Speect packages don't work

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at csir.co.za
Thu Oct 29 06:49:40 EDT 2015

One can compile from source and then also the hts engine wich is mensioned 
in the readme.
I think if there are packages, they are likely outdated.
I cannot remember if there are sample voices on the site, if not, contact 
me when you have built it.
There are both python and C apis, so eventually writing something like 
espeakup, but for speect, should be relatively easy.
one can add -dwith_tests or something to the cmake command and will then 
get a binary synth_test that can generate a .wav file.  Putting that in a 
pipe using play from sox can
be used as a basic test binary and could be used with speech-dispatcher's 
generic module.
Note with speect as it is, you might have to do your own text 
Kind regards, Willem

On Thu, 29 Oct 2015, Tony Baechler wrote:

> On 10/22/2015 10:40 PM, Willem van der Walt wrote:
>> I grabbed the demo .wav and am not impressed.
>> Our own tts, speect, is better.
>> It is available at http://speect.sf.net
>> It is using hmm tts methods.
>> It is more natural sounding than gnu speech or espeak, and not IMHO suited
>> for screenreader use.
>> HMM is synthesized sound, modeled after human voices which is actual
>> recordings, IE. the computer is tought how speech should sound by giving it
>> examples of how a real person would read some given text.
> I looked at the download site with interest.  First, it would appear that 
> fully installed, it's bigger than Gnuspeech.  Gnuspeech without a dictionary 
> weighs in at under 1 MB and with the data files at 3.8 MB.  However, I 
> wasn't able to get the Ubuntu package to install on 14.04.3, even after 
> adding the PPA repository.  Apparently packages are only available for 12.04 
> Precise.  That's too bad as I am always willing to give other synthesizers a 
> chance.  I'm always looking for high quality speech for reading text files, 
> ebooks, etc.  If the packages get updated, please post here.
> Also, to keep this on topic for the Speakup list, what about writing either 
> a module for Speech Dispatcher or a Speakup connector?  If it's as good as 
> you claim it is, Orca users would probably also be interested, but there 
> would need to be a module for Speech Dispatcher.
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