Use VIC-VODER with:
  • Commodore 128
  • Commodore 64
  • Commodore VIC-20 
   "Freedom of Speech is your First Amendment right!"
Commodore Free #72

VIC-VODER Announced

Audio Quality Demo:

"The Gettysburg Address," by Abraham Lincoln

12/13/14 Site Update: New VIC-VODER 2015 exclusively on eBay!

      VIC-VODER (Vocal Output DEmonstratoR) is a brand new voice synthesizer for the Commodore VIC-20 / C64 / C128, featuring some of the latest advancements in speech technology. The system was designed by Rick Melick in California, with a tip-of-the-hat to the first speech synthesizer demo in San Francisco from Bell Telephone Labs in 1939, and is available to order now. VIC-VODER features an all-in-one design that simply plugs into the User Port to produce quality text-to-speech (English). Talking is as simple as a PRINT statement. A built-in amplifier and speaker complete the entire package. The architecture is "open," which makes it a terriffic platform for the development community and hackers. You can upgrade your system as new features become available in the months and years ahead.
Replace all these bulky, old, costly items:

...with a new, compact, VIC-VODER unit!


Price: $149.95


Commodore Vegas Expo v9

July 28-29, 2013


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What happy VIC-VODER users are saying around the world:

"1A Ware, perfekt verpackt, gute Kommunikation. Besten Dank, gerne wieder. 5 STARS!" --S.U.
"It certainly was a lot of fun to play with at our Sunday meeting and I will be purchasing one, myself!" --Muzz73
"Received mine today and tested up until five minutes ago... I must say I'm veryy happy with it!" --orion70
"Very fast [shipping]. ... No import fees and no extra cost. It was just put in my mailbox!!!
... I am just playing Scott Adams adventures on VIC 20 with this. It is fun!!" --J.S.
"Fast shipping. Nice item. Recommended seller. A+++" --K.S.
"...very polished and finished in a masterly way..." --B.M.

Software (NEW!):



Version 1

Initial software image release (included with unit).

Easy SD Setup


  • Community Support
History of the VIC-VODER
     Voice synthesizers for legacy systems are getting harder and harder to find these days. The concept for VIC-VODER is to provide modern-day users, enthusiasts, hobbyists and collectors of vintage computer systems an easy means to take full advantage of all the latest advancements in speech technology, while maintaining a form-factor and interface suitable for legacy systems.

     Back in the day, low-end units required manual translation of allophones or phonemes from lookup tables in manuals, combined with PEEKs and POKEs, to form words and sentences. Their price was relatively attractive, and they opened up the world of speech to budding developers at home.

     The high-end units were primarily designed as assistive technology and were incredibly expensive ($370.00+). These units processed streams of printable ASCII characters and automated the conversion to allophones or phonemes for the synthesizer to reproduce as human speech. They were therefore easier to use, but voice quality still left a lot to be desired. Research into speech technology has continued over the past 30 years, of course, and is much better today.

     The inspiration for a modern day Voice Synthesizer for legacy computers began in April, 2013 after the AtariVox+ began shipping for retro-gaming consoles. An early, silicon-based approach was abandoned in May. A second approach began in June that resulted in VIC-VODER.

     VIC-VODER only requires your computer to connect to its USER PORT. Nothing else is needed. Everything is contained within the system itself. ...Except for what you want it to say:

 1 OPEN 1,2,3,CHR$(10)
 3 END

Now you have the power to say whatever you want. Speaking is as easy as 1, 2, 3. That's VIC-VODER.

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