If you have heard the robotic announcements in railway stations and other public places, and wondered whether there was always a human sitting behind the mic, then you need to acquaint yourself with a phenomenon called speech synthesis. This is the process of artificially producing a human voice from the computer. Festvox is an online tool that helps you create speech synthesis demos in various pre-defined accents.
Select the voice from the dropdown menu, select the audio format (wav, sun, aiff or ulaw), type the text in the box, and hit the synthesize button to play the resulting synthesized speech.
The voices available are a various mix of males and females.
Festvox is also available as a download for free. The tool is developed by Alan Black at Carnegie Mellon University.
- Web based speech synthesizer.
- Various voices and audio formats available.
- Available as a download too.
Check out Festvox @ www.festvox.org/voicedemos.html