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Subject: Re: voice building: which to install

Re: voice building: which to install

From: Christopher Chaltain <cchaltain_at_austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 10:28:57 -0500

Andrew Hart wrote:
> The version of Eloquence that comes with JAWS is crippled in so far as
> it only works with JAWS and no other product--it lacks the public SAPI
> interface. As far as I am aware, the version distributed with Window
> Eyes is a fully functioning SAPI synth. I believe Reid is SAPI 4, but
> don't quote me on that.
>
> The only stand-alone version of Eloquence I know about is IBM's Viavoice
> product (hope I've spelt that correctly). However, I don't know
> precisely from where it can be purchased. Otherwise, if you need free
> SAPI synths, there are the Microsoft SAPI 5 voices (Sam, Mary and Mike),
> FLite and ESpeak. Oh, there are Microsoft SAPI 4 voices as well, but,
> if you have a choice, SAPI 5 voices are generally better to use
> because they can convert and output speech at faster than real-time
> speaking rates, which means you can build a voice file a lot faster.
> This is a problem with SAPI 4 itself, not the voices that use SAPI 4
> standard as their application programming interface.
>
> The same holds true when using Voicebox to generate mp3 talk clips for
> the music on a DAP. using SAPI 5 will be a lot quicker than using
> SAPI 4. Of course, if you're not in a hurry, this doesn't matter. :-)
>
> Hth,
> Andrew.
>
> Paul Erkens wrote:
>> Hi ONJ and list,
>>
>> When trying to build the english.voice file using reed.vbs, it says I
>> don't have that sapi 4 voice installed. I do run jaws with eloquence
>> however.
>>
>> Where should I go, to get reed?
>>
>> Is the installation that comes with window eyes something I could use?
>>
>> Is reed a sapi 4 voice indeed?
>>
>> Paul.
>
>
Another option are the voices in Real Speak that come with JFW 8.0.
These are SAPI 5 voices. Of course, this doesn't give you Reed, and I'm
not sure what the licensing agreements are pertaining to creating voice
files with one of these voices.

-- 
Christopher
cchaltain_at_austin.rr.com
Received on 2007-05-29

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