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Re: Voice recognition

speech recognition (practical use, not research) is my day job.  if anyone
has real need of this type of thing (ie, you can't use your hands), i am
happy to offer advice (and available for consulting).


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeff Larson" <Jeffrey.Larson@Sun.COM>
To: <info@krispenhartung.com>
Cc: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2005 10:20 PM
Subject: Re: Voice recognition

> Krispen Hartung wrote:
>  > Off this topic, has anyone explored the concept of voice
>  > recognition-activated MIDI switching?  You could wear a head set or
>  > phone-like mic that connected to the computer....when you said, let's
>  > say, "Ring Mod", the computer would recognize the command and make the
>  > MIDI change to your rack gear.
> This has been a holy grail of man/machine interfaces for a long time.
> Much progress has been made, but they still tend to be a bit quirky.
> I'm not familiar with any products specifically for musical use, but of
> the ones that I've seen, you have to have a clean quiet signal and
> e n u c i a t e  v e r y  c l e a r l y.  Most systems require "training"
> where they make you speak a few words or phrases in order to analyze
> the characteristics of your voice.  Once trained, they can only
> recognize a similar sounding voice.  The difference between male and
> female (pitch) or between healthy and sick (timbre) will confuse it.
> When performing live, you have the added complication of sound bleed
> from other sources.
> I'm sure there are pieces you could hack together that under the right
> circumstances would work.  But I'm not aware of anything that is
> packaged and optimized for use by musicians.  Even if there were,
> it would still be unreliable unless you could ensure a pristine
> signal (i.e. no stage microphones).
> In practice, nothing beats a dumb old foot switch.
> Jeff