Update on speech/media sounds

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Fri Aug 27 17:33:50 UTC 2021

I don't know if the archlinux espeakup package has this variable in use. Would be very helpful if they implemented that.

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From: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com>
To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2021 19:58:34 +0300 (IDT)
Subject: Re: Update on speech/media sounds

> On Fri, 27 Aug 2021, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> > I wrote an email here earlier asking about setting a USB card for speech and having my media playback come through the onboard sound card. There does not really seem to be a reliable way of doing this without pulse.
> Apologies, I don't think I saw the original question.
> I've not needed to use Pulse.
> Assuming you are using speakup with espeak and espeakup, you can use the 
> ALSA_CARD environment variable to tell espeakup where to play audio.
> Debian takes this one step further by having it definable in 
> /etc/default/espeakup
> Here's what it says:
> # To choose audio output on another sound card, uncomment this and set as
> # appropriate (either a card number or a card name as seen in CARD= alsa
> # output).
> #
> # export ALSA_CARD=0
> I have used this successfully on a multi-card machine, though not with 
> USB.
> Note that I've also had issues using some USB cards which do not support 
> the sampling rate that espeak expects to use.
> HTH,
> Geoff.
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