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jschall
2007-04-16, 06:43
I searched this topic on the Forums and the Wiki.

There has been some interest in the past in having SqueezeBox optionally announce tracks.

My dear departed CD3O was able to do that (badly) back in 2003. It couldn't handle "Bruce Cockburn", for example :-)

Is there no current interest in this feature? Is it too hard to do, using open-source text-to-speech code? What are the roadblocks?

I'm no programmer, but I would be hear what is showing on the "Now Playing" screen while I am listening from another room!

- Jeff

GoCubs
2007-04-16, 07:14
I searched this topic on the Forums and the Wiki.

There has been some interest in the past in having SqueezeBox optionally announce tracks.

My dear departed CD3O was able to do that (badly) back in 2003. It couldn't handle "Bruce Cockburn", for example :-)

Is there no current interest in this feature? Is it too hard to do, using open-source text-to-speech code? What are the roadblocks?

I'm no programmer, but I would be hear what is showing on the "Now Playing" screen while I am listening from another room!

- Jeff

Someone could probably hack up http://www.research.ibm.com/tts/coredemo.shtml
but it would be dependent on that site, which is often "busy". Ideally it'd be better to have something do the conversion locally, however, unless you went with a commerical product it probably wont be that good. I remember way back when Soundblaster cards came with "Dr. Sabatso" or something like that which do text to speech, but it was VERY unnatural sounding...

-Greg

shadowboxer
2007-04-16, 07:58
Jeff:

Did you enjoy your squeezebox over the weekend? I saw you got it running. This forum is a great resource, I must say.

cheers!

Spies
2007-04-16, 09:33
I remember an extension to CDJ that added this feature.

CDJ was a Windows based software front end to a device called Slink-e that interfaced with Sony CD changers among other things.

Found it. It was called CDJ Announcer:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/nirvislist/message/822

Maybe it could be hacked to work with SlimServer.

peter
2007-04-16, 10:07
GoCubs wrote:
> jschall;195353 Wrote:
>
>> I searched this topic on the Forums and the Wiki.
>>
>> There has been some interest in the past in having SqueezeBox
>> optionally announce tracks.
>>
>> My dear departed CD3O was able to do that (badly) back in 2003. It
>> couldn't handle "Bruce Cockburn", for example :-)
>>
>> Is there no current interest in this feature? Is it too hard to do,
>> using open-source text-to-speech code? What are the roadblocks?
>>
>> I'm no programmer, but I would be hear what is showing on the "Now
>> Playing" screen while I am listening from another room!
>>
>> - Jeff
>>
>
> Someone could probably hack up
> http://www.research.ibm.com/tts/coredemo.shtml
> but it would be dependent on that site, which is often "busy". Ideally
> it'd be better to have something do the conversion locally, however,
> unless you went with a commerical product it probably wont be that
> good. I remember way back when Soundblaster cards came with "Dr.
> Sabatso" or something like that which do text to speech, but it was
> VERY unnatural sounding...
>

You don't have to sell your soul to IBM. Festival is not that bad, free
and independent or third party websites.

http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/festival/

Regards,
Peter

adamslim
2007-04-16, 11:06
Idea: Musicbrainz could add phonetic tags to all its artists, so the software could just look up how to say each artist (and, possibly, album and track name).