Re: Adjusting Microsoft voices (was RE: [nvda] Giving up on CodeFactory voices in NVDA)


It is "Plantronics Audio 648. There is an option to edit the settings,
but I've not found a way to adjust the equalizer bits. There is bass
whatever, but the only choices are office/home theatre. The other
options don't provide much help either. I think I will have to go over
it with JAWS incase NVDA is missing something--like the properties
boxes I dealt with yesterday.

On 3/3/18, JM Casey <> wrote:
I don't know what model you have, but it does seem that many of the
Pantronics headsets come with a physical tone control. I guess yours
doesn't, but this should still be doable through software.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Melissa
Sent: March 3, 2018 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: Adjusting Microsoft voices (was RE: [nvda] Giving up on
CodeFactory voices in NVDA)

I understand what you are saying. I went there first when I was looking to
adjust it. I could not find a tad to adjust the base and treble. There was
only an option to adjust the left and right stereo function. I have a real
tech sound card and I was able to find it to disable the extra step that it
had going on. I have not been able to find something similar for this
headset--which is a Plantronics headset.

On Mar 3, 2018, at 11:24 AM, JM Casey <> wrote:


I'm somewhat familiar with overly bassy headphones, but not, I think the
type you have described. All my headphones have always used RCA plugs or
the other small jack whose designation I can't recall at the moment, and
have plugged either directly into the sound card or into the connected
speakers themselves.

Do you have a speakers or volume icon in your system tray? I believe you
can also get to this through sound in control panel. There should be
bass/trebble adjustment sliders there at the very least, as well as a
general volume setting.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of
Melissa Jean
Sent: March 3, 2018 12:20 PM
Subject: Re: Adjusting Microsoft voices (was RE: [nvda] Giving up on
CodeFactory voices in NVDA)

I looked when I first plugged it in. It was the first thing I had looked
for. I only recall seeing something about Microsoft headphones and there
being a combo box that would go to the Microsoft store if I opened it. I
will have to look at it again when I get a chance to. I was not able to
find anything like that.

On Mar 3, 2018, at 10:30 AM, Tyler Spivey <> wrote:

Have you tried disabling the audio enhancements? In the Sound control
panel, press Properties on your headset, see if it has an
Enhancements tab. There should be a checkbox in there called Disable
all enhancements. Check it.

On 3/3/2018 8:04 AM, Melissa Jean wrote:
I wanted a headset. I also in particular about how to wear this
headset--I prefer behind the head. I used my jaws trial and it did
not do the same things that my synthesizer for NVDA did. I have 30
days left still to either get used to it or choose a different set.
I might try and find the same model but using just a regular
plug-in. I think I might look into getting eloquence--I'm hoping the
other version that is not the ad on version works better. Thank you
for taking the time to give me some opinions.


On Mar 3, 2018, at 6:37 AM, Gene <
<>> wrote:

You might do better, and it would be simplir and perhaps cheaper,
to get a simple pair of headphones you plug into the output jack of
a sound card. Just regular headphones that you can use with any
standard output jack. Many times, settings, if they are available
to change bass and trebble are inaccessible in sound card software.
Just getting a cheap pair of headphones might be the best solution.
For convenience, you could get an extension cable with a volume
knob so you can leave the computer volume setting the same.

If you want headphones for serious music listening you could get
good standard headphones or good USB headphones but just for
screen-reader use, just a cheap pair, maybe ten or fifteen U.S.
dollars, might be fine. I haven't listened to really cheap
headphones so you might want to spend a little more. If there is a
store near you where you can buy headphones and it has a good
return policy, that would allow you to return them more conveniently
than by shipping them back somewhere.

----- Original Message -----
*From:* Melissa Jean <>
*Sent:* Saturday, March 03, 2018 5:35 AM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: Adjusting Microsoft voices (was RE: [nvda] Giving up
on CodeFactory voices in NVDA)

Yes, these are USB headphones. I have gone through the sound
setting to see if I can adjust them separately since they are
basically their own sound card, but I have not been able to find
something that would change the amount of base it is putting out.


On Mar 3, 2018, at 12:59 AM, Gene <
<>> wrote:

Are you using USB speakers and a USB headphone as well?

----- Original Message -----
*From:* Melissa Jean <>
*Sent:* Friday, March 02, 2018 9:21 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: Adjusting Microsoft voices (was RE: [nvda] Giving
up on CodeFactory voices in NVDA)

I figured it out. It helped to use the JAWS trial I had to do it.
It picks up more than NVDA does.
However the voices are ... odd. I'm hearing another voice when I'm
typing and don't know what it is. It is a tad laggy when it comes
to my typing.
Oh, well... I will have to figure it out or get a newer headset,
lol.This new one has a lot of bass to it that I can't turn off. It
also clips off the first letter of most lines, words, and button
for some reason when I use the add that shall not be named which
is why I looked into this again.

Thanks for your help, appreciate it.

On 3/2/18, JM Casey <
<>> wrote:
Hey again.

Yes, now that you mention it, I remember that list box where you
have to
select being somewhat too silent with NVDA. I think I had better
luck with
JAWS 18, which I also have on this computer. I think I'll try
playing with
it again and see exactly what happens. This is something that
should certainly be able to do without trouble.

I did not download that .exe file. It seemed like a better idea
just use
the Windows interface to do this. I think the source is
but I'm
not positive, and you'd have to give the program admin rights to
muck about
with your file permissions, so I dunno.

The good news is that Windows actually comes with a take
It's called takeown.exe and I didn't know about it until recently.
The bad
news (possibly) is that it's command line only, so you'll have to
get the
syntax right and everything. You'd have to run in command prompt,
administrator, or in powershell. I took a quick look at the usage
info with
"takeown /?" and, maybe because it's Friday evening and my brain
trying to apply to jobs, but as of now I can't make head nor tail
of it. If
you're familiar with Windows command line applications though,
could be
a no-brainer for you. It's been a long time since I had to tinker
much with
such things.

-----Original Message-----
From: <>
[] On Behalf Of Melissa
Sent: March 2, 2018 5:48 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: Adjusting Microsoft voices (was RE: [nvda] Giving up
on CodeFactory voices in NVDA)

Thanks for that. I got most of it, but I guess I had been missing
when I was trying.
Have you tried using the take ownership exe they suggested? I
that I
wanted to try that because I'm having trouble selecting things
while going
through the properties/security window.

On 3/2/18, JM Casey <
<>> wrote:
Hey Melissa.

Rather than try to duplicate what I did before, I'm just going
to paste this URL for you. If you follow these instructions, I'm
99% sure you will be able to get it to work.

-----Original Message-----
From: <>
[] On Behalf Of
Melissa Jean
Sent: March 2, 2018 2:52 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: Adjusting Microsoft voices (was RE: [nvda] Giving
up on CodeFactory voices in NVDA)

Sorry for being late to reply to this email. I got a new headset
and it doesn't seem to be playing well with the synth I am using
and wanted to use the microsoft voices.... I went to edit the
ini file and of course it did not work. I went into the
properties and I can't seem to find a way to give full access or
write permissions to at least administrator so that I can save the
changes I made to the ini file.
Anyone have an idea as to how or what I should do to edit this

Thanks much
On 2/20/18, JM Casey <
<>> wrote:

I don't mind adjusting an ini file, so long as MS doesn't keep
mucking with it when there's an update. But yes, being able to
put it in one's user data location would certainly be nice. And
I do not know if this can be done at all. Anyone?

-----Original Message-----
From: <>
[] On Behalf Of
Cohn, Jonathan
Sent: February 20, 2018 10:25 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: Adjusting Microsoft voices (was RE: [nvda] Giving
up on CodeFactory voices in NVDA)

Is there perhaps a user specific location to place this ini file?
Certainly in other OS there are both global and user specific
setings files.

Also sure would be nice if there was a settings panel for
adjusting these rather than the ini file.

Best Wishes,

Jonathan Cohn
gs panel for adjusting these rather than the ini file.

Best Wishes,

Jonathan Cohn

´╗┐On 2/19/18, 4:17 PM, "
<> on behalf of JM Casey"
< <> on behalf of <>> wrote:

Hi Melissa.

Yes, you can use notepad to edit the file. It's not enough
to run notepad as administrator, though, assuming you are using
Windows 10 at least. You will have to grant yourself permission
to change the file by taking ownership of it using the
attributes in the properties dialog. To be honest, I don't 100%
understand how ownership rites in Windows 10 function.
I got it to work, but it took quite a bit of experimenting,
which is the reason I was particularly annoyed by Microsoft
changing it back again.
Essentially, you want to grant yourself "full control" of this
particular file, which means you have permission to edit it.

Where exactly the file is depends on what you are
using....whether you are using an older SAPI voice or the newer
Core1 voices? Each voice has its own ini. The file I edited was
at this
And as it's the David voice I've been using, the name is:

The lines you are looking ror are these two:

I do not remember what the original values were at the
moment, but I believe it's in milliseconds or something. I
altered the sentence boundary to 350 and that seems a lot
better to me, though you may prefer less of a pause. Play
around and see what you get and what you like.

If you get stuck with the file attributes thing, there are
resources on the internet that can help you. Someone else on
the list may understand this better than I do. It's one of
those things which I thought I was familiar with, but trying to
edit a Windows ini file showed me that in fact I'm still unclear on
how this totally works.
Still, at least I got it to do what I wanted it to.

-----Original Message-----
From: <>
[] On Behalf
Of Melissa Jean
Sent: February 19, 2018 3:44 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [nvda] Giving up on CodeFactory voices in NVDA

This licensing process is one reason I haven't made this
I'd love to be able to have something easy to work and not to
worry about if it will stop working or not after I made some

I'd be interested in using David--the pauses are what turn
me off from doing so though. I thought I remembered hearing
updating the ini file before, but can't find the email though I
saved it.

What is the file? Where is it found? Where is the line
found to edit this?Can one use notepad to edit the file?
Sorry for the barrage of questions.

Thank you
On 2/19/18, JM Casey <
<>> wrote:
I use David and I'm ok with him. Only thing is, I at
least absolutely

have to adjust the ini file that dictates how long he
pauses between
sentences, or even comma clauses. A two second wait after
a period is

completely intolerable from a speech synthesiser. Still,
at least you can adjust it.
Only, Microsoft, when doing Windows updates, has altered
original setting at least three times now, and I've had
to change it

-----Original Message-----
From: <>
[] On Behalf
Rosemarie Chavarria
Sent: February 19, 2018 12:14 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [nvda] Giving up on CodeFactory voices in NVDA

Hi, David,

Microsoft David's pretty good. I like the Mark voice too.


-----Original Message-----
From: <>
[] On Behalf
James Robinson
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 9:06 AM
To: <>
Cc: <>; <>
Subject: [nvda] Giving up on CodeFactory voices in NVDA


You know, I have had it with this CodeFactory thing of
constantly. I checked out one of the Microsoft voices
NVDA and this voice is not too bad; it is not as clear as
Eloquence or

the Vocalizer Expressive voices, but it is a little
better than the
standard NVDA voice in my opinion. I think CodeFactory
could make
this program permanent with NVDA as it is with other
screen readers.
They end up making the program far too much trouble to
than it is worth. I'll just eat the cost because I don't
expect them

to do anything about the crazy requirements for using the
I'll thkink twice before I purchase such software in the

Can we use any other Microsoft voices that windows
offers? If so, how

do we do it?

James Robinson

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