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

Torrie Fischer tdfischer at hackerbots.net
Thu Sep 10 01:23:19 UTC 2015

I've gotten festival to work great before using these:


TW: ubuntuforums

Somewhere in ~tdfischer you might find the downloaded files since I totally 
started working on that a day before forgetting about it.

On Tuesday, September 08, 2015 06:42:38 PM Rubin Abdi 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!
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