Amazing Text-to-Speech

Here. Finally somebody has done a good job with text-to-speech (everyone seems to be concentrating on the other direction these days). I *so* want to hook this up to Project Gutenberg [1] and my mp3 player. [1]

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Mike Sax:

It's really funny when you enter this:

   "Oh baby, baby, yes! yes! oh! yes! One more time. Please, please, oh! oh?! ah? ah? ah? yes? oh! yes! yes! oh! aagh!? That was really great! You are so good! Thank you! "


Saturday, Aug 9, 2003, 11:11 AM


That is *incredible*.

It obviously still has some quirks, but who cares?

Wow. Wow, wow, wow.

Saturday, Aug 9, 2003, 11:53 AM

Chris Sells:

Mike, that *is* hilarious. I never knew you had it in you to try that. I figured if anyone did that, it would be me. : )

Saturday, Aug 9, 2003, 11:17 PM

Jelle Druyts:

I remember playing with this sort of thing years ago on the Commodore 64 actually. Dirty words included ;-) As far as I can remember it even sounded pretty good - probably not as good as this one but still, we're talking about the eighties here :-)

By the way, how about a web service that allows a text post and returns an mp3 or a stream url?

Sunday, Aug 10, 2003, 2:39 AM

Michael Weinhardt:

Yeah, my Amiga 1000 did this in the 80s too, from the command line. It didn't have a choice of nationality (the Australian voice is great BTW) and it was a little too early for the Internet, but there you go.

Sunday, Aug 10, 2003, 4:11 AM


I was a little disappointed in the voice quality myself. Sounds to computer like to me.

Monday, Aug 11, 2003, 6:24 AM

Himanshu (Harry) Nath:

Check out Speechify by Speechworks. They are supposed to be a leader in the field of text-to-speach.

Monday, Aug 11, 2003, 2:46 PM

Ivan V.:

Did you know AT&T Natural Voices? They've been around for a while now, and they are awesome. I think they no longer sell it directly, but there are some products that use the engine, like TextAloud.

Monday, Aug 11, 2003, 3:20 PM

Brook Riddick:

I changed to the male voice and ran some of my favorite lines of text from different books. This is cool because it works over the net and does not require any special software. However, the quality is nothing fantastic as text to speech goes. I'll stick with JAWS for a while longer.
Still nice to see someone else working on Text to Speech.


Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003, 9:07 AM

Mitch H. (AKA The Comet):

I need the URL to those...I make some of those Clock crew movies that use the text to speech stuff in them(just check the site if you're confused)
I really want to find out the .url to dl them...anyone know that's downloaded tem before? anybody already have them and feel like emailing them to me?
I have a site that'll do nice things to you if you give me it! :)

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