Rather stupid, but, Can I make the voice of my Mac sound British?

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  1. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    I know, this is a really dumb thing to ask. I like British accents, and I think my computer would sound cool with one. How do I do this?
    Thanks!
     
  2. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    I'm sure theres gotta be a voice file somewhere for this. :p

    It'd be funny as hell too.
     
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Well, you could always buy a voice from Cepstral. They're $30 or less, and the "Lawrence" and "Millie" voices are reasonably good.
     
  4. Project macrumors 68020

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    I was just listening to "frank" from that link and I nearly spat my drink out when I thought he said "im known to give good erections...."

    Lawrence is a very good voice.
     
  5. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    Hahaha, what did he say??
     
  6. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    I agree. I could almost stand to listen to that voice read ebooks to me. The voices included on the Mac are too synthetic sounding to not be annoying.
     
  7. steelfist macrumors 6502a

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    it's been over 20 years since text-speach capabilities was implemented into macs . it seemed the quality of that feature hasen't improved a bit. that's one of the things that i wanted improved on mac osx.
     
  8. starnox macrumors 6502

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    LOL
     
  9. Bern macrumors 68000

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    I love Millie UK English, especially when you set her pitch to low.

    Has anyone actually bought one of these?
     
  10. icysummer macrumors newbie

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    That made my day

    I love how he refers to being 'most experienced'
     
  11. Marvy macrumors regular

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    Ha! That is just awesome. My new toy. I could listen to Lawrence say "Whatever in God's name do you think you're doing?!" all day ("Bloody hell" is quote nice as well). :D
    Since I have a friend who really needs German voices, I'd also like to know. Has anyone ever bought one of these?
     
  12. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Well.. that certainly is frank!
     
  13. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    I remember going to great trouble getting the Mexican Spanish version of MacinTalk on OS9 some years ago. To my surprise, the Spanish accents sounded quite good speaking English phrases - especially "Catalina". Purrrrrr.. :p
     
  14. Project macrumors 68020

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    "Im known to give great DIRECTIONS..." but because the end of good and the start of directions both are 'T' and 'D', they sound similar and kinda merged to create the funny comment.

    Im seriously considering buying Lawrence though. I mean, use the sample thing and paste in an email and see how good it sounds. I could use this with Automator to read me my email to me in the morning when im getting ready for Uni to save time. I could even just use my mobile phone to wake the computer and run automator automatically I presume, and get the email read to me in bed :tu

    Really though, my most obvious use of a great synthetic voice would be to read long articles to me when studying. I find it much easier to absorb information when people are speaking to me, over reading it.
     
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  16. annk Administrator

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    Neither could I. :( :confused:
     
  17. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Just use the voices that come bundled with your Mac – they sound a bit like Stephen Hawking, and he's British.
     
  18. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    are there any free places to download any add on voices?
     
  19. dr_lha macrumors 68000

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    I assume you mean an English accent? Remember Britain also includes Scotland and Wales. I assume you don't want your computer to sound Scottish?
     
  20. amanset macrumors member

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    I'm prety sure he wants either a Geordie or a Brummie accent.
     

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