A Periodic Check on Software Speech Possibilities

Kenny Hitt kenny at hittsjunk.net
Sat Oct 16 19:52:01 UTC 2004

Hi.  I can use festival, flite, or software DECtalk through
speech-dispatcher as my synth with speakup.  Yasr has been able to use
flite through eflite for over a year.  You can also use DECtalk software
with yasr.
DECtalk software speech costs $50 U.S.

Hope this helps.
On Sat, Oct 16, 2004 at 02:31:09PM -0500, Martin McCormick wrote:
> 	Is there any software speech generation engine yet that can be
> used in a Linux console?
> 	I experimented with festival a bit and found it to be
> promising but I haven't done much more than cat text files in to it
> and listen to the output.
> 	My usual method of access which works extremely well, but
> which is not very elegant by today's standards is to use an old P.C.
> with a DOS screen reader I wrote in 8086 assembler.  The P.C. runs
> Kermit and connects via RS-232 cable to a serial port on the Linux
> box.  The Linux box does the heavy lifting while the old P.C. is
> nothing more than a talking terminal.
> 	It may be good to keep such a system around if you tinker with
> stuff like I do, but one day, we should be able to have a
> self-contained system that doesn't need expensive add-on hardware and
> makes use of the existing sound card to talk to us.
> 	That would be especially nice for laptops where space is at a
> premium and multiple serial ports are hard to come by.
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