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eSpeak produces good quality English speech. It uses a different synthesis method from other open source TTS engines, and sounds quite different. It's perhaps not as natural or "smooth", but some people may find the articulation clearer and easier to listen to for long periods. eSpeak supports several languages, however in most cases these are initial drafts and need more work to improve them.
It can run as a command line program to speak text from a file or from stdin.
The eSpeak homepage is: http://espeak.sourceforge.net Compiling ========= The src directory contains a makefile that produces: 1. "libspeak.so.1.xx". (where xx is a version number) This is a shared library which contains the text to speech engine. Its API is described in the file "speak_bin.h". 2. "espeak" binary. This is a small command-line program which is a front end t more»
ESPEAK(1) ESPEAK(1) NAME espeak - A multi-lingual software speech synthesizer. SYNOPSIS espeak [options] [<words>] DESCRIPTION espeak is a software speech synthesizer for English, and some other languages. OPTIONS -h Show summary of options. -f <text file> Text file to speak more»
eSpeak 1.40 Added languages: lv Latvian, ca Catalan, sq Albanian, hy Armenian. Adjusted the tonal quality of the speech to reduce the harshness slightly. Language improvements include: English/US, Esperanto. Windows SAPI5 installer: Remove the limit on the number of eSpeak voices which can be installed. -m command option: Ignore text within <script> and <style> tag pairs. -v command option: more»
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