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SpeakFreely, ALSA and Software TTS

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SpeakFreely, Software TTS And ALSA [Edit]

In ALSA and ASYM I mentioned that speakfreely appeared to have stopped
working. As it turns out, this had nothing to do with the switch to ASYM. I
believe that in the past I had run speakfreely by first killing software TTS
--- since by default speakfreely uses OSS.

Getting speakfreely working with ALSA without losing software TTS required the
following steps;

   1.  Retrieve the latest tarball speak_freely-7.6a.tar.gz
   2.  Uncomment the ALSA specific line in its Makefile
   3.  In file audio_alsa.c, change the default audio device from plughw:0,0
     to default. Without this change, speakfreely will try to access the sound
     card directly; setting it to default on line 41:

     char *devAudioOutput = "default";

     matches things up with the pcm.default that was configured in the

With this, you can now talk using speakfreely and continue to use software

Bookmark: T. V. Raman2006-06-19T07:04:48-07:00

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