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Subject: Re: Talkbox for Dummies

Re: Talkbox for Dummies

From: Brian Wolven <>
Date: Sat, 03 Apr 2004 19:50:41 -0500

d bean wrote:

> I heard about talkbox a long time ago, but I have not kept up on it.
> In the most basic way possible, how do I install/use talkbox. What are
> all of the files that I will need to have? Where can I get them? What
> should I do with all these files? How do I use the features? Can I
> record - using my built in voice recorder - my own "talking" files?
> I am running a flashed FM recorder 20 and am using the 04/01/2004 daily
> build. Thanks.

There are really two separate voice options available. The talking menus
were added to rockbox by Joerg, and require the english.voice file to be
placed in your .rockbox\langs directory, as mentioned by Glenn. This is
supported by all daily builds since March 27, but you'll want to grab
both an updated build and the corresponding new voice file (linked in
Glenn's post) so that the versions match properly. If you hit the F1 key
to access your rockbox settings, you will see a set of voice options in
there now. You can choose to have menu items spoken, file numbers
spoken, and folders spoken as numbers (with no additional files needed)
or as the actual folder names. You can choose between having the folder
names spoken on entering the folder or while hovering, also. The
speaking of folder names was originally the 'talkbox' patch by John
Covici, which was then folded into the mainstream rockbox code, also by

If you'd like to have your music folder names spoken, then you need to
place a small mp3 clip called .dirname.mp3 in each folder you'd like to
have read. You can do this yourself, or use a VBScript (if you have a
windows machine) to have it done automatically using the default voice
you have selected in the control panel. Just hook your archos up to your
PC and then drag the folder containing your music files and drop it on
the script. The folder will be processed recursively, so all subfolders
will be done at the same time. The VBScript can be grabbed at either
or has both mp3Clipgen.vbs and another script that makes
playlists of all songs in a folder, excluding the .dirname.mp3 files. It
works on a drag and drop basis also.

I hope that helps - please ask if you have any additional questions.

Received on 2004-04-04

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