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Questions referring to text-to-speech software that enables the computer to process input in the form of text characters and provide the output as audible sentences.

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How to create a clear voice using espeak?

I just generated the audio from the text using espeak on Ubuntu. But the quality of the audio is not good. The audio was cracked and it was not clear. I am not sure what is the issue.
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Pico2wave read a file

pico2wave Wish to input a text file into pico2wave. Something like this ... pico2wave 'read a file' My entire code sudo apt update && dependencies=(calibre sox libttspico-utils) for i in ${...
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Orca behaviour when it reads a text containing words in different language from the main one

I am a totally beginner with screen readers and accessibility tools. I have installed Orca Screen Reader on my Kubuntu 20.04. I am Italian, so Orca by default is configured with the Italian language. ...
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How to make Ubuntu read aloud every key I type?

I want to configure Ubuntu to read aloud the keys and words I type. For example, if I type b it should say "b" in the background. While I'm using other applications, the system should say ...
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No TTS voices on Firefox v102.0 after upgrading to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

My Firefox version is 102.0.1. I upgraded my desktop from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS. I noted now that Firefox was installed under snapd. I noticed these events happening on my system: No voices ...
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Manually install voices in festival [duplicate]

I am using festival as the natural reader in ubuntu, and I have been trying to download voices from CMU website and place them into /usr/share/festival/voices/ However, none of the manually ...
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I'm a mute; how can I use TTS as speech?

This question is about parsing audio data as a microphone input. How do I want to use this? Since I'm a mute, I want to be able to use TTS data, such as: espeak-ng "Hello World" --stdout | ...
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Replace my voice in video recording with a TTS generated speech

I want to make a screencast substituting my voice with an audio generated by a TTS engine. The problem is if I use a stt followed by a tts the generated audio will not be in sync with my voice and won'...
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Is there a way to use microsoft online voices (tts) in Ubuntu?

Microsoft Edge has that feature called "Read Aloud" that allows you to read web pages or ebooks with very realistic voices available online. I checked the Linux version of the browser but ...
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spd-say change voice doesn't apply language

When I am using spd-say -l "en-US" -y Belinda "Hello sir, how can I help you?" it works fine with the selected voice. However if I run the same command again it reverts to the ...
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Why does mpg321 sometimes lose the start of audio?

I am using Lubuntu 20.04 on a Raspberry Pi 3B. I am trying to use gtts-cli (text to speech program) to generate audio directly by: gtts-cli "Almost no modern computer function works properly"...
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How to use google text to speech with Foliate ebook reader installed in Ubuntu Base image in Android phone?

I have installed the Foliate ebook reader after installing Ubuntu Base image for Android phone. I want to use gTTs, which uses Google speech to text service, as its voice is much better than espeak or ...
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Is it possible to change Foliate's TTS client?

I am not a fan of reading books from a computer screen. I install Foliate to listen to my epub books while I am working on the PC. It uses festival tts by default. I have Glate on Ubuntu 20.04. And ...
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How to configure Okular to use SVOX pico for its "read text" functionality?

Okular has a nice read text functionality that by default uses espeak as a backend. As espeak has a rather robotic voice, I would prefer to use SVOX pico.
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How to use SVOX pico TTS with Libreoffice 7.1 flatpak?

What I have done: I have installed pico: sudo apt-get install libttspico0 libttspico-utils libttspico-data I have installed the read text extension from here I have tried to configure the read text ...
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espeak text to speech sounds very weird while running pyttsx3 code on ubuntu 20.04 LTS

I am bit new to linux and I tried to run this python code. At the first time it asked me to install libespeak-dev and try to run the code again. After installing it when I ran the code the sound was ...
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How to disable speech-dispatcher in Ubuntu 20.04?

I've got some problems with the recognition of my audio devices (see here for more detail). One suggested fix that floats around the internet is to disable the speech-dispatcher, by changing the ...
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Speech Dispatcher not working after changing voice to Festival

I followed these instructions for how to change the default voice for spd-say from espeak to festival hoping that would allow me to use festival in Chrome with a text-to-speech extension I have ...
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Text-to-speech like Option-Esc in macOS

I'm considering switching over to Ubuntu from macOS at the moment, and the one feature I can't seem to find a replacement for is macOS's Speech tools, in particular the "Speak selected text when ...
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Is there a The “Speak Text” feature like in Okular for a document reader in Gnome?

I just noticed that there is this: The "Speak Text" feature in Okular is not working. How do I get it to work? Do we have a solution for Gnome without installing the KDE platform through the ...
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speech-dispatcher stopped working, spd-say starts, but stops after a few words [duplicate]

I have a problem with speech-dispatcher. As stated: speech-dispatcher stopped working. spd-say starts, but stops after a few words. To be more precise: I had a longer text. (This https://github.com/...
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Enable SpeechSynthesis API in the Web Browser on Kubuntu 20.04

Is there any web browser I can install in Kubuntu 20.04 that supports the web standards as it pertains to Speech Synthesis? I've tried Firefox, Chromium, and Brave. This web standard once worked fine ...
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How can I automate tts?

Right now I have a keybinding that uses the xsel program to grab the contents of selected text and pass it to the festival text to speech engine: #!/bin/bash xsel |festival --tts --pipe I want ...
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Festival text-to-speech ignores `current-voice` defined in `.festivalrc` in 20.04

On Ubuntu 18.04 I had in my ~/.festivalrc (voice.select 'en1_embrola) which works as expected. However after upgrading to 20.04 my default voice is kal_diphone On festival's interactive shell (...
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18.04.1 desktop: How to install the 'Fiona' voice that is present in the Festival TTS demo page

I want to dl/install the Fiona voice that is present on the Festival TTS demo page. I have searched around and found instructions on downloading and installing many other voices that are present in ...
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Wine: How to use SAPI 5 voices for TTS application “Balabolka”?

I recently installed Wine according to this answer and “Balabolka”, a very good TTS program that runs smoothly under Windows, afterwards. Wine did not install SAPI 4 or SAPI 5 voices which are ...
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Translate book-length text to mp3 audio

I have a 70 chapter book that I need to have read aloud to me. My sight is failing after 45 years. I need book.txt translated to book.mp3.
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Why does spd-say stop speaking after a short while in the command line?

I've noticed that whenever I'm in the command line and I try spd-say, it always stops shortly after it starts, and doesn't finish what I've told it to say. For instance, spd-say "moo moo farms are ...
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bash script using espeak only says first word

I am writing a bash script to convert lyrics to audio clips using espeak. The problem is that espeak only says the first word, rather than the line by line that I'm reading. I tried putting the lines ...
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Is there a text-to-speech system for Ubuntu which can do 'character' voices?

Most people are looking for natural sounding TTS. I am looking for something that has personality for an animatronic creature. It could be robotic or gruff or babyish, but it should be amusing.
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festival ubuntu not working text to speech

Can anyone help this out, my cli log shows following like this, ALSA lib confmisc.c:768:(parse_card) cannot find card '0' ALSA lib conf.c:4248:(_snd_config_evaluate) function snd_func_card_driver ...
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The "Speak Text" feature in Okular is not working. How do I get it to work?

I'm currently using Ubuntu 18.04 and Okular for viewing pdf documents. I thought it would be convenient if I could use the text to speech feature. I tried following all the instructions given here: ...
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Speech recognition software (keyboard and mouse replacement and/or dictation)

I understand that there were some programs that used Alphabet's (Google's parent company) API for speech recognition in Ubuntu. But, it seems that you needed to be connected to Alphabet's servers in ...
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Clipboard TTS Custom Keyboard Doesn't Work

I want ubuntu to read aloud something I put on clipboard. I found a solution for that, which is this: xsel --clipboard | festival --tts When I try it on terminal, this code works. But when I try to ...
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How to use qt-speech in Kubuntu 18.04 (cli / Okular)

In Kubuntu 18.04 Okular can read any selection text, or the whole document by default. That is great, it is using qtspeech5 but How do I set the language? How can I use it from the CLI? Can't ...
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speech to text not works on ubuntu's browser

I've to start a project that will include the "speech to text" feature. So i start to check what is available around, and I found this: https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2013/01/Voice-Driven-...
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When the default text-to-speech program (spd-say) speaks it is accompanied by noise/crackling/buzzing (and some echo), how to fix?

spd-say "Hello world!" I'm running Ubuntu 17.10 on a laptop (Dell XPS 15). I haven't noticed any audio problems on this machine with any other application. I've done sudo apt dist-upgrade pretty ...
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Is there a text to speech software that allows you to save the audio for later?

So, basically I'm looking for a text-to-speech software that not only can read my files to me (I currently use Okular), but also would let me save the speech as an audio file, so that I can listen to ...
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Is there any software available to input text by speaking via microphone? [duplicate]

Is there any good 'Speech to Text' application available for Ubuntu? I have tried to find something in Software Center but I failed.
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How to install MaryTTS 5.2

I am trying to install MaryTTS 5.2 on Ubuntu 16.04. There is a guide on for 5.1.2 here . However, 5.2 is way different, and I do not understand the installation guide on their GitHub page. The ...
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How can I change the voice used by Firefox Reader View (Narrator) in Ubuntu?

The default voice as well as all alternative voices are very difficult to understand. I cannot find any documentation about how this feature is wired up.
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Is there a way to use text-to-speech without a third party program? [duplicate]

I like using my Macintosh to read things, but Ubuntu is really growing on me. I want to be able to have my computer read aloud to me without booting up my Mac. Is there a way to do this without ...
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SIOD ERROR: not a number

Some times when i use (SayText " ") it gives the following error: "SIOD ERROR: not a number". For example: festival> (SayText "ਮੇਰਾ ਨਾਮ") means (SayText"mera naam") SIOD ERROR: not a number ...
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Will Dragon Naturally Speaking in windows vbox on ubuntu 16.04 machine?

Following up on this post by Joe so I can tag it with DNS. I'm in the same situation -- only want win for DNS. Personally, I'm not interested in controlling a desktop (as in this post). I liked DNS ...
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could not find PyAudio, check installation

I am new to speech recognition and i am trying to use Google Speech API to build a speech to text program. I used the tutorial given in the following link and the commands within to install ...
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How to get speech output of negative numbers using festival speech synthesis?

For example, the speech output of -5.6 is "five point six", not "negative five point six". The negative part is always missing. How to get speech output of negative numbers using festival speech ...
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Improve sound (not voice) quality of Pico2Wave text-to-speech

I use Ubuntu 12.04. I want to make extensive use of the text-to-speech capabilities of Linux to create audio files from text. I've tried Festival but finding good voices and installing them is ...
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How can I add a language to spd-say?

I would like to add my language to Ubuntu, especially at least to spd-say, to make it possible make system speak out messages in my own language. I checked spd-say to see if my language is their or ...
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natural-sounding-text-to-speech

Firstly I know this question has been asked, Natural Sounding Text to Speech? I'm after some sort of text to speech engine, but to convert a full ebook / text. Simply put I no longer get enough time ...
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Installation steps for palaver speech on Ubuntu 16.04

I tried installing palaver speech recognition by the following the steps outlined here however I get error as shown here. I entered my firstname, lastname and email and language correctly in a popup. ...
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