Re: voices for version 7 text-to-speech
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- Subject: [mg96785] Re: [mg95947] voices for version 7 text-to-speech
- From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
- Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 04:01:11 -0500 (EST)
- Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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- Reply-to: murray at math.umass.edu
I persisted in trying to get clarification from NaturalSoft. The
confusion seemed to be that a "voice" in itself cannot work with a
3rd-party program. But they actually supply is a "voice + voice
engine", and that does work with any program that addresses the Windows
So I did buy the NaturalSoft NaturalReader Pro package, which includes
two of their voices/engines and two of the NeoSpeech voices/engines,
along with a text-to-speech application and text-to-MP3 converter. The
voices/engines work just fine with Mathematica's Speak -- MUCH less
choppy and more natural sounding than the rather awful voices that
Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> Mathematica 7 has the function Speak, and related functions, that read
> the argument aloud, using the OS's text-to-speech (TTS) capability.
> I'm using this with Windows XP. What happens, evidently, is that
> Mathematica calls the Windows SAPI (SAPI4? SAPI5?) interface. And that
> interface in turn calls the built-in Windows TTS engine/voice.
> The Microsoft-supplied voice is very unnatural. I want to replace it.
> But I'm confused as to whether the 3rd-party TTS products such as
> NaturalReader and Neospeech VoiceText will in fact accomplish what I want.
> I think my confusion stems from the fact that a TTS voice also involves
> a specific voice "engine".
> I have been trying to get a straight answer from NaturalReader tech
> support as to whether, if I installed their product, it would work with
> Mathematica's Speak or not. But their English is not too good. The
> first time I asked, they responded, "Natural voices always work in
> NaturalReader. NaturalReader can read any text correctly including
> mathematical expressions." When I asked for clarification, they
> responded, "Natural voice only works with NaturalReader."
> I can't figure out whether this simply means that the engine behind the
> NaturalReader TTS application is required to use the voices they supply
> -- which would be what I want, I presume -- or whether, instead, that
> the only way to use the voice is to go directly through text in the
> NaturalReader application.
> Any information would be appreciated.
Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H)
University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W)
710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801
Amherst, MA 01003-9305
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