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Re: espeak speech server



I'm using both Ubuntu and espeak on my home machine. It works well,
but I had to do the following

1. Re-build espeak from the soruces after changin the sound subsystem
setting from protaudio to pulseaudio.

2. I stripped out the multispeech support from espeak and reduced some
of the calls to reset defaults etc as I thought the lib was being a
bit heavy handed and over cautious. At the time, I was desperate to
get things working and to be honest, as soon as they were, I left
things alone, so I'm not 100% sure if the changes I made had any real
impact or if it was simply building against native pulseaudio for
espeak that fixed the problems.

3. I have no .asoundrc file and pulseaudio is at its default 'out of
the box' settings.

4. This is all running on a 64bit intel based hardware. I have both a
soundblaster audigy sound card as well as the built in integrated 'on
board' card.

While not as good as outloud, I find it quite usable. The speech is
clear and no longer chpped etc. The one drawback is that there is
still some latency when typing. I find it necessary to turn off
character echo. I did also find the speak 'Capital' problem a pain and
some other minor annoyances with how certain functionality has been
implemented, but on the whole, find it the most usable of the free
solutions I've tried. I'm not using anything else other than
emacpseak, so don't know what issues may exist wth things like Orca or
speakup etc.

Tim

On 12 January 2012 06:22, bigd <bigd.vi.guy@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I think most of that is because of pulseaudio. I hda a similar experience when I enabled pulse on m y box, espeak and the emacspeak espeak server were very choppy. As for
> turning off capitals, try c-u c-e d s
>
> HTH,
> KJ4UFX
> {.i doi .tcikoritys. mi cuxna ba'e do}
>
>  On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 02:22:22PM +1100, Bart Bunting wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>> Was playing around with a ubuntu vm (latest precise).  Think this
>> applies though to other versions also.
>>
>> I ran up a copy of the espeak speech server compiled from latest svn.
>>
>> To be honest the experience is crap.  I'm not sure if it is something to
>> do with the vm or the server itself.  Perhaps some of it could be
>> attributed to ubuntu using pulseaudio.
>>
>> I'm seeing lots of utterances chopped off before speech ends.  Some
>> characters   are not echoed etc etc.  Also espeak appears to insist on
>> saying "capital" all the time for capital letters.
>>
>> Is anyone using espeak as their primary speech server and if so any
>> comments/suggestions?
>>
>> I would also note that on the same system, orca using speech-dispatcher
>> with espeak appears to work just fine.
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>> Bart
>>
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