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The COMPUTALKER Model CT-1 Speech Synthesizer was a high quality voice generator unit designed for the standard S-100 bus. The synthesizer was controlled by acoustic-phonetic parameters transmitted to the board on the S-100 data bus. These parameters controlled the perceptually and physiologically fundamental aspects of speech as determined by contemporary phonetic research of the time (late 70's). With the COMPUTALKER Model CT-1, sound were defined in real time under software control. Parameters which represent the phonetic structure of human speech were transmitted to the CT-1 at a rate of 500 to 900 bytes per second, depending on the data compression techniques used. This allowed the production of highly intelligible and quite natural sounding speech output. Speaker characteristics and language or dialect variations were retained in the output.
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