More on Adding speakup to wheezy, Conditionally good news

Jeffery Mewtamer mewtamer at
Mon Dec 12 20:28:43 UTC 2016

Stuttering speech is a known issue on the Raspberry Pi with stock ALSA
and espeakup. You can Google the Raspberry VI website and mailing list
for more information, but the owner of Raspberry VI has produced a
fork of espeakup called piespeakup that bypasses the issues with the
ALSA drivers by rendering speech using the Pi's GPU. Running Orca with
a desktop still requires a dedicated sound adaptor, but piespeakup can
give you working console speech from boot without stutter.

If you want to give it a try, ssh into a newly imaged Pi and do the following:

git clone
cd ttsprojects/raspberrypi/libilctts
sudo make
sudo make install
cd ../piespeakup
sudo ./

Using a jessie-lite image, the only dependencies you need to install
first is git, and you only need that to clone the remote repository.


Jeffery Wright
President Emeritus, Nu Nu Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa.
Former Secretary, Student Government Association, College of the Albemarle.

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