Re: Why Windows OneCore voices Over eSpeak NG

Quentin Christensen

In 2019.1 we've reduced that pause between sentences with OneCore voices.  If that was your main issue, try OneCore voices again and see what you think of the change (do let us know).  Otherwise for the OP, as others have said, if you change your synth to eSpeak NG or any other, then:
1. Set your synth to eSpeak (or whatever you want) and make any other changes.
2. Press NVDA+control+c to save your settings
3. Open NVDA's general settings: NVDA+control+g
4. Tab to "Use Currently saved settings on Windows logon and other secure screens"
5. Press ENTER, then accept the warnings and notifications about copying settings etc.

We made the change in NVDA 2018.2 as a lot of new users found eSpeak NG very robotic and we felt that OneCore voices were at a point where they were quite useable for new users.  For users who preferred eSpeak NG, we still bundle it with NVDA and it is relatively easy to change to it (note that if you are upgrading from an earlier version of NVDA, you will keep your existing settings - the change to the default only affects new installations).

Kind regards


On Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 8:00 AM JM Casey <jmcasey@...> wrote:

The problem I found with the 1core voices was that there was always a really long pause between sentences, and a shorter but still annoying pause after commas. I was able to get rid of this by editing an .ini file within windows, but most times when there was a windows update, the setting went back to its default. Very irritating.


Someone suggested setting the rate within windows to its maximum, and setting the rate within NVDA to normal listening speed. This did seem to help the problem, although I can’t really say why. Now every time I turn on narrator, it’s incomprehensibly fast. :D



From: <> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: March 28, 2019 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Why Windows OneCore voices Over eSpeak NG


There is a procedure to speed up the One Core Voices.  I don't know it, I don't have Windows 10 and I'd probably far rather use Eloquence or Via Voice if I did, but I've seen the procedure written about before. 


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From: [] On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: March-28-19 11:42 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Why Windows OneCore voices Over eSpeak NG


On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 01:33 PM, Monte Single wrote:

Why do some people say the one core voices are slow? Can the speech rate be increased?

Because some people have their speech rates set up to speeds that are incomprehensible to your random listener, but perfectly comprehensible to them, and certain synthesizers do "ultra fast" better than others.   I have yet to see anyone who uses One Core (or other, for that matter) voices at something within normal limits for typical human speech rates say they're either slow or laggy.   If one wants to use ultra fast speech rates, then it narrows one's choice of synthesizers (and, probably, even voices for that synth).

Yes, speech rate can be varied for One Core voices.

Brian - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1809, Build 17763  

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