RE: Synthesized Voices: Comments

  • From: "Sina Bahram" <sbahram@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:05:59 -0500

Talk to Bill Cox
Take care,
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Homme, James
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2011 8:24 AM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Synthesized Voices: Comments
I'd love to be able to understand how ESpeak works well enough to make voices 
for it that sound better, have better rhythm, and are
more intelligible at faster speeds. I don't understand that Phoneme stuff.
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jacques Bosch
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2011 8:06 AM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Synthesized Voices: Comments
That is exactly what I have found. Natural sounding voices start becoming much 
more unintelligible than synthetic / robotic sounding
voices at high speed.!
On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM, Jared Wright <wright.jaredm@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
The problem I've found with most ultra-realistic voices is they sound terrible 
at high speeds. Which makes sense, no human talks at
the rate I have my screen reader at and would sound ridiculous if they did. But 
I value being able to get through information
quickly, so I'll take Eloquence.

On 3/10/2011 7:33 AM, Homme, James wrote:


This is something that is probably very hard to get right. Two of the
things that make me stick with Eloquence are that it emphasizes words
usually at the correct places, and it pauses in the right spots for
punctuation. Even though I like the human voices because they sound like
people, I find it difficult to listen to them for more than a few
minutes because I have to keep translating emphasis in my head.


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