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I'm looking for an alternative under Ubuntu for a software that I used to have long time ago under Windows. Its called TextAluod. It has natural voices that you can use. So far, I tried ESPEAK through terminal, but is too robotic, so I would like to know which alternatives are available for our dear Ubuntu and how natural the voices are?

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How about NR 6.6? From this webpage:

Regarding other good-sounding text-to-speech software, I looked everywhere, tried everything and NR was easily the best.

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Thanks for the information really useful – Pedro Teran May 3 '12 at 13:31

Cepstral has some really nice voices, but they're $30 each. They're designed to be used with IVRs, but they can behave like espeak by typing padsp swift "Some text" from the command line. There is a demo of the voices on the website.

They do have some for 'personal use', but they seem to be a full version behind the ones for professional use. Not sure if they require payment as well, but it's worth checking out.

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thanks really useful information, it seems a good idea, since it runs natively – Pedro Teran May 3 '12 at 13:32

I would check out I found it very good. I have a lot of old writings that I wanted to make into Audio book and this site lets me do this. You have your choice of many different voices (Male and Female). Worth taking a look at.

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I'll check it one of these days – Pedro Teran Jan 24 '13 at 14:34

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