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Subject: Re: voice building: which to install

Re: voice building: which to install

From: Christopher Chaltain <>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 10:52:39 -0500

Christopher Chaltain wrote:
> 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. :-)
>> Andrew.
>> Paul Erkens wrote:
>>> 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.
Oops, obviously you can create voice files using the Real Speak voices
and use them for your own personal use, what I'm not sure about is how
widely you could distribute them.

Received on 2007-05-29

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