How do I generate a child's voice using my Mac's speech synthesizer?

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  1. moonman239 macrumors 68000

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    This may be the creepiest thread title I've ever read on MR. :eek:


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  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    It can't without lots of work. By default all the voices are adult voices. You can change the pitches and tones of the voices with a tool included with Xcode. You'd have to do a bit a work to edit it enough for it to sound like a child.
     
  4. moonman239 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok, so it would probably be better for me to use a human instead of a computer.

    Anyways, I do want to point out that there's a Junior voice.
    You can also use AppleScript to change the speaking rate, pitch and modulation of any voice, using the following command (thanks goes to Alvin Alexander for helping me by posting source code for an AppleScript that makes Alex sound like HAL 9000. Here's the link to the post: Creating a HAL 9000 voice for Mac OS X):

    Code:
    say "x" using "y" speaking rate z pitch a modulation b
    
    Edit: What I want to know is what settings to use to produce a voice that is as close to being childlike as possible.
     
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    A human child or one who can sound like a child may be best. The Junior voice is an earlier voice of poorer quality that has a very obvious computer sound to its voice.
     
  6. moonman239 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the input. I think I will just use a human child.
     

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