[Noisebridge-discuss] (Good) Linux text to speech

John Adams jna at retina.net
Wed Sep 9 21:33:34 UTC 2015

I am surprised that no one has mentioned festival (or the closed source,
yet free for private use cepstral) TTS. There are some voices that are
reasonable for it but not great. espeak is pretty awful, imho.

Two other options for you that don't entirely fill your requirements but
could work for small jobs like announcing people.

Ivona (Excellent speech, requires signup for developers)

Free TTS as as service but 100 word limit per conversion.


On Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 6:42 PM, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:

> I'm wondering if there's anyone here who's gotten good sounding text to
> speech in Linux working?
> Back story: I've been using Google's TTS engine that's behind Google
> Translate to give Pegasus (the tiny server running in the space) a voice.
> It's basically a URL that I hit, throw in the text and they return with a
> wave file. It was working great and sounded excellent. However Google is
> now throwing up a Captcha in order to get the wave file if you're not going
> through Google Translate. You can try it here...
> http://translate.google.com/translate_tts?tl=en&q=Hello%20how%20are%20you?
> I could try to hack it and get around the Captcha, but honestly it would
> be more excellent if Pegasus just did the speaking itself and people
> wouldn't constantly ask me if we're getting sponsored by Google (though
> Google does do matching donations for any of its employees, donate now!).
> The best I've done so far as been to get espeak to not sound like a robot
> fucking my ear, now it just sounds like a robot...
> espeak -ven-us+f4 -s130
> So, have have you gotten something like Festival or espeak to sound good?
> My requirements are...
> - Free open source software
> - It needs to run on Debian
> - If there's some language file I need to download, it's ok if the license
> allows it, but I don't want to pay for something
> - I don't want to run a Mac or OS X
> - Android doesn't count
> Can you help? Thanks!
> --
> Rubin
> rubin at starset.net
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