Pink Trombone is an online voice synthesizer with a difference

Neil Thapen's Pink Trombone is a voice simulator: instead of telling it what to say, you individually move the soft and fleshy parts of the mouth, tongue and throat. There's a lot of fun to be had moving around the circular purple tongue control and the bottom lip and hearing the machine sing.

Spotted via Bennett Foddy, which made me think there should be a version controlled with the Q W O P letters, named "Qwopera."

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  1. agies says:

    And here I thought it was going to be something unsavory.

  2. You play the "Pink Trombone" by moving your tongue and soft pallet?

    LOL...is this the fellatio version of Lickster that new cunnilingus app?

  3. Brown Tuba ain't too shabby niether.

  4. I need to find some way to write a script that maps the parameters to standard midi note values/mod/pitch sends.

    I almost got it to say "Hey You", but it sounds like a bad Jeremy Louis impersonation done by a robot that's had a concussion.

    So awesome.


  5. Above: 1967, AT&T Labs

    I can't find a video that explained why many of the common text-to-speech voices of the 80s had a slight Scottish accent. Supposedly it was because the engineer who created it was Scottish. There was a great video that showed software mimicking the parts needed to make vocal sounds on a monochrome crt. The software allowed for granular manipulation of the voice, but also had single keys to quickly change how the digital voice box sounded. I think I even remember a display at the Museum of Science and Industry that showed speech synthesis through crude digital modeling.

    Below: 1939- Voder (Short and worth watching to see early speech synthesis)

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