By human sounding, I mean the actual voice itself. Different people
may have different definitions. I consider things like inflection
and pause length to be characteristics of speech, not of the sound
of the voice.
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If the very long pauses don't occur in Narrator, then my main
objection is removed if the pauses aren't too long. Regardless, I
think that inflection and pause length should be adjustable by the
Different people prefer different voices but I think that such
characteristics should be adjustable in part because people have
I'm pleased that the long pauses don't exist in Narrator.
Narrator in Windows 10 doesn't let you adjust inflection. I hope it
does in Windows 11. I would want less inflection in the natural
Perhaps others may comment about whether, ignoring the long pauses
in Edge read aloud, you get a good idea of the sound and inflection
of the voices when listening in Edge.
On 9/22/2022 10:47 PM, David Goldfield
When using these voices in Narrator you
definitely don’t have unnatural pauses at the end of each
sentence. I understand your point of view in that we’ve had
many human sounding voices for quite some time but, to me,
human sounding doesn’t always mean that they sound natural.
Some of the Nuance voices, while they sound human, have a
quality about them that sounds unnatural and electronic and
that odd nonhuman aspect isn’t as noticeable with these new
voices. Then again, that’s just my perception and as I’m sure
you’d agree a voice that may sound fabulous to my ear might
sound jarring or problematic to yours.
The person doing the video keeps repeating
how natural the voices sound, as though a natural sounding
voice in and of itself is an extraordinary achievement. We've
had natural sounding voices for a long time. Having natural
sounding voices is common these days. Its other
characteristics of a lot of these voices that cause me to
If the behavior of the voices using Edge is what you get when
using them in Windows 11, they currently have characteristics
that would lead me to not use the voices.
By far the most important one is the ridiculously long pauses
at the ends of sentences.
If this occurs in Narrator and not just in Edge, those long,
long pauses are maddening to the point where I wouldn't
consider using the voices as long as the pauses can't be
adjusted by the user and greatly shortened.
Also, inflection is too high and there is a slight sing-songy
quality to the inflection.
The voices may be quite good if these defects are eliminated.
Do these problems exist when using the voices with Narrator?
Those interested in using these voices, if these problems
exist when using Narrator, and if you object to them, may wish
to contact Microsoft about them.
On 9/22/2022 10:12 PM, Gene via groups.io
This youtube video let's you hear at
least a little of the voices, I didn't listen to all of it
so I don't know if more samples are provided later. But the
really important thing is that it tells you how to hear them
on any system using Edge.
You can have material more than just a short sample spoken.
On 9/22/2022 8:30 PM, Şenolcan HANCI
Hello friends. As you know with
Windows 11 22h2 new natural voices are available,
although for english USA for now. İ have a question. To
see these voices in NVDA, does Microsoft or NVDA
developers should take a step and can we do something
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