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  1. #1 Artificial Human Voice 
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    I want to invent a singing doll. Not computer generated but I want it to work like how the actual human vocal system works.

    I found something from around 2003 made in Japan:



    http://www.newscientist.com/data/ima...2240-1_898.jpg

    I couldn't find much news of it now.

    but here is a page about the mechanism:

    http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/art...?artid=2279150

    I am no science wiz but I would like to get some advice on how to create a singing doll. I specialize in sculpting so I can make the parts, I don't know much about how it works as of now.

    There were some videos on the mechanism I linked above but It sounds really terrible to be honest. Sounds like air coming out of a balloon. Like that farting balloon sound if you know what I'm talking about.

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    My idea so far..

    I was thinking that the doll will somehow be stuck on something (with magnets maybe)

    while controlling the musical instrument with strings attached to a glove.

    Perhaps something like when you move the string in a certain manner it squeezes some air compressor to blow air through a tube to create a sound.

    Pitch is controlled by another string maybe in the other hand perhaps. I am not exactly sure how humans voice pitch changes. I know it squeezes together therefore allowing less space for air to travel through thus creating a higher pitch. I'm not sure where this happens. I think it was in the vocal box? Well the string will control this squeezing action to control the pitch.

    That's just something I thought up of but I have never tooken anatomy and I have a feeling it's a lot more complex to create a natural human voice like getting the entire body to work with the vocal chord, connected the nasal parts with the voice or the sort..
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    If anybody can tell me how to get this working, I'll be grateful.

    thanks


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    Not meaning to crush, but do you know what you're up against?!

    The vocaloids. They are surprisingly good singers, 100% software. Human touch does not enter here, so any dope can paste in a melody + typed lyrics and away it goes.

    Example (Hatsune Miku is software)

    I think you'd do better fitting a small computer in a doll, use Vocaloid.



    People have been trying to craft singing dolls for centuries. With hand operation the best you'll ever get is voicelike sounds, not words. I think then your best outcome would be a curio not played much but maybe fetching fair price by the folks who collect old player pianos and such.


    A pong by any other name is still a pong. -williampinn
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    I am aware of vocaloid. not such a big fan of it. I realllly dislike electrical sounds (electric violin , electric guitar). So that's why I want to avoid electric things. I want it to work like how the human vocal system works.

    I realize it'll probably be insanely hard and I'm probably not going to get my answers here. But there just might be some anatomy(vocal chord)/physics wiz here.
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