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#1 dren0chill

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 08:19 AM

does anyone know any good software for mac that makes the computer speak so it could be used as synch for animated characters? i know there is a tool on OSX but i would need something that works in a phonemic way because i need to have the talking in diff languages (italian, german..) - as far as i know OSX only speaks correct in english.

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 02:30 PM

I found this at www.versiontracker.com

http://www.versiontr...fo/macosx/20518
http://www.versiontr...fo/macosx/15037

For PC there are more options. You can buy AT&T voices in german, french, american english, british english, etc.

http://www.nextup.com/attnv.html

There are voice changers for PC. So you can try using your own voice and chage it to fit your needs or change the recordings you made with other Text-To-Speech engines.

http://www.audio4fun.com/


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Posted 07 December 2004 - 02:47 PM

Thanks for the links, saga. That 'Voice Changer' at http://www.audio4fun.com/ looks appealing to me. I have a little freeware version of a 'text to audio' app but it sounds very robotic and even if one used a better app with better voices it seems like it would be hard to put any nuance and inflection into what you generated with it. i.e. emphasis on words, pitch, etc. On the other hand if you can do all that with your own voice and use the comp to make it sound like a different voice, well, that appeals to me as an easier solution. I don't know how good the implementation is, but for 99 bucks it might be worth a shot. Gonna try the free demo for now... I wish you guys would stop makin' me spend money on new apps ;)

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 03:38 PM

hi smartsaga i gave a look at the links you posted and it looks like it fits that what im looking for thanks a lot

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 10:00 PM

Thanks for the links, saga. That 'Voice Changer' at http://www.audio4fun.com/ looks appealing to me. I have a little freeware version of a 'text to audio' app but it sounds very robotic and even if one used a better app with better voices it seems like it would be hard to put any nuance and inflection into what you generated with it. i.e. emphasis on words, pitch, etc. On the other hand if you can do all that with your own voice and use the comp to make it sound like a different voice, well, that appeals to me as an easier solution. I don't know how good the implementation is, but for 99 bucks it might be worth a shot. Gonna try the free demo for now... I wish you guys would stop makin' me spend money on new apps ;)

Tunesy,

There are hardware based options if you have a sound card that lets you do it. I have a Sound Blaster Live 5.1. It lets me change the pitch a little and has some effects you can apply to the audio. It only works by applying it to all the sounds you hear from your PC so the way I do it is like this:

1. Open an audio editing app, I use Audaticy (free) http://audacity.sf.net
2. Set the sound card settings, I use the mixer that comes with the SB live 5.1 drivers.
3. Select the Microphone as source for recording in both the mixer and in Audacity.
4. Start recording.
5. To hear what I just recorder I remove the sound effects on the mixer otherwise I hear an effect applyed on top of the previously recorded effect.

Is this good enough or easy to do?? It is not, but works if you are in a tight budget and don't mind the very few changes to the pitch of your voice you get.

So I would go with the VoiceChanger software. It seems to give good results and is not time consuming compared to my method.

By the way, and for every body reading, if you want to use Text-To-Speech on your projects you may have to pay a "fee" for redistribution of the voices like those that AT&T sells or NeoSpeech voices. Why? Because when you buy those you are only getting a license for one person, one computer, personal or educational use only. So be aware of that.

I think the voices that come with the mac or with windows you can use for free. I saw some videos here and there on the internet that used those voices and also on internet radio.

Have a good one.

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 10:07 PM

I have to add that if you want other languages you may want to check the RealSpeak engine.

http://www.scansoft....realspeak/demo/

This engine is available in many languages, usually bundled with Dragon Naturally Speaking (windows only I think), Kurzweill (very expensive software, on the 4 digit spectrum of the wallet $1,000 bucks or more I think), etc, etc, etc.

And like I said in my previous post: If you buy a TTS with the purpose of using it in your project yuo may have to pay a fee for redistribution, don't know if it is for commercial use only but read that somewhere.

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 07:58 PM

Thanks for the info, saga. I have a bunch of software that I could use to try and manipulate voices, but that VoiceChanger looks cheap enough that I think I'll go with it. Should be fine for my hobbyist stuff.




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