Posts tagged with “Kevin Tschudi”

An Interview with Kevin Tschudi

One of the most famous TRS‑80 companies was Alpha Products. If you called technical support at Alpha Products after 1984, you probably spoke to Kevin Tschudi. While working there from 1981 to 1991, he wrote the VS-100 Talker software and Newclock-80 drivers and co-designed the A-Bus system.

In this interview, conducted in August 2011, he talks about his experiences at Alpha Products.

The VS-100 Voice Synthesizer

The Alpha Products VS-100 was a popular voice synthesizer for the TRS‑80, selling thousand of units. Introduced in 1983 by Alpha Products for a price of $69.95, the VS-100 was available for the TRS‑80 Model I, Model III, Model 4, and also the Color Computer. Alpha Products lowered the price of the VS-100 several times; it was reduced to $49.95 in 1985 and $24.95 in 1987.

The VS-100 was a 3″ by 5″ unit that connected to the expansion port of the Model I, Model III, or Model 4.