[DECtalk], Re: If Dectalk were made open source, I'd...

  • From: "Jayson Smith" <ratguy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 18:20:16 -0400

Ok, here's another thing I would do.
I'd make a command line utility to take a Dectalk file, turn it into a .wav
file, then exit.  I don't know of any way to do that right from the command
line at present.  I was hoping that the Dectalk demo for Linux would be
something like that, but aparently it isn't as it requires GTK.
Jayson.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jayson Smith" <ratguy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 12:10 AM
Subject: [DECtalk], Re: If Dectalk were made open source, I'd...


> Oh I forgot one biggy.  Have you ever noticed that the D sound, as in the
> word "dog", that you get when you have Dectalk say a word doesn't sound
the
> same as what you get when Dectalk sings or speaks using phonemes?  Imho,
the
> d you get in regular speech sounds more natural.  I had a look in the
manual
> some time ago and guess what?  Aparently the Dectalk uses some other
> phonemes when constructing that nice, natural d sound, and the ever wise
> programmers of the Dectalk system chose not to make those phonemes
available
> directly to the user.  Dah!  So I'd go in and fix that up!
> Jayson.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jayson Smith" <ratguy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 12:05 AM
> Subject: [DECtalk], If Dectalk were made open source, I'd...
>
>
> > Hi,
> > An interesting thought just came to me.  I just had this idea to post to
> > this list.  If Dectalk were made open source, and you had the ability to
> do
> > anything you wanted to it, what would you do?  Now here is the only
ground
> > rule I can think of.  You don't actually need to be able to do the
things
> > you mention, E.G. if you are a total non-programmer you probably
couldn't
> do
> > much with it.  But just curious to find out what other people think
would
> be
> > cool features.  And for my part, I'd...
> > Add in a polyphonic mode!  You could make Dectalk sing using several
> voices
> > at once!
> > More range!  Three octaves?  Why not another octave in both directions?
> > That's one thing I like about Vocalwriter, but unfortunately we can't
use
> > it.  You get more range in both directions.
> > Maybe design some sort of protocol or file format where you could,
instead
> > of downloading the audio of a Dectalk performance, download a text file
of
> > said performance.  Polyphonic mode would accomplish this.  Now wouldn't
it
> > be cool if you could click on a .dec file in IE and have it
automatically
> > open up and play in a Dectalk program?
> > Add in some nifty and crazy voices.
> > So, what do you think?  Any more ideas?
> > Jayson.
> >
> >
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