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AT Manual Page: Small Talk Sequencer (sequenced voice-output device or VOD)

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This is a view of a Small Talk Sequencer, looking down from above.
Small Talk Sequencer (top view)

Instructions

The On/Volume knob is on the bottom of the device.

Recording

You can record up to five minutes’ worth of messages (and up to 250 steps).

  1. Press and hold the red Record button on the bottom of the device.
  2. Repeat the following for each “step” in the sequence:
    1. At the same time as you are holding down the small Record button, press and hold the red button on top of the device while you…
    2. Speak (into the black microphone patch on the back of the device); then
    3. Release only the top button when you are done speaking between steps.
  3. When you are finished with the entire sequence, release the small Record button.

In other words, you will hold down the bottom Record button the whole time, and repeatedly press-and-release the top button to record each individual step.

Playback

  1. Set the toggle switch on the bottom of the device to either:
    1. Random (so that the steps will be played in random order); or
    2. Sequencer/Single (so that the steps will be played in the order in which they were recorded).
  2. Then just press the top red button to play each step.
This is a view of a Small Talk Sequencer, looking underneath.
Small Talk Sequencer (bottom view)

Troubleshooting

The first thing to check is the batteries.

  • Use 4 AAA alkaline batteries, not rechargeables.
  • Whenever you install new batteries correctly (with the device switched on), the sequencer emits a tone. If no tone is emitted, then you should make sure that the new batteries are actually new, and not just other old ones that someone has left lying around.

Notes

  • If you are not going to use this device for a long period of time, remove the batteries; keep them together since they’ll have the same level of charge.
  • This sequencer can connect to other devices (with a 1/8-inch mono plug cable).
    • Use the “Device” (output) jack to connect to a device that the sequencer will activate.
    • Use the “Switch” (input) jack to connect to a switch that will activate the sequencer.
    This is a view of a Small Talk Sequencer, looking from the back.
    Small Talk Sequencer (back view)
  • Do not submerge this device.

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