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Text to speech (TTS) : tested - results

in Needing to be known (did you know that...?) - Choses à savoir (le saviez-vous ?) Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:49 pm
by Lizzy67 • 2.823 Posts

On request, I explored the basics for all that is TTS related. And God, I learned something brand new !

Text to speech is what allows you to mainly listen to a vocal "text" (audio), either for some Website pages, like the audio version of a Captcha, or Ebooks, vocal illustration of a video, etc.

Some voices might sound "robotic", others are more "human".

I tested two programs, allowing to use IVONA Voice 2 voices (a whole pack of 24 languages) :

- Espeak


- Balabolka

Espeack doesn't render high quality of the IVONA voices pack, and by the way it's almost impossible to paste a text from TXT documents, etc. in Cyrillic Russian. Espeak hasn't got a wide range of options either.

Balabolka, which is totally FREE, permits direct Cyrillic Russian copy-paste into its text board feature, and all IVONA voices from the 24 languages pack sound really much better too.

I compared the exact same vocal text I converted as mp3 or WAV, in Danish : once played from Espeak output (crappy), and then converted directly from Balabolka.

By the way, I use translate google for most foreign languages and may then copy-paste into Balabolka for the voices I've chosen to install.

Great tutorial video here from Brian (a former IVONA English British voice), and if you want to test and have fun :

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RE: Text to speech (TTS) : tested - results

in Needing to be known (did you know that...?) - Choses à savoir (le saviez-vous ?) Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:51 am
by Lizzy67 • 2.823 Posts

Very important :

Ivona voices are usually for trial. In order to have them work again without licence, uninstall them with Total Uninstall. After uninstall process is finished, reinstall the voices you want.

Ivona_sapi5_voice_v1.6.60 crack needs to be copied in BOTH folders x64 and x86 (let the file replace the previous ones). NOT in the voices (Ivona > Ivona 2 Voice > Voices) folder.

Always keep the Ivona Voices + crack folder safely on an external disk, in case of need for future reinstallation.

Ivona Voices work superbly with Balabolka (free).

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