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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: Christopher Chaltain <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 22:08:58 -0600

Sahal Yacoob wrote:
> 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 ?
> From:
> To:
> Subject: Re: using other TTS engines / voices for .talk files (Jaws /
> dectalk /eloquence)
> Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 18:05:04 +0000
> Hi.
> 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 much.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Since you're running JFW 9 you should have access to the Real Speak
voices that shipped with JFW 8. I got a CD when JFW 8 was shipped to me
with the Real Speak voices on it. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how else
to get them; maybe you could contact Freedom Scientific. If you have
that CD then you can install those voices and use them with VoiceBox.

As was stated above, you can download the Real Speak voices to use with
JFW 10, but these are locked so you can only use them with JFW 10. They
won't work with VoiceBox.

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your response above the message you're replying to. Proper list
etiquette says you should put your response below the message you're
responding to and trim the part of the message that doesn't pertain to
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