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    Dear all,

    I've been taking a look at how easy it would be to add text-to-speech functionality.

    The best solution I think would be to use the Microsoft Text-to-Speech Engine which is built in to Win XP and can be installed on 98/2000.

    Ultimatly this could be used with GPS support, but would be good as a general option for 'speaking' the option as you select it. The other advantage with the Microsoft Engine is you have a range of different voices that you can select.

    Moving on from this, we could also look to provide voice recognition using the Microsoft Speech Recognition Engine, again built into XP and can be installed on 98/2000.

    What do you all think? I don't mind looking into adding this in, but what arrangements are there at the moment for assisting with Media Engine development?

    Install stuff
    http://www.microsoft.com/msagent/downloads/user.asp

    docs
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...tml/sa03f1.asp

    Regards,

    Andrew
    06 Volvo XC90
    Use to have installed MII 10000/512Mb/40GB, Lilliput 7", OPUS 90W, Wifi-G PCMCIA, Head Unit Aux adapter, Delorme GPS, XM PCR, Audigy NX, RR
    Car PC downloads: http://carpc.harteveldt.com/

  • #2
    Originally posted by skippy76
    Dear all,

    I've been taking a look at how easy it would be to add text-to-speech functionality.

    The best solution I think would be to use the Microsoft Text-to-Speech Engine which is built in to Win XP and can be installed on 98/2000.

    Ultimatly this could be used with GPS support, but would be good as a general option for 'speaking' the option as you select it. The other advantage with the Microsoft Engine is you have a range of different voices that you can select.

    Moving on from this, we could also look to provide voice recognition using the Microsoft Speech Recognition Engine, again built into XP and can be installed on 98/2000.

    What do you all think? I don't mind looking into adding this in, but what arrangements are there at the moment for assisting with Media Engine development?

    Install stuff
    http://www.microsoft.com/msagent/downloads/user.asp

    docs
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...tml/sa03f1.asp

    Regards,

    Andrew
    Interesting idea! Only prob i have with the MS Speech products is the voices that are included! If something more up-to-date was available free that would be nice I've looked around for voices...they are expensive additions.
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    • #3
      Festival is a great open source text-speech application. That with some tweaking can be made to compile in Win32(according to the website)
      http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/fe.../download.html

      There is also an application called NaturalVoices which can produce great voice synth but is rather expensive to license. It has both a Linux and Windows SDK.
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      • #4
        The Microsoft Text 2 Speech Engine is free and can be downloaded from the Microsoft Website.

        There are about 15 different voices that come with it although they are not great, I've not found any that are any better.
        06 Volvo XC90
        Use to have installed MII 10000/512Mb/40GB, Lilliput 7", OPUS 90W, Wifi-G PCMCIA, Head Unit Aux adapter, Delorme GPS, XM PCR, Audigy NX, RR
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        • #5
          At one point I had come across a company that had a whole bunch you could purchase...again...not worth while I would like something that sounds like a real person!
          Asus Pundit Barebones PC
          7" Lilliput LCD
          P4 2.8ghz 512mb 120gb
          Windows XP Pro, VOICES
          Sony Xplode 10in Sub, Rockford 600w amp
          Pioneer 6x9's and 4x6's, Kenwood 4ch amp
          Black Widow Alarm with Pager

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          • #6
            We have been taking about this in another thread. It has voice recognition and can tell you what is playing. It is VooDoo Voice
            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...694#post181694


            It worked well in Media Engine also. the install procedure is very similar but once you get it to work it stays working. Media Car overwrites the playlist everytime you close it. Let me know if you need Media Engine procedures.



            Here is a list of the commands in VooDoo Voice Control for Winamp.

            computer - use this to get the PC to listen to you. Can be changed to anything
            begin play
            stop play
            next song
            previous song
            switch to <song>
            what is this?
            increase volume
            decrease volume
            set volume <percent> percent
            mute
            play something by <artist>
            something else
            go back to that last one

            Randell Kelly

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            • #7
              If you want something that sounds like a real person look into. AT&T's Natural voice addition to T2S. Its $30 for the base and you get two voices while they have numerous others available including ones with english accents with it (Interactive samples on the site if you wanna hear what they sound like). I thought it was worth it for me to have realistic voices.
              http://www.naturalvoices.att.com/
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              • #8
                yep, I had found that site. they have another link that lets you make the voice and download it as a wav. I made a few and put them into VooDoo Voice.
                they sound cool!!! but still not perfect.

                Here is a zip file with replacment voice commands for voodoo voice. it is a UK English voice.
                Attached Files
                Randell Kelly

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by lerandell
                  We have been taking about this in another thread. It has voice recognition and can tell you what is playing. It is VooDoo Voice
                  http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...694#post181694


                  It worked well in Media Engine also. the install procedure is very similar but once you get it to work it stays working. Media Car overwrites the playlist everytime you close it. Let me know if you need Media Engine procedures.



                  Here is a list of the commands in VooDoo Voice Control for Winamp.

                  computer - use this to get the PC to listen to you. Can be changed to anything
                  begin play
                  stop play
                  next song
                  previous song
                  switch to <song>
                  what is this?
                  increase volume
                  decrease volume
                  set volume <percent> percent
                  mute
                  play something by <artist>
                  something else
                  go back to that last one

                  Hi lerandell, Good job with making this works in MC&ME2.0. If you don't mind, can you please post the step by step on how to set it up with Media Engine 2.0. Thank you very much in advance.

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                  • #10
                    Here is a much better software with very realistic voices.

                    http://www.scansoft.com/speechify/demo/

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                    • #11
                      About the same as the ATT voices. Nothing spectacular
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                      • #12
                        I downloaded this a while ago, but never got a chance to try it yet.

                        http://www.festvox.org/packed/windows/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lerandell
                          We have been taking about this in another thread. It has voice recognition and can tell you what is playing. It is VooDoo Voice
                          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...694#post181694


                          It worked well in Media Engine also. the install procedure is very similar but once you get it to work it stays working. Media Car overwrites the playlist everytime you close it. Let me know if you need Media Engine procedures.



                          Here is a list of the commands in VooDoo Voice Control for Winamp.

                          computer - use this to get the PC to listen to you. Can be changed to anything
                          begin play
                          stop play
                          next song
                          previous song
                          switch to <song>
                          what is this?
                          increase volume
                          decrease volume
                          set volume <percent> percent
                          mute
                          play something by <artist>
                          something else
                          go back to that last one

                          Hi, lerandell can you please post the Media Engine procedures? And also what kind of microphone are you using? Thanks in advance.

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                          • #14
                            I will write up the procedure to get voodoo voice to work with Media Engine. but it will have to wait about a week. I am trying to get my shop cleaned and ready for our Mp3car.com Meeting here for the Dallas area.
                            Randell Kelly

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lerandell
                              I will write up the procedure to get voodoo voice to work with Media Engine. but it will have to wait about a week. I am trying to get my shop cleaned and ready for our Mp3car.com Meeting here for the Dallas area.
                              Thanks in advance.

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