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Subject: Re: a solution for voice clips (talkbox/UI)
From: Brian Wolven (brian.wolven_at_verizon.net)
Date: 2004-03-06


[IDC]Dragon wrote:
> Hello,
>
> the topic of blind usage brought me into the field of text-to-speach
> converters.
>
> I learned about the Microsoft Speech API (SAPI), which makes it very easy to
> program talking applications, but sounds pretty crappy. I have made a first
> command line program. All it does is "speak" the text of the first command
> line argument into a wav file. This can be useful to make Talkbox clips in an
> automated way, recursively across the whole disk if you like and if somebody
> makes a Perl script for it (hint, wink).
> My program is here:
> http://joerg.hohensohn.bei.t-online.de/archos/speech/speak
> I don't know if this runs on a plain standard Windows box, maybe you need to
> install some SAPI runtime:
> http://www.microsoft.com/speech/download/sdk51/
>
>
> The best speech is done by AT&T Natural Voices. I have no program which uses
> it, but there's an interactive web demo:
> http://www.naturalvoices.att.com/demos/
> Just an idea: would it be possible to abuse this demo and harvest the wav
> files it generates, in an automated way? I have no web programming skills,
> maybe somebody else can look behind the scenes.

Here is an interesting set of samples for comparison of various TTS
engines. The Voiceware TTS engine sounds pretty good, too, but I don't
know how you'd get hold of it.

http://www.tmaa.com/tts/comparison_USEng_telephony.htm

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