Text to speech: indian accent

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  1. Sridhar_Rao

    Sridhar_Rao New Member

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    Well.. there are many text-to-speech softwares out there which can convert text to speech and save it in wav or mp3 format.

    1) Which among the FREEWARES is the best?
    2) Since all the voice are American, is there any Indian accent that can be used to generate Indian voice?
     
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    As long as it use Microsoft speech engine, all are same. AT&T Labs Speech engine is the best (almost natural) and it has indian accent too. But its not free. You can try online demo to convert text to wav: http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php
     
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    ^^ any other brand of s/w available ?? i knw abt dragon, but they all hv US,UK accents...

    or else, how can i make the PC learn step-by-step.. I guess that will take ages.. considering thefact that i'll hv to speel each and every work in my accent.. :(

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    edit: hey i was impressed by the demo (in US accent).. :D
     
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    Dragon and others are Speech-to-text. And this is Text-to-Speech. Microsoft speech engine is used in most T2S softwares. So, quality is same. AT&T is the best natural sounding AFAIK. For Speech-to-text, Dragon is the best. Not very productive IMO.
     
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    I have a question - why would anyone want to hear an indian accent? I mean, US and UK accents are far more natural than indian.
     
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    ^^ Y not Indian accent, hum bhi kisi se kum nahi!
     
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    ^^ Translate, please...
     
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    Opinions differ. Not every Indian is comfortable with the western accent. When the target audience is Indian, why present them with a western accent? What do we prove by doing that?

    Please leave this discussion aside...and let me know if you are aware of any such Indian speech engines.
     
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    aau? U english eh?
     
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    lol.. good one :D:D

    btw, yup after hearing the AT&T's Hindi accent, sum words (like, Anjali, the speech AI herself cannot pronounce the name properly) also, the US accent was really simple adn smooth..

    yup, i do understand ppl hv different tastes, but was really impressed by the clarity.. :)
     
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    No, I'm Telugu/Tamil/English :)

    Actually, I can also speak a meaningless linguistically-challenged Japanese, but my friends call it grumbling.
     
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    ^^

    Well zulu for me here.. (but yes, none of my family or friends or jus anyone can understand it)..lol.. joking :D
     
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    I tried the AT&T engine mentioned above with Anjali (IN English). It's funny :D
     
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    ^^ yeah i knw, infact the US version is really clear...and understandable... Anjali messes up with the pronounciation of certain words..
     
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    I tried a few abuses :p
     
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    lol.. wtf...btw, did they sound right ??? :D:D
     
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    @Sridhar, if you are planning to have lots of desi names/words, these engines pronounce it funny. My name for example :( You'll have to bend your jaws in unnatural angles to speak like that lol :)
     
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    if for opposite speech to text then

    the best
    dragon naturally speaking ....any one above 9.0

    in that they have "indian accent" itself...for normal user it is 90% accurate..if you are somebody who work in call center and all...you will forget trying....

    i am not sales person of that ...but just a recommendation...was very nice that some software do care about indian consumers as well....
     
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