SV: dectalk

Kenny Hitt kenny at
Mon Sep 13 10:03:10 UTC 2004

Hi.  It should work.  I've used yasr and DECtalk on slower systems.  


On Mon, Sep 13, 2004 at 11:52:48AM +0200, Gustafsson Kristoffer (elev) wrote:
> Hello!
> Thanks for the help!
> I plan to use dectalk  on a computer with 600 mhz speed.
> The screen reading tools I plan to use is both emacs and yasr. Do you think this works?
> kristoffer
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> Hi.  Fonix sells an external DECtalk.  It has serial and USB connectors.
> I don't know if it can be used in DOS.  As long as the DOS screen reader
> talks to the serial port, it should work.  I just bought a used DECtalk
> express of ebay for $200.00.  I only got the synth with no manuals or
> software.  I'm using it now with speakup with no problems.
> The system requirements for DECtalk will depend on whether you use
> speech-dispatcher.  If you use speech-dispatcher, you will have the
> overhead from it to consider.  Yasr is the only console screen reader I
> know about that can use the DECtalk software without talking to
> speech-dispatcher.  Emacspeak can also work without speech-dispatcher,
> but you will be limited to programs accessable from emacs.
> Window-eyes ships with software DECtalk, and I think you can buy a stand
> alone version from Gwmicro.
> Hope this helps.
>           Kenny
> On Mon, Sep 13, 2004 at 10:43:08AM +0200, Gustafsson Kristoffer (elev) wrote:
> > Hello!
> > I need some answers on a dectalk question.
> > I plan to install linux on a computer and use the dectalk runtime as my speech synthesizer. 
> > My question is What system requirements is tere for good speech?
> > I know that when using other speech synthesizers like mbrola and festival the speech gets very bad if i have a slow computer.
> > I have visited fonix, but there is no system requirements page.
> > Also, I need to get help with finding two other dectalk products so I can buy them.
> > The first is an external dectalk for use in ms-dos, and the other is the software dectalk for windows.
> > Can you help me with findiing these products?
> > thanks in advance
> > 
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