[bct] Re: Speach synthesisers

  • From: "Jake Joehl" <jajoehl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 11:09:08 -0600

I agree Tim. When I had a copy of Wineyes on a different computer, one of the synth choices was Via Voice and it did sound identical to Eloquence. Regarding spam messages, I wear headphones so as not to cause a row between my Eloquence and my roommate's Eloquence. I suppose it would be rather cool though, to just unplug my headset and turn up my speakers full-blast and have it read a spam message, just to see how my roommate and the other people in our building would react.
Jake
----- Original Message ----- From: "Tim Cross" <tcross@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, 13 February, 2006 5:01 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Speach synthesisers




I'm not 100% sure, but seem to remember being told that elequance is based on the IBM ViaVoice text-to-speech engine. I like this engine because it is one of the few TTS engines which handles fast speaking rates well. The other one I know of is the dectalk, which I also like.

One of the problems I find is that as research tries harder and harder
to create more realistic synthesized voices, we get improved voices
which run at a "standard" speaking rate, but at higher rates, the
speech degrades badly and becomes difficult to understand.

For users who rely on speech synthesis, I think fast rates are
important - if I had to listen to everything at a normal speaking
rate, I'd both go mad and only get a third of the work done. I also
like the fact that at work, nobody can actually understand what I'm
listening to, which is handy. Though, I do wonder what the office
would think if they heard my computer yelling out "Viagra", "penis
enlargement patches", "Cheap Meds" and "You have won 1000000 euros" -
bloody spam!

Tim

Riz writes:
> Hmm, interesting, I use Elequance but am not a big fan of it my-self.
> Riz
> ----- Original Message ----- > From: Jake Joehl
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> Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 5:45 PM
> Subject: [bct] Re: Speach synthesisers
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> Hi Riz. I use Eloquence as my default speech synth with JAWS and love > it. The speech is very customizable. I also like the DEC-talk family of > synths a lot.
> Jake
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> Can any one recommend a good speach synthesiser? I know that the > more human like they become the slower they become. It would be > interesting to find what everyone else hear thinks and which speach > synthasisers you use. I know some people do not care what kind of > speach they get whilst others want the speach as fast as possible but I > would really like to find one that is as human like as possible, any > suggestions would be graitly apreciated.
> Riz
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> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Hmm, interesting, I use Elequance but am > not a big
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> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Hi Riz. I use Eloquence as my default > speech
> synth with JAWS and love it. The speech is very customizable. I also > like the
> DEC-talk family of synths a lot.</FONT></DIV>
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> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Can any one recommend a good speach
> synthesiser?&nbsp; I know that the more human like they become the > slower
> they become.&nbsp; It would be interesting to find what everyone > else hear
> thinks and which speach synthasisers you use.&nbsp; I know some > people do
> not care what kind of speach they get whilst others want the speach > as fast
> as possible but I would really like to find one that is as human > like as
> possible, any suggestions would be graitly apreciated.</FONT></DIV>
> <DIV>Riz</DIV>
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