speech systhesis voices with orca/espeak

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Tue Jan 23 17:32:47 UTC 2018

what distro?

On 1/23/2018 5:44 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Hi,
> 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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