I remember when I was browsing voices of NVDA and I was cycling through all the espeak voices when suddenly it started to whisper in my ears, I immediately threw my headphones away in real shock and terror. I still shiver as I think about it, who would ever want a creepy voice like that? Does anyone use it?
I have quite a few favorites. For me, eloquence is my default synth when using my laptop. I don't know why, but it doesn't seem natural to have an actual human sounding voice reading me computer screen output. Eloquence is nice and simple, and does the job well. Now, if we are talking natural human voices, I gotta say, Saul from acapela takes the cake. Mica is another personal favorite, only because it's dialect and pronunciation are not too terribly dissimilar to the way the people I grew up around talk. Personally, I think there needs to be more accented voices. For instance, I think it would be particularly amusing if someone were to create a voice with the speech patterns of someone from Boston. Heck, it would be even more funny if someone would make a more African American synth than Saul. And at some point, someone should come up with a canadian english voice. All great ideas, but something I would use for reading certain stories that have certain themes which could be enhanced by accented synthesisers.
If we travel back a few years though, my favorite voices were the old keynote gold speech, which ran on all the humanware products up until they discontinued the apex. I also enjoyed DoubleTalk, I think it was called, which was the default for a few embossers we used to use.
Where could I listen to samples of Acapella Group? I went on their website /voices and clicked on the repertoire, but there is no sample. Is it compatible with jaws or NVDA?
#29 (edited by defender 2019-03-12 09:32:43)
For mac my favorite is Alison, for Windows using SAPI it's Ivona nicole, otherwise eloquence. And for Iphone it's Kate.
Lets demonstrate this: stand still Thom...
hey! I use, e-speak.
no other voice can read nepali except it.
and also for proper english i like Alex voice in I-phone and tom in nvda.
@Dark, I don't mean the British English version of Eloquence, but the American English one. The British English variation sounds like having just come from a violent dentist.
ATT charles, i like his laugh so much, and microsoft sam 2
#33 (edited by black_mana 2019-03-12 19:37:17)
i forgot to include alix, the lord of mac and acapella for sure, i'm using heather and lila for arabic, they sound very good, sometimes i like to swich to vocaliser, i'm using eva and oliver, these are the most txt speech i like
oussama? whats your tts which that you used in your recordings
@Afrim, yes, that's part of the reason I'm really not an eloquence fan, since even back in the nineties orphius just had such a superior English accent.
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)
For screen readers, eSpeak and Eloquence are the only once. They can both speak very fast and eSpeak can speak Icelandic, which is my native language. However, for fun, I really like Microsoft Sam, Mike, Mary, especially Sam, Anna and all the other voices, L&H Truvoice, Mac Alex, Vocalizer voices (these are one of the most natural once), NeoSpeech (some incredibly good voices there, including Julie, one of the most natural text to speech voices today), Ivona, L&H Michael and Michelle, Softvoice, Orpheus and a few others.
Whoever was talking about Vocalizer Daniel not being good, have you tried making him say something rude or violant or using him for playing Psycho Strike? It is so funny!!!!
#37 (edited by an idiot 2019-03-12 23:30:21)
@ 36 if you don't already know, I think it was ivona, had a voice for Icelandic.
I like some of the vocalizer expressive voices, and the Siri voices, the new ones. I use the Siri American voices on my phone, and occasionally the South African, for whatever reason. One thing with the south African voices is they sound a little too British at times, even though this is the way some of them speak, I wish they would be a little more diverse.
As for computer, I use whatever on both mac and windows, it changes, although I use alex on the mac for the most part.
I also think there should be more language dialects. For example in english accents hard to find, southern, African-American, Nigerian, and any other of the multitude of dialects. Espeak has quite a few.
@28, I first discovered acapela when I bought voice dream reader for iPhone, and it asked me which voice I'd like for free from them. After previewing several extremely natural sounding voices there, I decided to go look acapela up online. I found their site and also found that they offer a free t15 day trial for their voices with NVDA. This goes for both 22k voices and enhanced. I think the license costs around 120 dollars or so.
Anyway, as far as listening to samples, they have a little player somewhere on their site where you can enter text, choose the voice you want it to be read in, then play it. To prevent misuse of the voices though, each sample is underscored by a bit of music. If you want me to find this for you, let me know.
@37, Yep, they made two Icelandic voices for the blind community here, but I like eSpeak better.
jully, man i like the way how she sings, and eva 2,
is there any voice who sounds some how seductive?
I am seek of it.
Mmmmm 41, you said seductive, Julie sounds something close to that, but Susan is better in my opinion and, noone, can beat Sallie in terms of calmness and reading in general.
@43 where is Sallie ?
I mean where can i get it?
You could purchase it from Ivona, but now, I think they were bought by amazon to use the voices in their products.
wich language is the voice in?
@Nepali gamer and @oussamabengatrane
Salli is available as a US English voice from IVONA. All other IVONA voices, alongside Vocalizer Expressive voices, are available from Harpo Software at $45.00 a voice. A fully functional 30-day trial version is available as well. These are SAPI5 voices.
i like ava too, because of this, read it with ava
Another espeak fan, it's the only voice I can use at its max speed, and I like my voices fast.