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Subject: Re: voice file generation (Re: english.voice using AT&T Natural Voices)
From: [IDC]Dragon (idc-dragon_at_gmx.de)
Date: 2004-04-02


> Mind that I'm not making any promises here, but due to my inability to
> get the SAPI stuff to work on my Win98SE/98lite installation (the
> mp3ClipGen.vbs kept on telling me I didn't have SAPI installed, although
> I had and the speech control panel even let me test some of the L&H
> voices),

I don't know about if and how this MS speech stuff is supposed to work under
Win98. It's included in W2k and XP, really nice voices need 3rd party
add-ons (AT&T).

> I've also hacked up a shell script to do what mp3ClipGen does. It still
> has a bug and a few rough edges (e.g. I'd like to be able to select the
> voice, although I'm sure I'll personally stay with the arctic_slt voice,
> it's the best festival voice I've found so far; and it relies on the
> festival server already running on the local server and default port),
> but will get finished over the weekend, hopefully.

Ah, the linux front moves, nice!

> If there's any time and energy left after this, I'll give the voicefont
> generation a try. And in the unlikely event that there's even more time
> and energy left, I may try producing a german.voice using the adaption
> of festival to German.

You should be able to compile the voicefont program as is. What you need is
the clip generation from the .lang file.

For the german (or any other language) part, the german.lang file needs to
be synced for those voice: entries. As a first shot, all the used ones (which
have a content in the english file) can be set to the display string. That's
how I did, with some editor macros. This is a good basis for updating them to
no abbreviations, etc. thereafter.
I have to do some work to make sure that other language voices get loaded,
currently english.voice is hard coded, it won't load anything else regardless
of language settings. So for now you'd have to rename your file to become
english.voice.

Thanks for the effort!

Jörg

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