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Subject: Re: Voices

Re: Voices

From: David Wright <gymnastdave_at_sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2006-01-30

Why not use a TTS such as Loquendo.
I've heard samples and they sound great.
Besides, aren't they supposed to be
working on a TTS which uses emotion.
They are, at least, the most realistic
sounding TTS I've heard in a long time.
Dave

> ----- Original Message -----
>From: Bluechip <csbluechip@gmail.com
>To: Rockbox <rockbox@cool.haxx.se
>Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 05:15:52 +0000
>Subject: Re: Voices

>Ah! Yes! Point taken.

>In fairness, the sort of speech synth
that will run on these low-specced
>devices is not going to compete with a
2GB install of a professional synth
>on your AMD64 for many reasons - but
what it _would_ mean is that you will
>never need to generate sound clips ever
again.

>BC

>>I think he ment Microsoft sam.
>>----- Original Message ----- From:
"Bluechip" <csbluechip@gmail.com
>>To: "Rockbox" <rockbox@cool.haxx.se
>>Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 3:40 PM
>>Subject: Re: Voices

>>>At 04:30 30/01/2006, you wrote:
>>>>Hi you wrote:
>>>>I think the dev that knocks up a
reasonable voice synth will be the hero
of
>>>>the hour.

>>>>Food for thought...
>>>>Do you mean a real little voice synth
like say a text to speech engine?

>>>Yes. I vividly recall the Amiga doing a
very good job of voice synth
>>>(and I'm not the first to mention it
this time around). I would be
>>>surprised if we couldn't create
something that could be quickly
>>>understood - heck! track down the guy
who did the Amiga code and ask
>>>nicely - it is my experience that
(old-ex) Amiga coders are some of the
>>>most altruistic coders out there today.

>>>> Or,
>>>>the MP3 clip types using a SAPI voice.
I'm spoiled by some of the product
>>>>Dev's like Jenn's have put out. No Sam
Please. I beg of you...nNo SAM! !
>>>>Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! !

>>>Sam?

>>>>LOL...rocker

>>>>----- Original Message -----
>>>>From: "Bluechip" <csbluechip@gmail.com
>>>>To: "Rockbox" <rockbox@cool.haxx.se
>>>>Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2006 8:14 PM
>>>>Subject: Re: Voices

>>>>I think the dev that knocks up a
reasonable voice synth will be the hero
of
>>>>the hour.

>>>>Food for thought...

>>>>If voice were enabled, then, at boot,
rockbox could say "boot complete" or
>>>><whatever>.
>>>>If that sample were "Powered by
<sound-synth>" or similar, would one of
the
>>>>voice synth companies consider that to
be sufficient advertising in
>>>>exchange for allowing us to distribute
voice fonts made by their
>>>>software. Not free. Not pay. Just
good cost effective publicity!

>>>>I'm sure the blind people would happily
hassle their repsective synth
>>>>companies to get one interested, and
then Zagor can take over from there to
>>>>satisfyhis legal requirements?

>>>>Just something to think about is all.

>>>>BC

>>>>At 03:02 30/01/2006, you wrote:
>>>>>I noticed a tutorial on how to create
voice files for rockbox using a
>>>>>Sappy 4 and 5. How would I go about
creating voice files using my voice
>>>>>or a human voice? Is the process any
easier?
>>>>>Dave

>>>>>>----- Original Message -----
>>>>>>From: "Grant Hardy"
>>>>><granthardy@gmail.com
>>>>>>To: "Rockbox" <rockbox@cool.haxx.se
>>>>>>Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2006 18:51:05 -0800
>>>>>>Subject: Re: Voices

>>>>>>Lol, I'm no admin, I just liked the
>>>>>sound of your idea.
>>>>>>----- Original Message -----
>>>>>>From: <jimfidler@gmail.com
>>>>>>To: "Rockbox" <rockbox@cool.haxx.se
>>>>>>Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2006 5:20 PM
>>>>>>Subject: Re: Voices

>>>>>>>No problem,
>>>>>>>more than happy to pitch in.

>>>>>>>Now, what to do?
>>>>>>>I can be reached at:
>>>>>>>jimfidler+rockbox@gmail.com

>>>>>>>I look forward to hearing from you; who
>>>>>ever you are. <g

>>>>>>>Cheers,
>>>>>>>Jim

>>>>>>>www.republicofavalonradio.com
>>>>>>>www.jimfidler.com

>>>>>>>At 04:57 PM 29/01/2006 -0800, you
>>>>>wrote:

>>>>>>>>Sounds GREAT, thanks.
>>>>>>>>----- Original Message ----- From:
>>>>><jimfidler@gmail.com
>>>>>>>>To: "Rockbox" <rockbox@cool.haxx.se
>>>>>>>>Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2006 4:36 PM
>>>>>>>>Subject: Re: Voices

>>>>>>>>>I'd be willing to do the edit work.
>>>>>>>>>I have a recording studio and spend
>>>>>quite a bit of time editing anyway; I
>>>>>>>>>really don't mind it at all.

>>>>>>>>>I also do a podcast:
>>>>>>>>>www.republicofavalonradio.com

>>>>>>>>>The feed is:
>>>>>>>>>http://feeds.feedburner.com/republicofav
>>>>>alonradio

>>>>>>>>>I could even do the voice bits if
>>>>>needed...

>>>>>>>>>Cheers,
>>>>>>>>>Jim

>>>>>>>>>www.republicofavalonradio.com
>>>>>>>>>www.jimfidler.com

>>>>>>>>>At 12:04 AM 30/01/2006 +0000, you wrote:

>>>>>>>>>>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/Ma
>>>>>in/VoiceFiles#Outdated_voice_files
>>>>>>>>>>>http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/pub/Main/Vo
>>>>>iceFiles/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

>>>>>>>>>Roots Cellar Productions Inc.
>>>>>>>>>P.O. Box 5851 St. John's,
>>>>>Newfoundland A1C 5X3
>>>>>>>>>Tel: 1--709--726-8663 Fax:
>>>>>1--709--726-3299
>>>>>>>>>"There are 3 types of people: those who
>>>>>know, those who don't and those
>>>>>>>>>who won't."

>>>>>>>Roots Cellar Productions Inc.
>>>>>>>P.O. Box 5851 St. John's,
>>>>>Newfoundland A1C 5X3
>>>>>>>Tel: 1--709--726-8663 Fax:
>>>>>1--709--726-3299
>>>>>>>"There are 3 types of people: those
>>>>>who know, those who don't and those
>>>>>>>who won't."
Received on Mon Jan 30 13:35:31 2006


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