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[emacspeak The Complete Audio Desktop] SpeakFreely, Software TTS And ALSA

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 .asoundrc.

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

Posted by T. V. Raman to emacspeak The Complete Audio Desktop at 6/19/2006 07:04:48 AM ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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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