Some issues with the ibmtts output module of speech-dispatcher

Justin Ekis jekis at
Mon Jun 5 18:52:45 EDT 2006

Hi Garrett,

Where did you find the ibmtts runtime for download? I know it's included 
in the ttsynth software, but there doesn't seem to be a way to purchase 
it on their web site as of yet.
I'm really looking forward to trying this out. That demo file sounds 
just like eloquence. To me nothing has ever sounded quite as good as 
that synth.

You mentioned wanting more noticeable inflection. Have you tried any of 
the other software speech options, and would you say the inflection is 
better than some of them? Is it not as good as eloquence? That's the top 
thing that sets eloquence above all software speech I've tried on linux 
and I'd be disappointed if that wasn't the case here.

On Mon, Jun 05, 2006 at 02:47:16PM -0400, Garrett Klein wrote:
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> Hello all,

> 	Here are some things I've noted while using the ibmtts output module in the latest cvs speech-dispatcher. Some of these may not be correctable, as I'm used to Eloquence on the other operating system.

> 1. Too slow--I want to be able to crank this baby up to at least 600 wpm.
> 2. Volume level--The voice is incredibly soft compared to other sounds on the system, so that when I play music with the synth at a decent volume, I get blasted.
> 3. Most annoyingly, the module crashes. There are various things it chokes on, chiefly the grave accent symbol. I've also seen it choke on wikipedia search pages. I even wrote a little shell script to restart speech-dispatcher (which, annoyingly enough, I can't just kill with 'killall -9 speech-dispatch,' nor can I 'pidof speech-dispatch' to even find out its pid).
> 4. Can there be more of a noticable inflection on exclamation points?

> Hope this stuff helps the developer of the module.

> Garrett
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