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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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I would check out http://www.spokentext.net/. 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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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
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How do you find NR 6.6 .As this webpage quoted:

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

Maybe this webpage holds something for you

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