Re: Is there a program that will help you create Sapi5 voices?

  • From: "black ares" <matematicianu2003@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 10:39:05 +0300

a theory exists, but as a theory has no implementations and no indication how 
to implement.
More than that it can not give any indication about implementing a voice.
Because there evry one uses his search for phoneme algorithm
his concatenation algorithm
and so on.
And you have a lot of choices
from the worst where you record any kind of sound in a language keep them in 
waves file and when you receive a text you parse it and search for sounds, 
concatenate them and play them.
to any better algorithm.
I am now researching for creating a romanian voice using formants.
But also here I have problems, because
I found no software accessible to help me to get out from a sound the 
frequences or the sine relations so I will have to implement a piece of soft to 
get out these informations from sound.
There is a soft praat but I didn't managed to use it.
The guy who work on espeak recomends it, but...
See you latter
Black Ares

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Octavian Rasnita 
  To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 10:25 AM
  Subject: Re: Is there a program that will help you create Sapi5 voices?


  Hmm, it seems that voice synthesis is a pretty new field so all the good 
companies that make voice sinthesizers made their own research in order to be 
able to  create  their programs. So with other words, it is pretty hard to get 
into this field.

  Octavian

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Ken Perry 
    To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 9:29 AM
    Subject: RE: Is there a program that will help you create Sapi5 voices?




    Well don't believe that you can only have one voice active just because 
that is the only way it has been implemented in Narrirator and in the control 
panel.  I have had multiple active with no problems.  Espeak has its problems 
because well its a free speech program and while I think its great someone is 
working on one they obviously don't have all the skill behind the project.

    As to your question to Eloquence it uses its own proprietary interface like 
RealSpeak.  They both have a SAPI 5 interface but when ever you can use a 
speech engines proprietary interface you will have more control over the 
speech.  For example SAPI 5 really has no true control over the voices pitch.  
You can set it dynamically but if you want to set and leave it one way you 
can't really do that.  while Realspeak, Cepstral, Neospeak, Lequendo, AT&T, and 
Eloquence do have ways to set the pitch.

    I don't know of any books on just speech unless your talking more theory 
maybe they are out there I just haven't looked.  There are rappers out there to 
make using SAPI easier if you search but it really depends on what you want to 
do and what your willing to pay.  

    Ken 




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    From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Octavian Rasnita
    Sent: Monday, October 08, 2007 10:39 PM
    To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: Re: Is there a program that will help you create Sapi5 voices?


    Does anyone know what interface is used by Eloquence?

    It is not SAPI 4 nor 5, and it works better than a SAPI voice.

    The problem with the SAPI voices is that at a certain moment only a single 
SAPI5 voice can be active, and in order to change the voice we need to go into 
Control Panel/Speech, and changing the active voice there doesn't always work.
    For example, I've tried to use ESpeak sinthesizer, and I couldn't make it 
active but only by deleting all others voices from the Registry.
    And this was a problem also because Narrator doesn't work without those MS 
made voices.

    Does anyone know some books or tutorials for working with these things 
under Windows? But of course, not MSDN, because it refers only to ways of 
creating sinthesizers which are not used by any good company that creates 
sinthesizers. Information about creating sinthesizers that work under Symbian 
are also welcome.

    Octavian

      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: inthaneelf 
      To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Monday, October 08, 2007 11:41 PM
      Subject: Re: Is there a program that will help you create Sapi5 voices?


      as an extra idea, you may want to go back to 
      SAPI 4, and research both at MS, and on the web, (added note, if you 
don't get it on Google, try web crawler, more than once, if I couldn't find it 
on Google, I found it with a web crawler search)



      there seems to have been more available for 

      SAPI 4 and it's agents, which might give you clues on how to approach it 
in 

      SAPI 5.  



      just a thought for you folks, 

      inthane 

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        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: black ares 
        To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
        Sent: Monday, October 08, 2007 2:40 AM
        Subject: Re: Is there a program that will help you create Sapi5 voices?


        ehe!
        it is not so easy even you want to make a concatenated voice not a 
formant one...
        I am trying now to understand how to make a voice for the language from 
my country
        I search for documentation, but it seems that this is a taboo subject 
because I didn't find nothing how to code speach.

          ----- Original Message ----- 
          From: alex 
          To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
          Sent: Saturday, October 06, 2007 1:09 AM
          Subject: Is there a program that will help you create Sapi5 voices?


          Well I was wondering, 
          Is there a program that will help you create Sapi5 voices?

          Like something that you speak a number of letters into a microphone 
then it gets an understanding of your voice and creates a sapi5 engine out of 
it?

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