Voxin voices work great, espeak not so much in Ubuntu 9.04

Bill Cox waywardgeek at gmail.com
Sun Jul 12 21:10:34 BST 2009

I think the equivalence of Eloquence in linux is voxin, which you can
buy for < $10 at http://voxin.oralux.net.  It's basically IBM
Viavoice.  Getting it to work with speakup takes a bit of work.  I
followed these instructions:


On my system (Ubuntu 9.04 x64 using pulseaudio), I had to run
speech-dispatcher and then speechd-up after loging in, but then
everything works very well.  Seeing how much easier it is to just use
espeakup (instructions are at http://stormdragon.us/?p=44), maybe I
should just get off my high horse and learn to like the espeak voice.


On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 3:32 PM, Peter Torpey<ptorpey at rochester.rr.com> wrote:
> From: Bill Cox <waywardgeek at gmail.com>
> Subject: Voxin voices work great, espeak not so much in Ubuntu 9.04
>        [PT] I found that the Viavox synthesizer did not work well with
> gnome-speech and pulse audio.  The problem I had was when a large amount of
> output was printed to the terminal in gnome-terminal, I could not get Voxin
> to shut up.  Sometimes it would continue for several minutes despite any key
> press.
> After talking to the folks at Oralux, I finally removed pulseaudio,
> connected all of my sounds through alsa, and ran Voxin with
> speech-dispatcher.  Now I can immediately stop the speaking of Voxin
> whenever I want without any problem.
> Thus, I wouldn't recommend using Voxin with gnome-speech, but rather would
> use speech-dispatcher.  But, speech-dispatcher may interfere with
> pulseaudio, so I removed that.
> --Petex64
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> I'm running the latest code for atk, at-spi, orca, and compiz.  I also
> have upgraded from the proposed repository.  I have found that the old
> IBM Viavoice speech engine works great with pulseaudio and Gnome
> Speech Services, when using the IBM Viavoice GNOME Speech Driver.
> However, the espeak driver still gets cut off and choppy, and is
> basically unusable.
> I would recommend to anyone out there who prefers Viavoice over espeak
> to just install it, and don't bother removing pulseaudio or installing
> speech-dispatcher to get espeak working.
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