Speakup Soft Speech--What's the status?

Janina Sajka janina at rednote.net
Mon Jun 7 07:28:46 EDT 2004

Chuck, you're reading me loud and clear! <grin> That's exactly what I mean. I see that Speech-Dispatcher claims to support switching among soft synths on the fly, even based on circumstance. For example, it supports responding to different languages by using a different soft synth. So, I expect that we should have a concept of how we facilitate switching from Flite, to DEC Talk software speech, and then to Cepstral, and then back again to Flite. And, it needs to be as easy as using Speaks With--which I thank you for, by the way.

In-Reply-To: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0406070619110.1794 at beaver.box>

Chuck Hallenbeck writes:
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> Steve,
> I think Janina was asking about switching among several kinds of
> software synths, such as flite to dectalk, dectalk to cepstral,
> etc. Unless I misread her. Which I have been known to do,
> actually.
> Chuck
> On Sun, 6 Jun 2004, Steve Holmes wrote:
> > Yes, you can actually switch synthesizers on the fly including
> > software; the name of the soft synth is sftsyn.  I built a script I
> > use which can switch synths on the fly.  It needs a bit more
> > refinement but works for me in its present state.  It works great on
> > my Hitachi laptop but gives me a problem on my desktop at home.  For
> > some reason, I get an error with Speechd-up and I have to manually
> > killall speechd_up and then run it again from the colsole and then it
> > talks.  I run this script from /etc/rc.d in Slackware with the
> > following command syntax:
> > /etc/rc.d/rc.speakup start sftsyn
> > The second parameter can be any of the supported synths for speakup as
> > long as your kernel supports it and you have that model, of course:).
> > I will attach it inline below.
> <snip>
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