Re: DECtalk Add-on for NVDA
It appears it is no longer being sold. You canstill use system access to go but I don’t know if you can buy voices for it and it doesn’t include Dectalk as a freely available voice.
They used to not want you to use System Access to Go unless you were unable to use your own screen-reader but these days, since they aren’t in the screen-reader business, they may not care.
From: Pamela Dominguez
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] DECtalk Add-on for NVDA
I had a trial of System Access, and I discovered it had dectalk access 32 in it. It actually sounded better than the one in Window eyes. But my trial ran out, and I heard they were no longer selling it. Otherwise, I would have paid to reinstate it again. Does this mean I still can, and how? Pam.
However, Eloquence is easier to understand at fast speech rates. I don’t have to stop and go back to check a word I didn’t understand hardly ever at a high rate, about 350 or 400 words per minute. With Dectalk, I have to check more often. Eloquence pronounces more words correctly without a speech dictionary. And, while Eloquence doesn’t have as pleasant sounding a voice, the voice sounds better as you increase reading spdeed. So each synthesizer has advantages and disadvantages. For listening to reading at a slower speed, for reading something like a novel in a more relaxed manner, I prefer DecTalk. For fast reading, I prefer Eloquence.
I don’t know if you can still by DecTalk to use with System Access to go. System Access To Go is still around but I don’t know if you can still buy synthesizers to use with it.
Yes, so do I. Much much more! For one thing, eloquence doesn’t know how to pitch its voice. If you have a long sentence without commas or other punctuation, it will wind down, as if it has a dead battery. Then, when it encounters the next mark, it sort of takes a breath, and the voice goes back up to the top. That is only one thing I don’t like about eloquence. Pam.
David Grossgan used to have a website that have the Dectalk add-ons include Access 32. But, that add-on was out of support eversince NVDA 2019.3. Personally, I like Dectalk more than EloquencePersonal preference