A while back I wrote this forum post about the Taranis, "TARANIS Sound supplement StarWars" back in 2014. Well I figured it's now been buried in to the forum and lost for the most part. So I figured with all the Star Wars stuff going on, I needed to brush the dust and cobwebs off, give it a new finish and give it back to the world anew.
Here's a video I made back then as a sample of the sounds.
Now I am going to show you how to bring the voice of Jedi Master Yoda to the Taranis. What better voice could you have for your radio any way? Am I right? Now I can’t take credit for being the originator of this method. But I can show you how I did it.
For those who are interested. I have the sound files in my Dropobox that you may take and have fun with. So here you go, (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/87bzpcn4ug6ej4o/AAA55g73DuE8WUj0qg0-vdBja?dl=0)
A good question ask by hi_impact was:
Each one of these has to be saved in a specific way that you have done on the dropbox. I'm guessing the file names that you have drop box match the file names they will be replacing on taranis?
That is correct. Just save a backup before you do anything. Then download the sounds and replace the sound folder with my sound folder and reboot. Boom, Instant Jedi Master in you radio. The tutorial is for when you want to make your own personal sounds and to remind me just how I did it in the first place. I'd have to follow my own instructions again.
To get started, if you have not yet, you need to download Audacity. This program will be the instrument that transforms the sound file in to a language the Taranis understands. It will also be able to alter the sounds to your liking. But we will get back to that later.
Now go to (http://www.lessonpaths.com/learn/i/educational-tools-2/acapela-text-to-speech-demo). This sight is a free text to speech demo which by chance has a golden voice. Then there is a small blue/grey box you for Language you choose English (USA), Voice you choose (WillLittleCreature). Then you can start typing away. If you are using this for the Yoda voice there is a method that is used.
Side note: Did you know there is a national “Talk like Yoda” day? May 21st it is.
Understand Yoda's sentence structures. It is theorized that Yoda's grammar is very similar to how ancient humans spoke in 50,000 B.C. Yoda tends to structure his sentence in the subject-object-verb agreement manner instead of our modern way of structuring sentences with the subject-verb-object agreement.
• For example, "I play soccer" becomes "Soccer, I play." when Yoda says it.
• "This is my home." --> "My home, this is."
• "I will stay and help you." --> "Stay and help you, I will."
In this program, you might need to add a break like a “-“ to emphasize a word like “Ta-ran-is”. You may add as many phrases in this box as you can, adding a few periods after the phrase to give a break. This will save you some time in the future. After you finished, click on Listen. When you get the phrases you like, it’s time to move to the next step.
Now we need to grab that sound. This part gets technical. Right click next to the left of the little play button. Depending on what browser you use, choose View Frame Source. Yes, it must be FRAME SOURCE.
Around line 16 to 30 there will be a website MP3 link. Copy and paste on to a new tap on your browser.
Here it will play your sound again to you. Then go to your web browser File tab and Save This Page As. Then save to your desktop.
Smile, you are half way done. Open Audacity. Very Important, bottom left change Project Rate to 32000Hz. Otherwise your radio will not recognize the WAV file.
Then in there click “file” “open” and open your mp3 file. Here you can change it you your heart’s content. In this case it’s simple. In most cases all I used was “Effect” “Change Tempo” to 15%. Then after you are satisfied with your new mix, you highlight the section you want. Go to “File” “Export Selection” and save.
Now, to get it in to your Taranis. You can either put the radio SD card in to your computer or you can open it thourgh your radio connected thorugh the USB. Either way you choose to get there, you should be able to find the new drive in you computer.
Open the SD card drive. You should see a folder for sounds. In the sounds folder there is a folder “en”, this is where all of your sounds are stored. Move you new sounds you have created in to this file. For those that are new to computers remember, don’t just pull the cable out when you are done, you eject “safely remove” the drive before disconnecting the cable. You Taranis will reboot and now you can test your sounds.
So that should get you though the hole process. Enjoy!
Now as an extra bonus:
This is the loading screen for my radio you may change and use it if you wish. Just save it as a bitmap.