Linux TTS Voices
fred at fwrgallery.com
Fri Feb 26 11:47:30 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 the outdated voices, and there are some other proprietary voices that do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,
Also, you could look into "mbrola":
This works /with/ espeak and helps humanize the voices significantly
over espeak regular (in my experience)
Here is an example I was working on a while back:
granted it's a bit clippy but that would be because I had the speed set
to 200 wpm.
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