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[emacspeak The Complete Audio Desktop] ASoundrc Parameters For Reliably Using ALSA Powered Software TTS

Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ALSA is a boon for software TTS users --- you can now use your soundcard to produce spoken output while not losing audio output from other applications such as music players and streaming radio stations.

Emacspeak implements an ALSA-enabled TTS server for the IBM ViaVoice engine --- using this server effectively requires appropriately tuning the parameters in the user's asoundrc file to:

Depending on how well your sound-card is supported by ALSA, the above can be either trivially simple or a tedious process of trial and error. I'm writing this up to:

For the above, works effectively means the following:

At the end of this entry, you can find the relevant section from the asoundrc file from the Emacspeak distribution, with comments indicating which sound cards perform well. An example of a card that does not work well with these settings is the Audigy-LS from Creative; the TTS engine works on that card, but performs degrades:

  Id: asoundrc,v 1.3 2006/05/23 00:22:16 raman Exp $
#these numbers work on the following:
# aplay -l | head 1
# I82801DBICH4 [Intel 82801DB-ICH4] (IBM Thinkpads)
# ICH6 [Intel ICH6],

#  default device is a mixer

pcm.!default {
    type plug
    slave.pcm "dmixer"

pcm.dmixer  {
    type dmix
    ipc_key 1024
    slave {
        pcm "hw:0,0"
        format s16_LE
        period_time 0
        period_size 1024
        buffer_size 4096
        rate 44100
    bindings {
        0 0
        1 1

Posted by T. V. Raman to emacspeak The Complete Audio Desktop at 5/22/2006 05:40:34 PM ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the emacspeak list or change your address on the emacspeak list send mail to "emacspeak-request@cs.vassar.edu" with a subject of "unsubscribe" or "help"
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