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Oliver Cookson
2004-03-03, 02:21
>>that would be an ultra-simple way of getting TTS through to the slim
wouldn't it?

After a quick browse I found a program called program 'Talk Aloud'
http://nextuptech.com/ which reads either text on the clipboard or from
a file. It then outputs the text to MP3\WAV file which slimserver could
then play as it starts to play the new track.

Some more "natural sounding" voices can be found here:

http://nextuptech.com/TextAloud/SpeechEngine/voices.html#naturalvoices

Unfortunatly this is a commercial peiece of software but I'm sure there
are some non-commercial TTS's available.

>>There also seems to be a CPAN module to deal with "Festival", which is
apparently some sort of >>text to speech server:

Wow - would this make it a cross-platform option then? Correct me if I'm
wrong but if there a perl module already built wouldn't it be quite
straightforward to intergrate?

Does anyone feel this would be a worthy plugin development considering
the development time isn't as large as first anticipated? I know many
people who would greatly appreciate this from a fun (wow factor) &
serious (blind) perspective.

Thanks

kdf
2004-03-03, 10:26
Quoting Oliver Cookson <OCookson (AT) 3t (DOT) co.uk>:

> >>that would be an ultra-simple way of getting TTS through to the slim
> wouldn't it?
>
> After a quick browse I found a program called program 'Talk Aloud'
> http://nextuptech.com/ which reads either text on the clipboard or from
> a file. It then outputs the text to MP3\WAV file which slimserver could
> then play as it starts to play the new track.
>
> Some more "natural sounding" voices can be found here:
>
> http://nextuptech.com/TextAloud/SpeechEngine/voices.html#naturalvoices
>
> Unfortunatly this is a commercial peiece of software but I'm sure there
> are some non-commercial TTS's available.
>
> >>There also seems to be a CPAN module to deal with "Festival", which is
> apparently some sort of >>text to speech server:
>
> Wow - would this make it a cross-platform option then? Correct me if I'm
> wrong but if there a perl module already built wouldn't it be quite
> straightforward to intergrate?
>
> Does anyone feel this would be a worthy plugin development considering
> the development time isn't as large as first anticipated? I know many
> people who would greatly appreciate this from a fun (wow factor) &
> serious (blind) perspective.
>
It looks as though Festival can be compiled in Windows, Linux and BSD. I dont
know if compiling for BSD would include OSX. Maybe if its command line only.
Then from there, yes a CPAN module give us access to built-in perl hooks. What
this needs from here, is someone with the time on their hands to sit down and do
it. At least to make sure its possible.

-kdf