Re: New speech speed-up library available under GPL

He succeeded wonderfully.  Even got emacspeak with espeak to work
without chopping off the ends of syllables in links and line endings.
Also can navigate by char now.  In orca and speak-up, espeak now
sounds fluid when sped up to about 300 words per minute.  As for the
clarity of it or the asthetics of the voice, it is still espeak.  It
doesn't sound as nice as eloquence or dectalk or anything like that
but, it's free and its fast and it works just fine.  Nice work, Bill.

Alex M

On 11/9/10, Ken Perry <whistler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I think Bill is applying this library to the speech dispatcher so that
> should take care of making speeding up espeak sound better.
>
> Ken
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> Hi,
> It would be wonderful if someone would have a look at Espeak. I don't know
> C, so I can't help with that project.
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> Jim
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> Hi, Stefik.  There aren't any tutorials yet.  The project is too new.
> I'm currently hacking it into speech-dispatcher to enable Linux users
> to enjoy it.
>
> I do believe it will be useful in a lot of places.  Mainly, I was
> worried that excellent TTS systems like Eloquence are slowly going
> away, leaving people with vision impairments with only slow natural
> speech TTS systems.  Now I feel that problem is solved, as we can
> speed up any natural TTS system and I think achieve very high
> listening rates.  I've been testing my friends and family (they think
> I'm weird, but that's nothing new).  My family can listen from 2.5X to
> 3X faster than recorded without training, and my old school friend can
> listen at 3.5X speed up.  I can listen at about 4X, but I've been
> training to speed-listen for over a year.  All of us can listen to
> real voices at faster rates than we can alisten to Eloquence.  This
> leads me to be hopeful about the future of TTS.
>
> Bill
>> Any tutorials available for how you would use it with various existing
>> speech architectures? This sounds like a useful project.
>>
>> Stefik
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM, Alex Midence <alex.midence@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>>> On 11/4/10, Bill Cox <waywardgeek@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> I've release a new very simple library for speeding up or slowing down
>>>> speech.  It's primary strength is high quality at greater than 2X
>>>> speed up.  The code can be checked out with:
>>>>
>>>> $ git clone git://vinux-project.org/sonic
>>>>
>>>> There are speech samples in the samples directory.  The primary
>>>> motivation for this library is to enable low speed speech synthesizers
>>>> to play at high speed with high quality.  My hope is that many will be
>>>> as easy to comprehend as Eloquence, giving us a lot more options in
>>>> high speed TTS.
>>>>
>>>> Bill
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