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Subject: Re: voice building: which to install

Re: voice building: which to install

From: Andrew Hart <>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 11:10:01 -0400

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. :-)


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.
Received on 2007-05-29

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