Linux TTS Voices
kyle4jesus at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 20:31:55 UTC 2010
eSpeak is currently the best free/open source voice synthesizer
available for Linux, and it's really quite good, especially considering
its size and memory usage. I use it on my system every day and it
definitely sounds better than flite, better than the old Microsoft
voices such as Sam, Mary and mike and much better than the proprietary
and unmaintained IBMTTS or ViaVoice or TTSynth or Voxin or whatever
they're calling it now. That being said, some people are used to hearing
the outdated voices, and there are some other proprietary voices that do
sound good. Since it's all about user preference and giving people
choices, an interface to speech-dispatcher may be the best thing for
your application, unless you are writing it for personal use only.
Something simple could basically pipe through spd-say or have its own
simple client. Something more complex can interface directly with the
speech-dispatcher API for much more user control and/or functionality.
Hope this helps,
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