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Subject: Re: Voices

Re: Voices

From: Christi Alice Scarborough <christi_at_chiark.greenend.org.uk>
Date: 2006-01-30

Ronald Teune wrote:

> On Sun, 29 Jan 2006 01:45:53 +0100, <rockbox-request@cool.haxx.se> wrote:
>
>> usual voice prompts. I hired a female DJ to read my scripts into the
>> digitizer I'd set up in a PC. I think I paid her $50 for the session.
>>
>> That might be the way to resolve this voice problem once and for all.
>> Find someone with voice training to read all the prompts, one right
>> after another, and split them up with a sound editor. Might not even
>> have to pay him/her.
>>
>> John
>
>
> Christi did it:
> http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/bin/view/Main/VoiceFiles#Outdated_voice_files
>
> http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/pub/Main/VoiceFiles/ukspoken_1.0.zip
>
> It's from may 2004 however, so somewhat outdated :-)
> I guess it's quite much of a job speaking all these things. How about
> asking everyone on the list to speak one or two phrases? This way
> you'd hear some other voices every once in a while :-)

Actually the killer is editing down the recording to seperate vice
files. I prefer to do a minimum of three takes of each phrase so I can
pick the best one. This then has to be manually picked out from the
recording and saved to a long filename. It's a highly repetative and
boring task. And then the things that need voicing change so often that
they quickly beome out of date.

I'd be willing to do an up to date recording with my now much better
recording equipment if someone else were willing to take my raw sound
file and turn it into a voice file. Even reading five hundred odd
phrases into a mic is not an insignificant amount of effort.

Christi
Received on Mon Jan 30 01:07:38 2006


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