What is the best rated text to speech program available for various languages?

Mark Dworkin April 14, 2013
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I need the best program that will convert my documents from text to speech. It must sound like a real voice, as this is for my business. Voices need to be in male and female languages. I need English (American and British; Spanish; Chinese (especially Mandarin and Cantonese); Japanese; French; German; Italian; Hebrew; Swedish; Polish etc.

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  1. Mike
    July 19, 2013 at 2:39 am

    You can try Panopreter Plus ( http://www.panopreter.com ) , It reads any text out with natural-sounding voices and convert the text into mp3, a lot of languages are supported, and it's simple to use.

  2. Kelli Orrela
    May 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Try SoundGecko (http://soundgecko.com/) or, if you use Google Chrome, the extension Select and Speak (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/select-and-speak/gfjopfpjmkcfgjpogepmdjmcnihfpokn?hl=en).

  3. Louis Wang
    April 15, 2013 at 4:31 am

    IVONA Voice sounds really natural and nice, but unfortunately it doesn't have some of the languages you need...

  4. Oron Joffe
    April 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Mark, I don't know what your application is, but no fully-automated system sounds even remotely natural. Systems such as phone services ("press 1 to speak to an adviser" etc) actually used recorded words and phrases, which are usually customised for each customer. There are many such systems and they cater for all sorts of different markets (directing customer inquiries to the right person, help desk systems, library automation systems...) but the quality of speech in them is largely dependent on the care and attention of the solution provider (the person/company who tailors is to your needs) rather than on the software itself.

  5. Phantomx
    April 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Speech to text or text to speech? Your title does not match your agenda.

    Text to Speech Software with AT&T Natural Voices™ available at Nextup.com it handles 20 languages.

    • Tina Sieber
      April 26, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Oops, that was my mistake. He meant speech to text, that's what he said and how I tagged the post, and then I messed up the title. My bad!

  6. ha14
    April 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm
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