How do I speed up eSpeak?

Alonzo Cuellar mariachiac at
Fri Oct 21 21:16:22 UTC 2016

Hi Amanda
Depending if your using espeak-ng or espeak you should edit the files 
Look for this line in either of the files
# Maximum rate (100 in speech-dispatcher)
Below that line you will find
EspeakMaxRate 500
As you can see mine is set to 500. Therefore that is how fast espeak 
will go when Orca is set to 100%. You can change it to what ever you'd 
like. I think the default is 390.

Have a grate day,

On 10/21/2016 01:27 PM, Amanda Lacy wrote:
> Hi,
> I really need to make the switch from Windows to Linux but eSpeak
> under Orca is way too slow. I'm used to NVDA's rate boost option with
> speed set between 40 and 50. At 100%, eSpeak with Orca is maybe half
> that speed - too slow to be productive. I'm aware of Voxin but it
> costs, and I prefer eSpeak. Can someone please tell me how to fix it?
> Thanks,
> Amanda
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