[DECtalk] Best way to record sound from a DECtalk Express
jaybird at bluegrasspals.com
Sun Sep 9 04:32:52 EDT 2018
Most of what you said is true. However, using a sampling rate above
11025 won't get you any actual better quality speech. It sounds like it,
but it's just aliasing. As far as I know, all DECtalk versions generate
speech at 11025.
On 9/7/2018 1:55 PM, tony at baechler.net wrote:
> I'm sure others will have ideas, but here is what I did. You need what
> Radio Shack called a patch cord. Of course Radio Shack is mostly gone,
> so try Amazon. Basically, it has plugs on both ends. One end goes into
> the earphone jack of the DECtalk Express or other device. The other
> end goes into the line-in on your sound card. You just record from
> line-in as you would normally. It shouldn't pick up any other noise. I
> suggest getting a mono cord, but a stereo one works fine. It shouldn't
> be very expensive if they still make them anymore. They're good to
> have and have all kinds of uses. It doesn't matter what end goes into
> what jack. I used them to transfer audio from cassette. As you found
> out, you can't use an external recorder.
> Another, probably far easier, option is to use speak.exe and have it
> output a .wav of what you want. There are two issues though. First,
> it's a demo and has limitations on text size. The second is that, in
> my opinion, the output it generates doesn't sound very good. It uses a
> different version of the software than the Express and the .wav files
> are at a very low sample rate. Recording from hardware definitely
> gives you better quality.
> On 2018-09-07 09:16, Aksel Leo Christoffersen wrote:
>> I am interested in recording sound from my DECtalk Express, so I can
>> save various things as wave files, but what is the best way to record
>> from it?
>> I’ve found a recording in the DECtalk Archive of a DECtalk Express
>> turning on, and there’s no background noice or anything. So I first
>> tried to use a Olympus recorder with a audio-cable to record the
>> sound, but there was some background noice. I then tried to use the
>> microphone line-in on my computer, but that created even more
>> background noice.
>> Here are links to the recordings, so you can hear what I mean.
>> Recording from the DECtalk Archive:
>> Recording with my Olympus recorder:
>> Recording from line-in on my computer:
>> So do anyone know, how the recording from the Archive was made, or
>> simply what is the best way to record the sound?
>> Thanks in advance, and sorry for my bad english.
>> Best regards:
>> Aksel Christoffersen
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