[guispeak] Fw: BlindNews: Cepstral Breaks the 2 MB Voice Barrier: TinyText-to-Speech Voices Poised to Make Big Waves

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Subject: BlindNews: Cepstral Breaks the 2 MB Voice Barrier:
TinyText-to-Speech Voices Poised to Make Big Waves

> Market Wire (Press Release)
> Wednesday, January 05, 2005
> Cepstral Breaks the 2 MB Voice Barrier: Tiny Text-to-Speech Voices Poised
to Make Big Waves
> PITTSBURGH, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/05/2005 -- Cepstral LLC announced a
new software release capable of producing fully general, unit selection
Text-to-Speech (TTS) voices that are under two megabytes in size on the eve
of the Consumer Electronics Show, CES, in Las Vegas.
> Cepstral's new Swift 3.1 engine is the first high-quality human sounding
voice based on unit selection technology to reach this threshold. "This puts
high quality Text-to-Speech within reach for consumer electronics
manufacturers enabling them to place features onboard such as talking
e-mail, talking e-books, spoken reminders, or talking directions," said CEO
and co-founder Kevin Lenzo.
> By scaling high-quality voices down to 2 megabytes, they can potentially
fit inside today's compact consumer electronics. This is important because
the features afforded by TTS solve several real problems. For instance,
there are safety concerns over portable devices being used while operating a
vehicle. Text-to-Speech facilitates connectivity by offering a hands-free,
eyes-free interface which in turn increases the utility and value of such
> Devices that help people manage dynamic data are especially well suited
for TTS. A synthetic voice offers unconstrained content delivery so whether
the device is an email tool, navigation tool, learning tool, or bio-metric
tool, Cepstral's TTS engine can speak the results.
> While tiny in size, these software voices can say anything. Currently,
they are available only as male and female US English voices, but will soon
be available in a half-dozen languages. Cepstral's voices are platform
independent, running on Windows, WinCE, Linux, and Palm powered devices. The
voices are scalable by design and can be tailored to meet specific size
requirements anywhere from 2 MB and higher. "The bottom line is Swift 3.1 is
the smallest high-quality, unit selection TTS engine on the market. Even at
that, the Swift engine outperforms competing products that are hundreds of
times its size in terms of platform independence, speed, and pronunciation
accuracy," said Mr. Lenzo.
> Cepstral was founded in 2000 by Dr. Alan W. Black and Kevin Lenzo, two
renowned speech synthesis scientists from Carnegie Mellon University. The
company specializes in producing high-quality, small-footprint TTS for the
embedded electronics markets.
> For more information about Text-to-Speech, or to schedule an interview
with Kevin Lenzo, please call Craig Campbell at 412/432-0400 or
> Contact:
> Craig Campbell
> Cepstral, LLC
> 412/432-0400
> craig@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> http://www.cepstral.com/
> SOURCE:  Cepstral LLC
> http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=78527
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