using espeak instead of festival

Henrik Nilsen Omma henrik at
Sat Jan 6 11:35:38 GMT 2007

Hi Joshua,

We are looking at doing this, though it depends on writing a 
gnome-speech driver for espeak (the speech dispatcher solution is still 
too incomplete).



Joshua Lambert wrote:
> Would it be possible to switch from festival to the espeak software synth 
> on the live cd?  Festival and gnome-speech are two performance killers, 
> and festival is huge.  Meanwhile, espeak is small, fast, and very 
> understandable.  There is a speech-dispatcher backend for orca to allow 
> orca to recognize speech-dispatcher.  Seriously, when I use the ubuntu cd 
> with my 2ghz processor, there is a noticeable delay between the time I 
> press the arrow keys in a menu and the speech output.  On the other hand, 
> using the orca/speech-dispatcher/espeak combination on my hd installation, 
> speech is fast and responsive.  Btw, festival also yields slow 
> responsiveness on the hd.
> Cheers,
> Josh

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