Re: DEC-TALK Express Service


Aidan <aidan.smarttalk@...>
 

Wel, there are good advantages to use the hardware units, I love
dubble talk and I'm so glad they stil make it. I want to get one. Its
good to take off the memory from your pc and let the synth do it, no
wunder that jaws sometimes keep quiet when it or windows freezes. At
least a hardware unit can stil speak then sometimes. I would love to
here from people who stil use or own one of the older units such as
the Apollo aksent and such. Great stuff and stil valuable.

On 15/04/2014, Bob Moore <ka5eta@swbell.net> wrote:
Boy I wish I could. I have two and can't use them. I have tried the dusb
to ceal adaptors and just can't get them to work with windows 7 and Jaws.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces@lists.the-jdh.com] On Behalf Of Cy Selfridge
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:51 AM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
Subject: RE: DEC-TALK Express Service

Oh, lets go back to DecTalk!
Cy

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces+cyselfridge=comcast.net@lists.the-jdh.com] On
Behalf Of Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:57 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: RE: DEC-TALK Express Service

I remember being surprised when Eloquence was chosen as the internal
synthesizer in 1998. HJ had been featuring DecTalk in its training tapes,
just prior to that time.

Ted

Ted

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces+ted.lisle=ky.gov@lists.the-jdh.com] On Behalf
Of Dave "Farfar" Carlson
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:17 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: DEC-TALK Express Service

Adrian,

Agree -- and that's why I've kept one connected to my studio computer all
these years.

Dave Carlson
Soon-to-be Oregonian, retired, full-time Farfar, musician, and woodworker

----- Original Message -----
From: "Adrian Spratt" <Adrian@AdrianSpratt.com>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@lists.the-jdh.com>
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 3:20 PM
Subject: RE: DEC-TALK Express Service


John,

There's more than one Dectalk. There's a USB version that I believe is
still
on the market. I have it, and find it inadequate. There's also a software
version that may or may not be supported still by JAWS -I recall posts on
this subject, but not the outcome.

Dectalk Express is a hardware synthesizer that doesn't rely on a PC sound
card. I find it clearer in articulation than any other synthesizer I've
heard, and it has at least as much responsiveness to commands as Eloquence.

The drawback is that it hasn't been developed in at least two decades,
having lost support when its creator, digital Equipment, was bought out. I
believe the purchaser was Compaq, which itself has since been sucked into
Hewlett-Packard. Dectalk doesn't handle foreign languages, and with Win7 I
find it doesn't read foreign symbols in many contexts, such as online
documents.

Anyone accustomed to Eloquence is probably best served by that synthesizer
because it had later-stage development, although I'm one who still finds
its
robot quality distracting. But I wish Dectalk Express hadn't been abandoned
or that the well-intentioned USB developer had succeeded in capturing its
responsiveness

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces@lists.the-jdh.com] On Behalf Of john.falter
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 4:45 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: DEC-TALK Express Service

Given the various speech synthesizers available today, what is the
advantage
of dec-talk?
On 4/14/2014 10:57 AM, Dave Durber wrote:
Does anyone on the list, know of an individual or company, who
services DEC-TALK Express synthesizers. I found two of them in a
cupboard the other day and, before sending them to be recycled, I
would first like to find out if they can be repaired.

If anyone can help with this enquiry, Thank you in anticipation.

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