speech systhesis voices with orca/espeak

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Tue Jan 23 12:44:32 UTC 2018


I just install Voxin and it sounds great with Orca. You may want to give 
it a try.
They also provide installer to make things easier.

Best Regards

Edhoari Setiyoso

email : edhoari.s at gmail.com
skype : edhoari.s

On 01/18/2018 12:53 PM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> You can try Festival or Flite, as they both have some fairly good 
> voices. But Festival needs to be started in server mode in order for 
> it to work with Orca, and I'm not entirely sure that speech-dispatcher 
> knows how to find the better quality Flite voices. The best way to 
> start Festival in server mode would be to write a systemd service that 
> starts, monitors and stops it. It should be placed in 
> /etc/systemd/system and should be executable. Run the following 
> commands to make the right file.
> sudo touch /etc/systemd/system/festival.service
> sudo chmod 664 /etc/systemd/system/festival.service
> sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/festival.service
> and then paste the following content into the file.
> [Unit]
> Description=Festival speech synthesis server
> [Service]
> ExecStart=/usr/bin/festival_server
> Type=simple
> Now run
> sudo systemctl daemon-reload
> sudo systemctl enable --now festival
> Now you need voices. Look at something like
> apt-cache search festival
> There should be a fairly sizeable number of voices. I believe the 
> Arctic HTS voices are probably the best. Install any voices you can find
> sudo apt-get install <voicename>
> where voicename is the name to the left of your search results. The 
> documentation I'm reading says you will need to reboot after 
> installing voices, but you should only need to restart the Festival 
> service
> sudo systemctl restart festival
> and then toggle Orca off and on by pressing alt+super+s twice.
> I found the documentation for this at
> https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/7/html/system_administrators_guide/enable_festival 
> but it's designed for Red Hat systems. I have adapted the instructions 
> so that they should work on the latest Debian Stretch or 
> Testing/Unstable systems. I don't have a Debian system to test the 
> modified instructions, so your mileage may vary.
> Flite will be easier to get working, but last time I looked at it, I 
> could only see the horrible default voice. Try
> sudo apt-get install flite
> You may need to uncomment its module in either 
> /etc/speech-dispatcher/speechd-conf or 
> ~/.config/speech-dispatcher/speechd.conf, or maybe just run
> spd-config
> from a terminal and follow the prompts, which should allow you to 
> select either Festival or Flite. Toggle Orca and then select the 
> synthesizer and voice you want from the voice tab in your Orca 
> preferences. If all goes well, you should be able to hear a different 
> voice from the default Espeak.
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