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Subject: Re: Generating non-English voice sets daily (testers needed!)

Re: Generating non-English voice sets daily (testers needed!)

From: johnb via rockbox-dev <>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2020 16:14:30 +0200

German (deutsch) sounds very distorted and some vowels are not pronounced
(dropped), e.g. Dat(ei)ansicht (file view).

Am Sa., 11. Juli 2020 um 20:52 Uhr schrieb Solomon Peachy via rockbox-dev <>:

> Over the past few days I've done a lot of work fixing up warts relating
> to generating non-English voice files.
> Things have progressed to the point where all the build infrastructure
> can now automatically generate (and present for download) multiple voice
> files, with each voice having its own language, tts engine, and tts
> options specified.
> (Why multiple voices per language? Consider different voice genders or
> regional pronunciations, or in a more extreme example, China has
> multiple distinct spoken languages that share a common script!)
> So, I just have to flip a switch and all languages with >= 95% string
> coverage [1] will get voices automagically generated every evening,
> using the espeak-ng engine's default voice for that language.
> There is probably no downside to turning this stuff on, but before I do
> so I would appreciate it if folks who speak/understand these languages
> can do a quick sanity-check to make sure the voices are usable and
> useful.
> Additionally, this change also includes a switch the nightly build's
> English voice from Festival to espeak-ng, mostly due to the latter being
> much faster at runtime. I can revert this back to festival if anyone
> feels strongly enough about it.
> Feedback appreciated!
> Meanwhile, back to the bit mines...
> [1] English, Serbian, Polish, American English, Russian, Greek, Slovak,
> Norgeigan, Italian, and German
> - Solomon
> --
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Received on 2020-07-12

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