Text to Speech software

  Elwell 17:18 28 Feb 05

Can anyone recommend a high quality text to speech programme preferably using natural voices eg AT&T?
It would be useful if at least some voices were British.

Many thanks

  harps1h 14:17 01 Mar 05

what's its purpose? also what is your specs?

  Elwell 14:47 01 Mar 05

It would mainly be used for reading essays.

AMD Athlon XP 3200+
2.19 Ghz
Gigabyte nvidia-nforce2 mainboard
Samtron 73v/72v 17 inch monitor
Nvidia GeForce FX5700 adaptor
Realtek AC'97 Audio
XP Home Edition

Sound is basic as I haven't been concerned about it until now but it is ok.


  harps1h 22:42 01 Mar 05

it looks ok and there are a number of speech synthesis programs out there. dragon is good but there are a number that institutes like the RNIB etc recommend for special needs. a good software package is intellitalk but this aimed at the education sector. it depends upon your personal needs and if a package for visually impaired will fulfil your criteria. certainly it is only this market will specialise, but remember these programs only read what is physically on the screen.

  wiz-king 07:42 02 Mar 05

If you put 'text to speech' in to the search box it pulls out a list of documents and there is one on software to make a pc read, click here this may give you a start.
AT&T's voices are good (if you like American). Most of the speech to text eg IBM's ViaVoce or Dragons Naturally Speaking, will read back as well.

  2neat 10:37 02 Mar 05

Microsoft Sam LOL

  Elwell 11:01 02 Mar 05

I checked up on Dragon and Scansoft do a program called Realspeak Solo. The voices sound, to me, better tha AT&T's so I will have a look at that.

Many thanks to everyone for advice.

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