“These units are now discontinued and sold out – only 200 units were ever made. If these was ever a synth destined to become highly collectible its this one, pick one up pick this up cheap whilst they’re still fairly unknown. (I originally paid £425)
The Flame Midi Talking Synth is a midi-controlled sound module based on the analogue speakjet chip, originally designed for basic artificially generated robotic speech output, it was then refined and further developed as an 8-bit sound module with speech-like sounds and synthetic robot voices as well as beeps, alarms, noise and retro-style sci-fi sounds. due to the structure of the speakjet (with its complex sound synthesizer, preset sounds and serial interface) it offers an impressive range of possibilities.
It contains 72 speech elements (allophones), 43 sound effects, and 12 dtm touch tones. the idea was to create sounds, patterns and sequences in the 8-bit style of the 80s or other retro sounds for making music instead of just simulating speech. most allophones can be tuned and used tonally. the flame midi talking synth contains two speakjet chips to produce a richer and more complex tonal variety as well as generating a pseudo stereo effect.
Even more, its native 72 speech elements (allophones) can be filtered and tuned thus becoming useful parts in electronic music-composing/arranging. There have been used two Speakjet chips instead of only one due to the richer tonalities such dual array can provide and to the pseudo-stereo effect using two such modulators can create.
The Flame MIDI-Talking-Synth is one hell of an interesting piece, and this one is in very good cosmetic condition – as you can see from the photos. These do not come up on ebay very often – a future classic~” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.