Voxin was: Re: Switching to Linux

Brandon McGinty-Carroll bmmcginty at bmcginty.hopto.org
Sun May 12 12:12:13 EDT 2013

Ah well, figured it was worth asking about.
Just some thoughts:
A lot of these voices, e.g. pico and flite, sound quite good, aside from their pitch shifting.
IBM's synth has a much "rougher" sound to me, but the roughness is tempered with the constant but small pitch shifts.
I would find it educational to get a list of attributes that make IBMTTS better than some of the alternatives.
Maybe see if we could change one of the alternatives to have these attributes.
Just my 2C after a sleepless night; take it with a grain of salt.

Brandon McGinty-Carroll

On Sun, May 12, 2013 at 01:19:53AM -0700, Tony Baechler wrote:
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> Thank you for mentioning this!  That was the point I was trying to make,
> but I wasn't sure how to put it.  No, I don't see it becoming open source
> any time soon.  It would be better to either rewrite something already out
> there or write something from scratch, such as what was done with ESpeak.
>  Say what you want about the quality of the voice, but ESpeak still
> remains the only truly open source solution in active development which
> doesn't crash and is very responsive.  The Festival voices seem to be
> abandoned if I understand correctly.  Mbrola isn't bad, but it is non-free
> and is also not further developed.
> With that said, I know very little about Voxin or whatever you want to
> call it except that Oralux probably shouldn't legally be packaging it,
> which is another reason why I wouldn't buy it.  I do know that there is
> such a thing as Eloquence for Linux which sounds the same as ViaVoice but
> it isn't.  I have used it and the old APH Braille+ ships it.  When this
> was pointed out to me, I didn't believe it, but I tracked down the library
> on the system.  I'm pretty sure it uses an ARM processor, so that won't
> help much.  Also, as I mentioned in a previous post, GW Micro ships a
> "new" version with Window-Eyes now.  I don't know what version it is or
> what the differences are, but it's supposed to not crash as often and
> maybe (I don't know) it supports 64-bit Windows since there is a 64-bit
> Window-Eyes.  Therefore, just from my own evidence, I would agree that
> it's still making money under whatever name you want to call it.  By all
> means I hope they're willing to release the source, but don't hold your
> breath.
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