What do you use TTS for?

What do you use TTS for?

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When we think about improving TTS voice quality, we always need to consider the scenerio that TTS are used in.
For example, if the scenerio is accessiblity, TTS needs to be highly intelligible in all conditions.
If the scenerio is reading turn by turn directions, the key information of routing needs to be highlighted and more prominent.

So if you are developing or have an application that uses TTS now, what do you use it for? What kind of expectation do you have on the TTS quality?

 

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  • I would like to create speech from text and save to a file on a web site. I know have to create a wave file ahead of when it is needed. I would like to see a code example how I can dynamically create a wave file and play it on a web site.

    I like the <bgsound src="GoodMorning.wav" loop=1 /> tag but it is not compatible with other browsers.

    I like to play a simple message without any buttons or controls.

  • I would like to create speech from text and save to a file on a web site. I know have to create a wave file ahead of when it is needed. I would like to see a code example how I can dynamically create a wave file and play it on a web site.

    I like the <bgsound src="GoodMorning.wav" loop=1 /> tag but it is not compatible with other browsers.

    I like to play a simple message without any buttons or controls.

  • I would like to create speech from text and save to a file on a web site. I know have to create a wave file ahead of when it is needed. I would like to see a code example how I can dynamically create a wave file and play it on a web site.

    I like the <bgsound src="GoodMorning.wav" loop=1 /> tag but it is not compatible with other browsers.

    I like to play a simple message without any buttons or controls.

  • hi,

    do you try mp3 format?

  • What audio formats do TTS support? I have only been able to output a wave file from System.Speech.Synthesis namespace in .Net.

  • I can get TTS to pronounce English words, but it has a problem with proprietary abbreviations. Is there a way to give hints on pronounciation?

  • @myblog - There's not really a way to create a mp3 file directly using the Speech namespace. We need to convert a wav to a mp3 using a different mechanism. To add to what agarvan said, I'd like to see an easier way of having a user select the text (in a web app) using the mouse and click on a button to speak the text out. Not sure if this can be done today.

    Also, I really would like to see some male voices added to the collection.

  • To agarvan:

    if you have some special word in your domain, one suggestion is that you can normalize the word first before speaking them

    To Dave:

    it is possible to do what you want. But you will need to do some programming like generating mp3 from server and playing at client side

  • My software generates audio books. While pronunciation is quite good, audio quality is so low, that it makes impossible to listen in noisy (travel) situations.

    Could be better, if multiple languages, e.g. Russian and English, were supported in one TTS language pack.

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