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Re: Linux speech w/o special hardware



The attached web page will put you on the path of getting ViaVoice. It's 
the better solution right now, because installing it and getting it 
working with emacspeak is relatively easy and pretty well documented.
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Fri, 22 Mar 2002, Jack Heim wrote:

> I'm unclear on which of the two packages you're talking about. Have you 
> seen Festival or Viavoice work?
> 
> I spent a couple of hours last night searching google & google groups for 
> info on getting Festival working with emacspeak. I didn't really find 
> anything helpful and the few pages I did find tended to indicate there's a 
> piece missing. Apparently some intermediate piece you need between 
> emacspeak & Festival hasn't been developed yet. But most of what I found 
> was so vague I couldn't really tell.
> 
> I certainly did not find anything where someone said straight out that they 
> use a linux machine with emacspeak & Festival.
> 
> My problem is that I need a laptop and I can't figure out how I'm going to 
> get speech working. It seems to me that dragging along an external synth 
> would defeat the purpose.
> 
> 
> 
> At 06:03 PM 3/22/02 +0530, you wrote:
> >I have not got it working on a linux box yet, but i have seen it work. It is
> >good. I think you have binaries for it for linux.
> >
> >Prasad
> >
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Jack Heim" <jheim facstaff wisc edu>
> >To: <blinux-list redhat com>
> >Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 9:32 PM
> >Subject: Linux speech w/o special hardware
> >
> >
> > > Has anyone downloaded IBM's Viavoice Outload lately? I downloaded it last
> > > summer but now I can't find it on their web site. I'm wondering if it
> >might
> > > have been withdrawn.
> > >
> > > So then I started poking around on the University of Wisconsin's Trace
> > > Center web site. It mentions something called Festival from the University
> > > of Edinburgh. I was wondering if anyone had gotten that working on
> >standard
> > > hardware, a PC with a sound card.
> > >
> > >
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<p>ViaVoice text-to-speech (TTS) technology uses the latest in linguistic technologies to synthesize speech.
More than just a simple reader, ViaVoice TTS is a sophisticated technology that goes through several high level linguistic stages to create highly intelligible speech output. Rather than using small snippets of actual spoken recordings and gluing them together, the formant technology takes advantage of a synthesizer to generate the final sounds that we hear.  The attributes of this technology are that it is highly intelligible, and, because it is totally generated by the computer, is very flexible and requires fewer system resources.  It can accommodate an unlimited number of voices by modifying the gender, pitch, headsize, roughness, etc., and all of these attributes can be modified on the fly.
<p><a href="http://www.ibm.com/software/speech/enterprise/collateral/viavoicetts.pdf";>IBM ViaVoice TTS Spec Sheet</a>

<p><font color=green>June 26, 2000:</font> The <i>golden</i> <b>ViaVoice TTS SDK for Linux V5.1</b> is now available. This SDK provides a robust set of application programming interfaces (APIs)
that when combined with the ViaVoice TTS Run Time Kit enables Linux applications to access text-to-speech resources.
<p><font color=green>March 31, 2000:</font> The <b>ViaVoice TTS Run Time Kit for Linux V5.1</b> provides a flexible speech synthesis engine and currently supports
U.S. English only.

<b>ViaVoice TTS SDK for Linux</b>
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<li>Technologies:
<ul>
<li>IBM native interface definition, ECI
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<li>Documentation:
<ul>
<li>IBM ViaVoice TTS API Reference
<li>Readme Files
</ul>
<li>Sample Programs:
<ul>
<li>Command Line Speak Sample
<li>File Speak Sample
<li>Lesstif Speak Sample
</ul>
</ul>
<p>The Run Time must be installed to run the samples in the SDK.
<p><b>ViaVoice TTS Run Time Kit for Linux</b>
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<li>ViaVoice speech synthesis engine and data files to support text-to-speech.
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<b>ViaVoice TTS SDK and ViaVoice TTS Run Time Kit for Linux</b>
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<li>Hardware:
<ul>
<li>Processor performance equivalent to Intel Pentium 166MHz with 256K L2 cache
<li>32MB of RAM in total
<li>20MB available hard disk space (15MB for run time, 5MB for SDK)
<li>Linux compatible 16 bit sound card
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<li>Software:
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<li>Linux with sound installed and enabled
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<p><b><a href="http://www6.software.ibm.com/dl/viavoice/linux-p";>Download</a></b> the ViaVoice TTS SDK and TTS Run Time Kit for Linux.
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<p>Technical support for the ViaVoice TTS SDK for Linux and ViaVoice TTS Run Times for Linux is provided free of charge through the use of an e-mail
discussion list. This method allows you to easily e-mail your questions and answers to everyone that has subscribed to the
list. You will also have access to the archive, which will contain all the e-mails, including questions, answers, and
comments, that have been submitted.
<ul>
<li>To subscribe to the ViaVoice for Linux e-mail discussion list, simply send an e-mail
to <b><A HREF="mailto:join-viavoice laser sparklist com">join-viavoice laser sparklist com</A></b>. You will then receive an electronic welcome letter containing information on how to use this service.
<li>A digest is also available to developers that would prefer to receive a group of messages as a single e-mail rather
than receiving one e-mail for each message posted to the discussion list. To subscribe to the ViaVoice Digest for Linux
e-mail discussion list, simply send an e-mail to
<b><A HREF="mailto:join-viavoice-digest laser sparklist com">join-viavoice-digest laser sparklist com</A></b>. You will then receive an electronic welcome letter containing information on how to use this service.
<li>Once you've joined the list, you may submit your questions and answers to all other subscribers by simply sending an
e-mail to <b><A HREF="mailto:viavoice laser sparklist com">viavoice laser sparklist com</A></b>
<li>To view the archive of messages, simply visit this address on the web at:
<b><a href="http://viavoice.sparklist.com";>http://viavoice.sparklist.com</a></b>
</ul>
<p>Note: Please restrict your messages on this discussion list to ViaVoice SDKs and Run Times for Linux.

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<p><b>ViaVoice Run Times</b><br>
You may be eligible to license
the ViaVoice Run Times to distribute with your product. The runtimes contain the speech engine and data files
to be integrated with your application package. For more information about runtime licensing, send a note to
<A HREF="mailto:vvlic us ibm com">vvlic us ibm com</A>.
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