Re: DOING AWAY WITH ESPEAK
Christo de Klerk
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eSpeak has some features not found in other synthesisers which, in my view, make it an essential synthesiser to have around. It is the only one I know which can pronounce the International Phonetic Alphabet and the Greek alphabet when using an English voice, which is extremely important for anyone interested in linguistics. It reads diacritic characters correctly which expensive synthesisers like Ivona cannot even do. Apart from these linguistic features, eSpeak must be just about the most responsive synthesiser. It also probably is the most accurate in its pronunciation of any synthesiser I know; in other words, it mispronounces fewer words than other synthesisers do. I think the author of eSpeak, Jonathan Duddington, did a truly wonderful job with eSpeak.
Another point: if you don't particularly care for the default voices used by eSpeak, you can install and use the MBrola voices which are also supported by eSpeak and which can pronounce everything eSpeak does. These voices have a very natural sound. I use the UK English voice. Installing MBrola is admittedly a mission, but once installed they definitely are worth the trouble.
Other Christo (by the way, it is not true that half the men in South Africa are called Christo).
On 2016/04/20 1:15 PM, Jacob Kruger wrote: