Speech voices

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jamescwarren, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. jamescwarren macrumors 6502

    jamescwarren

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    Does anybody know any free speech voices that you can actually understand unlike the ones that Apple provide? I have tried Cepstral voices but you have to licence them which I don't want to pay for. Any voices for Mac that are free and as good as the Cepstral ones. There must be some?:rolleyes:
     
  2. jamescwarren thread starter macrumors 6502

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  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    For crying out loud — absolutely pathetic! It's only been 20minutes or so since you posted! :mad:

    And it's New Years Day when most people are sleeping in or out doing other things!

    Stop bumping your own threads and have a little patience.
     
  4. fixerman macrumors member

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    Isn't it about time somebody answered the guy?:eek:
     
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    The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and free high-quality speech synth voices for OSX don't exist.
     
  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    The answer NOW is Alex, included with Leopard and Snow Leopard--it's at least as good as anything Cepstral offered the last time I checked. At the time of the original question back in 2006, though, there wasn't any.

    The older stock voices--Bruce and Vicky--are reasonably understandable, though. I say this from a lot of experience, as a throat disorder rendered me unable to speak and relying entirely on a homebrew "talk for me" app I wrote to make noise for me during most of 2006. Bruce got the job done, though Cepstral was nicer had I been willing to fork out for them. I sure would've liked the option of Alex, though.
     

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