[bksvol-discuss] Re: Auditory Processing Disorder and Reading Accessibility

Hi Chela!

To bad they didn't have interactive demos for all the voices this company offers, but I listened to all that were offered on the page, which were: Simon (British English male), the new Russian female voice Olga, and the new Finnish female voice Milla. I like to listen to the foreign speakers too, because I am interested to learn what languages sound like I have never heard or to see if I can understand what is said in languages I have studied in school. These speech engines are the most human I have ever heard with the emotions reflected in the tone of the voice as well as laughing, crying, sneezine, yawning, clearing the throat, kissing, etc.

Do you know whether these voices are just meant for automated systems? I have found that to be the case with other very high quality speech engines. These companies have really come a long way in natural sounding speech this century.

Debby

At 07:32 PM 12/16/2009, Chela Robles wrote
Speaking of Sapi5 voices being natural try: http://www.loquendo.com/en/demos/interactive_tts_demo.htm

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Hi Kim. Actually, there have been some amazing strides in the development of
SAPI 5 voices. Some of them are quite good, almost human. You might be
surprised. I suspect that what you have heard are the old Microsoft voices
like Sam, Mary, and Mike. Those voices are pretty awful. The newer voices
can be adjusted with rate, pitch, and inflection to sound more lifelike. In
fact, if you spend a few minutes putting some words into your JAWS or
Kurzweil dictionary, you can almost forget that it's a computer talking to
you. My voices are clear enough now that my aunt, who hasn't lived around
computer speech until this year, can understand it clearly.

That's why Bookshare gives us some free voices. They didn't skimp either.
They give us high-quality voices that make reading comfortable. I am
impressed by this, and it's something Bookshare hasn't really promoted here
on this list. I don't particularly like the VictorSoft reading program
Bookshare uses. However, I use it because of the voice when I need to learn
something. That's saying something because I was a die-hard Kurzweil reader
for years. I still use it for pleasure. When I need to concentrate and
retain something though, I switch to the Bookshare software and am glad to
have it.

Monica Willyard
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