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

tedward arbzed at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 23:14:43 UTC 2015

If you're open to a hardware-based solution, there are also a bunch of
voice synthesizer ICs out there you can get.

e.g. this one that sparkfun sells on a breakout board and sounds like a


On Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 2:33 PM, John Adams <jna at retina.net> wrote:

> 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)
> http://b2b.support.ivona.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/sign-into-Speech-Cloud/?l=en_US&fs=Search&pn=1
> Neospeech
> http://www.neospeech.com/pricing
> Free TTS as as service but 100 word limit per conversion.
> -j
> 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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