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eSpeak produces good quality English speech. It uses a different synthesis method from other open source text to speech (TTS) engines, and sounds quite different. It's perhaps not as natural or "smooth", but some find the articulation clearer and easier to listen to for long periods.
It can run as a command line program to speak text from a file or from stdin.
* Includes different Voices, whose characteristics can be altered. * Can produce speech output as a WAV file. * Can translate text to phoneme codes, so it could be adapted as a front end for another speech synthesis engine. * Potential for other languages. More than 40 languages are included. * Compact size. The program and its data total about 350 kbytes. * Written in C++.
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 (1.46.02-2) unstable; urgency=low * debian/rules: Move espeak-data to /usr/lib/$multiarch/espeak-data to permit... * debian/control: ... make espeak-data multiarch: same. * control: - Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.3 (no changes). - Do not make espeak-data recommend espeak (Closes: Bug#674851). -- Samuel Thibault <email@example.com> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 22:52:29 +0200 e more»
espeak 1.46.01 22.Nov.2011 Added runtime detection of pulseaudio, with fallback to portaudio if pu more»
This package was debianized by Luke Yelavich <firstname.lastname@example.org> on Fri, 23 Jun 2006 08:49:03 +0200 more»