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Subject: RE: using other TTS engines / voices for .talk files (Jaws / dectalk /eloquence)

RE: using other TTS engines / voices for .talk files (Jaws / dectalk /eloquence)

From: Sahal Yacoob <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 12:23:41 -0600

Hi Alex

Thanks for the responce. I have had trouble finding sites to download quality SAPI voices from. The microsoft page which is supposed to have voices gives an error, and i'm weary of other sites because the voices come only in .exe format, and I don't know any of the company names well enough to trust a random .exe.

Could you please direct me to where I could find some nice voices ?

Subject: Re: using other TTS engines / voices for .talk files (Jaws / dectalk /eloquence)
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 18:05:04 +0000


Thanks for rockbox, and especially the accessibility features.
Is it possible to use the eloquence voice ? or to use JFW (Jaws for windows - I
have version 9.0) to create the .wav files ?

Hi. Unfortunately it is not possible to use eloquence
voices that come with jaws to create the clips, because those voices are locked
so they can only be used with jaws.
You can only use sapi voices for creating the files,
though there are many very good quality voices around.
The only way you might be able to use eloquence
voices to create a rockbox voice or talk clips, would be if you
were to install the various eloquence sapi 4 voices. However many users
including me have experienced problems using sapi 4 eloquence voices, in fact I
eventually gave up, as although I eventually did get a voice to create, the sapi
4 eloquence doesn't sound like that included with jaws. Also, for some reason
after a cygwin reinstall it stopped liking the sapi 4 eloquence. You can use the
real speak solo voices that were shipped with older versions of jaws, but you
will have to download these, as the new real speak direct voices they ship with
jaws are now locked to it like eloquence is.
I use some very good quality sapi 5 voices, that sound
almost human, I don't like the real speak solo voices
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