Converting text to mp3
Linux for blind general discussion
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Thu Jan 27 00:58:41 UTC 2022
Decktalk hardware is analog. software Speech is not.
For me personally the frequency ranges used for software speech output,
along with many devices like some cell phones can do me physical harm.
recently I was helping someone try to find a dectalk USB, and one of my
associates builds a sort of USB box that uses the most current dectalk
software speech in modules form.
what they told me was that the dettalk 5, which is this software edition
sounds nothing like hardware dectalk, and is quite difficult to
I asked on list once why dectalk hardware like my reading edge does not
work in the graphical Linux environment, and was told because no one has
If no one bothers to write graphical options for hardware speech, not
because it cannot be done, but because they choose the free stuff instead,
that says allot about Linux creativity speaking personally.
On Wed, 26 Jan 2022, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> DECTalk hardware is by definition text-to speech technology, as it takes
> marked up text, but can also take text without any markup, and it converts it
> to audible speech. It in fact does exactly what a software speech synthesizer
> does, but it does it over a cable instead of via a virtual cable, pipe or
> library of functions. In fact, DECTalk once was a software speech synthesizer
> that sounded almost exactly like the hardware, as it was most likely the same
> software internal code of the hardware adapted to be able to use the hardware
> found in a PC. In fact, if you can still find this old DECTalk software, as I
> recall, it was able to take your text and create .wav files in much the same
> way that newer software speech synthesizers can do now. I know that people
> were making it sing, not by recording their hardware, but by making and
> mixing .wav files produced by the software. And any .wav file can be
> converted to mp3 using lame, which is one possible answer to the thread
> starter's question.
> ~ Kyle
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