took it to school and watched some of it on the VHS editing decks they had which could play the video backwards with sound. Now I’m really devastated that I didn’t discover the Easter egg of the guy in the bar! That was probably about 1995.
The c64 is pretty amazing. Never had one. First computer I can remember I had, had a version of dos
19:59 I had almost the same idea as a kid, but with an inverted color image that I saw in a magazine. I scanned this and was happy when I applied the "inverse color" option and the original colors showed up.
That moments as a kid were the best, when I had such ideas and it worked I always felt like I beat the system
Ooh, I also had such moments of brilliant thinking when I was younger, always felt so satisfying :)
I owned Apple II+ (and still do), as I recall there was a program that would digitize sound coming in from the cassette input ports on the back of the Apple II+. Like in this video, it was very crude digitized sound, but it could digitize speech.
Amazing that the word recognition worked so well. Must be inflection based. Great demo!
Love the videos. Big props to your daughter for putting her voice on the web! Great pipes!
I used to love the old 80's/90's speech programs/hardware. It's good to see them again but it's also good to be able to enjoy using them with VST's on lots of music software and make them sound the way I wanted them to 30-35 years ago.
I bought this (voice Master, C64) for my hard earned money as a teenager in the mid 80's. It was very cool, I still have audio recordings of people from back then. I still got it. Mine is an aluminium box instead of plastic.
So cool to see how quickly speech recognition progressed! By the mid-90s, my dad was using Dragon Naturally Speaking to transcribe all of his medical notes instead of typing them out. Pretty incredible that that was possible back then!
Nice video, I remember sampled speech being available on a few TRS-80 games and some arcade games, but I didn't get to play with sampled speech until Audacity on Windows. However I have to point out that the difference between Jon Pertwee as Dr Who and Red Dwarf Backwards is probably the best part of 20 years. (In the UK original transmissions at least).
dude yes. this episode was great! Please do more samplers!
I love the old stuff and how it still works after decades👍🏻
That is one of my favourite episodes of Red Dwarf! The voice recognition was much better than I thought it would be for the 80s.
Just a few years ago I left a job at a warehouse where I used a headset voice-recognition picking system. Whatever I used wasn't much improved over what was used in the 80's! Worst part of that system was when the voice recognition got confused and the machine would start screaming gibberish at 100 decibels. How nice of the developers to leave the debug system enabled in the field release and blast diagnostics right into my ear at full volume.
Poor Cat realized one does not simply go to the bathroom in reverse :P
Kind of as expected for the time, but impressed it could run on that CPU speed.
Love your daughters voice! I owned the technosound sampler for the Amiga and loved playing with that. There were several sampler software programs out there that could distort your voice like transposing up and down, dalek robot sound etc.
My earliest recollection of computers using digitized speech or sound synthesis would have been the SAM module on the Atari 8 bit or various games on the Apple II.
Oh man, the memories! I remember I had a Sound Expander with my Commodore 64 and I recorded and saved (part of) the theme from Dempsey and Makepeace with it. Must have played it back hundreds of times after loading it back into memory painfully slow from my 1541 drive. Even with the crappy quality, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Completely ignoring my cassette deck next to my Commodore that could to this trick since the 60s a lot faster and in higher quality. :-D
Awesome, I have the voice master for c64, nice stuff to keep in the collection.
Arthur Smith, (Red Dwarf Man) can actually speak backwards. He showed his talents on an episode of QI!
Haha, I came here to comment the same thing. I seem to remember a panel quiz show on BBC Radio 4 where he'd sing a song backwards, and the other contestants had to work out what the song was.
I just watched the Red Dwarf scene, holy shit thats hilarious
After suffering through overly long, complicated youtube video openings, I have to compliment you on your perfectly made intro. It's got all the info you need to know what's going to be happening, and it's just the right length - 10 seconds. Thanks for not wasting my time.
I had something like this on the Amiga as well, much narrower thing and I remember it being grey/beige. What impressed me the most back then was the speech recognition. Just like you do here on the C64, the fact it actually recognizes the menu items and such, that alone was amazing to me. edit: Oh of course and then he shows exactly that one. lol
i can’t imagine how out of this world magical this was back then. to hear digitized samples were already incredible but to MAKE them - holy moly
I owned a Voicemaster at my C64, and I managed to build an answering machine, kind of... I trained the Voicemaster to recognize the sound of my phone – then the VC1520-Plotter would lift the headset, the C64 would tell the caller, that there is nobody at home at the moment. Then the VC1520 would put the Headset back down. It worked and pissed off a few of my friends ;-)
I used the ZX Spectrum's mic socket for sampling in the mid 80's. It sounded decent, I would record chunks of songs into memory then save them to Microdrive. I could then load the chunks back in to play the full song. a 3 min track would be about 80K.
Love the Red Dwarf reference, one of my favorite episodes.
I was so impressed with the voice clips in Impossible Mission and Ghostbusters back in the 80s. I had experimented with programming musical notes on the C64 and just assumed it was a very complicated form of that, somehow! 😂
Also Karate Kid was great, still have a copy of the C64 game. Amazing graphics and sound.
That’s actually really fascinating, it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come when it comes to sound hardware. Could you possibly do a video on screen reading software that would be used by blind people back in the day? I’m blind and actually quite curious.
I used to have a sound sampler for my Amiga 500 and I remember sampling a full length song with it (Mr. Roboto) and saving it on my hard drive and my hard drive was only 40Megs at the time and the song took up almost the entire drive. There was also a program you could type in from a magazine back t hen for the C64 that would digitize sound via the datasette, no other hardware needed.
7:10 I had a telephone headset like that in the early 2000s. Comfortable, and worked well.
That soundsampler actually recorded in good audio quality, also those devices whether they functioned half good or not,they were ahead for it’s time.
This kind of recorded voices remembers me the one some indie horror games use. Nice video!
Another new 8-bit Guy video in my recommendations when I wake up usually means today = good day. This instalment did not disappoint! Interesting content, well presented. What I do wonder is, when are we going to see a new episode of 8-Bit Keys? It's been a long time. Just hinting......
I wasn't actually expecting a Red Dwarf reference today, but I am glad there was. Oh, one thing you might find amusing is that over here in the UK, on the DVD release of Backwards, one of the DVD extras was the entire episode of Backwards in reverse.
The American release also has the episode forwards. I'm a big RD fan since I found it on a public tv station in the 90's.
Keep the videos coming, love your work!
Such a fun episode! For what it's worth, I thought the whole thing was pretty cool. Any kind of sound digitizing on old 8-bits are just awesome because of the effort it took to make a consumer priced device to do what only the big game studios were doing of the time. So, as useless as you might view them, I truly enjoyed it.
I wasn't ready for your daughter singing "You Are My Sunshine", it made me cry even though the clip was just a few seconds long. It was really beautiful.
I remember using a program back in the day that would record from the tape input on the Apple II. It was about as good as the Voice Master could do, as long as you SHOUTED INTO THE MIC. No Audacity back then to goose it up in post.
The SKI-1 and SK-5 got me through my entire childhood. Kids would absolutely love those these days.
That recording from Red Dwarf is just amazing. I had a good chuckle at that.
Reminds me of a program I typed in from a magazine into my zx spectrum to sample audio using the cassette "ear" terminal, which was a 3.5mm mono jack. Surprisingly the audio was pretty good, especially given the spectrums nor.al beeps and boops, but it was limited to about 7 seconds I think.
I used a sound digitizer on my Amiga 500 to add real sounds and music to my 2D animation demos back in the day. I used to program a Workbench script that would boot right into the demos. I would sell them for $5 each at my local Commodore Amiga dealers… I can’t remember who manufactured the digitizer, but it worked well. The C64 digitizer in this video does resemble what I once owned, though. The money I made from my 2D cartoons would fund new software and hardware upgrades for my Amiga 500 (later a 20meg hard drive) and games for both my Amiga and Sega Genesis. Hahaha
2:03 I'd love to hear some fm sounds on the c64!
Thanks for this. I remember lusting after this thing (I'm pretty sure they advertised a VIC-20 model). I remember mentally computing how many days of delivering newspapers it would take to get it, and how cool it would be to talk to my computer.. but the VoiceMaster retailed for more than $100, too rich for my blood back then. Thank goodness I didn't; I would have been a bit heartbroken. But it's great to finally see what it was!
16:09 I wonder if they used the ability to send signals from the C64 to the joystick port to control the device. E.g. the digital pins are used to send commands/parameters to the device and when set to sample it would send the audio component over the analog pins.. Just a guess, based on what I might have done in the same situation.
the laser 128 recording sounds the best by far, pretty amazing
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