Anyway possible using Svox Classic TTS engine with Ubuntu?

Fernando Botelho fernando.botelho at
Fri May 10 12:42:57 UTC 2013

Well, since Voxin is no longer for sale, this might be a good time for 
us to get started on improving espeak in Spanish.

If anyone is interested, please write to me off list.



On 05/10/2013 01:46 AM, B. Henry wrote:
> The svox voices were donated I thought, or was this only for Windows usage?
> I don't like pico svox at all for English, but found them quite listenable in French, and a much better alternative to espeak for Spanish; and at the moment the only alternative for Spanish in Linux that's of quality for
>   the average user to use on a production system is Voxin, (IBMtts).
> I certainly don't mind paying the $5 U.S. that a Voxin voice costs, but alternatives would certainly be welcomed. I am a big espeak fan, and do want to work with J.D. to try and improve Spanish when ever I get the chance to make some decent recordings, but no one nor two synths will be for everyone.
> BTW-does anyone have experience with Festival and Spanish?
> --
> B.H.
> On Tue, May 07, 2013 at 08:28:46AM -0400, Kyle wrote:
>> According to Fernando Botelho:
>> # Someone with experience adapting voices for use with Orca/speech
>> # dispatcher is:
>> # Bohdan R. Rau
>> # ethanak at
>> #
>> # He was working on adapting SAPI voices for use in Linux through Wine.
>> # Maybe his experience would help with this.
>> Android voices should be even easier than SAPI voices to make work with
>> speech-dispatcher, since x86 builds of Android are now available, and
>> the voices need to be built for it, making them one step closer to
>> x86-based desktop Linux. The main issue is going to be convincing the
>> developers of such voices that many of us would be interested in
>> purchasing them for a desktop Linux operating system, which would go a
>> long way toward resolving any remaining incompatibilities and also would
>> avoid licensing problems that could arise from running a voice on
>> something other than the intended platform. Only the speech-dispatcher
>> module would need to be figured out at that point. Of course the voices
>> would need to be built for x86_64 as well, but in most cases this
>> shouldn't cause significant problems.
>> ~Kyle
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