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Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module


The Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module is a multi-language voice synthesizer that converts a stream of digital text into natural sounding speech. Using the universally recognized DECtalk text-to-speech synthesizer engine, Emic 2 provides speech synthesis capabilities for any embedded system via a simple command-based interface.

Parallax, Inc. is the exclusive manufacturer of Emic 2. For questions and technical support, contact

Portions of this design are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-3.0 United States license.

Module Highlights:

  • High-quality speech synthesis for English and Spanish languages
  • Nine pre-defined voice styles comprising male, female, and child
  • Dynamic control of speech and voice characteristics, including pitch, speaking rate, and word emphasis
  • On-board audio power amplifier and 1/8” (3.5mm) audio jack
  • Asynchronous 9600 baud serial interface
  • Single row, 6-pin, 0.1” header for easy connection to a host system


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Audio Samples:

These audio samples were recorded directly from the 1/8″ audio jack of the Emic 2 module into the line-in jack of a PC.




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