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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. Rudimentary (and probably humourous) attempts at German and Esperanto 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 (1.43.03-0ubuntu1) lucid; urgency=low * New upstream bugfix release - Fix crash when embedded control codes are followed by numbers of 5 or more digits. - Fix lang=hu, First character of an abbreviation is missed after an ordinal number (eg."2. cd") - Fix XML tag not recognized after "..." when announce punctuation is enabled. - Fix lang=zh-yue, 'p' 't' more»
espeak 1.43.03 (bug fixes) Fix crash when embedded control codes are followed by numbers of 5 or m more»
This package was debianized by Luke Yelavich <email@example.com> on Fri, 23 Jun 2006 08:49:03 +0200 more»