I will show you how to set up your Frsky Taranis X9D to play custom sound track using a switch, how to generate this sound track file (mp3 file), using text to speech online services. Finally, how to change the Taranis greeting message when you turn it on.
One great feature of the Taranis is the voice feedback, and ability of playing sound tracks or even songs. You can have it talking to you, to report current flight information such as telemetry data, which is great especially when you are busy looking at the FPV goggle or screen.
Also check out this Taranis Telemetry Tutorial.
But did you know that you can also configure it to play custom sound tracks? Use it to play a funny or naughty greeting as you switch on the radio transmitter just before the flight, or play a message to a stranger who is trying to ask you questions while your quadcopter is still in the air.
i think it’s relatively straight forward, so I will keep it simple and brief. If you have any questions please commend down below.
Generate Custom Voice message (Text to Speech Conversion)
You can record your own voice message and convert it into a sound track. But most people would rather want a voice of a sexy lady. :) So here is a common way on how to do it.
Go to http://www.acapela-group.com, type in the message you want and click “Listen”. However you are not given any option to download the sound file. Here is a trick to do so.
After pressing “listen”, the sound file is generated and stored on their website. You can find the link to the file in the Browser Developer mode, where you can see the HTML code of the website. In Google Chrome:
- press F12
- click on the HTML code
- press Ctrl + F
- type in “.mp3” and hit enter
Once you find the link to the mp3 file, open it in a new tab, right click on the page and choose “Save as” to save the file locally on your computer.
Converting MP3 File Format to WAV Format that Taranis Supports
Taranis does not support MP3 file format, only WAV format, therefore you need to convert it first. There is a free open source tool called Audacity, which works on Windows, Linux and Mac.
It also allows you to trim, cut, edit the sound track. If you are happy with the result, simply select the part of sound track you want, and click on “Export selected sound track” option in the File tab.
Default output settings works just fine on the Taranis.
Putting Sound Track Files on Taranis
Two ways to do it.
1. Take your SD card out of the Taranis, and insert it into your computer.
2. Access the SD card on the Taranis, by connecting the Taranis to the computer with a Mini USB cable. But you need to turn on the Taranis first by holding both trim buttons towards the centre as instructed below.
The sounds files are all in the “SOUNDS\en” directory on the SD card. Once you place the file there, the Taranis will pick it up and it should be available as an option in the next step.
Note: It’s best to keep the file name short, and try to avoid having symbols in the name, otherwise your file might not be detected.
Configure Switch on Taranis to Play Sound Track File
Final Step! And it’s simple.
On your Taranis, go to the Special Functions page, add a new function, assign a spare switch for playing the sound track, Second option should be “Play Track”, and third option is the file you want to play. Forth option is how many times you want to play it.
Changing Switch-On Greeting Message on Taranis
As you turn on the Taranis, you hear: “Welcome to OpenTX”.
Isn’t that boring? Let’s change it.
I don’t know if there is any other way to do that on the Radio, or on the Companion Software. But I found that it’s pretty easy to replace the original greeting sound file, with the one we want.
The original greeting is located in “SOUNDS\en\system\tada.wav”. I rename it to “tada_old.wav”, and put yours custom sound track in there and name it “tada.wav”.
There you have it! Let me know if you come up with any funny or creative ideas on how to use custom voice message on your Taranis.
Want to learn more about the Taranis D9X transmitter? Have a look at this review.