[conspire] text to speech (was Re: Link to Online Computer Software Training and other things.)
rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Feb 10 22:33:21 PST 2008
Quoting Paul Collins (paul at burly.ondioline.org):
> "K Sandoval" <indigo.kai at gmail.com> writes:
> > I am also interested in a text to speech app. I found orca and
> > will do some research.
> > Does any here have any experience with text to speech apps for Ubuntu
> > or Linux in general?
> I played with espeak recently and found it quite good.
Thanks, Paul. By the way, very likely, I misremembered what Kai was
interested in -- and you got it right. My posts about speech
_recognition_ on Linux, with some luck, will be of interest to some folks
Speech _synthesis_ or (text to speech) is the other half of the problem,
and a far easier one.
o Festival. Centre for Speech Technology Research, U. of Edinburgh.
Supports text to speech at the command prompt, in emacs, at the
level of a C++ lib, and so on.
o eSpeak. Newer than Festival, I gather. Integrates nicely with KTTS
(which see below) and GNOME. Fairly compact.
o Flite (Festival Lite), developed at CMU to be faster/lighter than
Includes non-English voice data (which you can also use with Festival).
Note also compatible HADIFIX German-language data (proprietary terms):
o KDE Text-to-Speech System (KTSS), speech-enables KDE apps via DCOP
o FreeTTS (Java), based on CMU's Flite
o Fonix Corp. FAAST (Fonix Accelerated Application Solutions
o Cepstral Voices (proprietary).
o NCH Swift Sound Software's Verbose Text to Speech Reader
(proprietary). Requires gtk2.
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