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This project uses a chip that was common in video games of the 1980′s. I really like the sounds it produces. Unfortunately there isn’t any how-to, or schematics, for this project.

This video shows a hardware (“real”) SP0256 IC sequencer from Ableton Live via internal MIDI routing and a serial connection over USB.

Learn more about controlling a speech IC via Arduino

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.



  1. anachrocomputer says:

    The SP0256-AL2 is a phoneme-based speech synthesiser chip. I connected one to my Compukit UK101 in about 1985. They seem to be still available:

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