I can definitely see how people who are used to using Eloquence or something like DoubleTalk at fairly high rates will not like Tom, Samantha or other human sounding voices. I am the same way, I have been using Eloquence for over 20 years and the human sounding voices just don't sound good when you run them very fast. Then it's like one of these ads where some guy at the end reads a bunch of restrictions very fast and in a monotone sort of voice and it just sounds weird. I think Eloquence to me is simply the gold standard when it comes to synthetic voices, you can run it fast and I find it much clearer and easier to listen to then something like DoubleTalk or eSpeak. I should mention that I started using computers during a time when it was all hardware synthesizers, I never had DecTalk or DoubleTalk but started out in 1989 with Jaws and the "Accent" synthesizer.
Below is a demo I found of Accent, I hadn't heard that thing in decades, but it instantly sounded familiar:
Accent synthesizer speech demo
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Yes. You can get used to a different synthesizer, if it fixes your problem . The vocalizer Tom voice is quite responsive on my 5-year-old core i5 system.
On 5/2/2019 08:23, Rick Mladek wrote:
> Move to the modern age? Ditch the Triple talk?
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> Modern systems aren't going to be strained by a speech synthesizer,
> most cpu's are idling a lot of the time anyway. I suspect the issue
> is that some webpages are putting out text strings that look similar
> to tripple talk commands. Might be time to move to the more modern age.
> On 5/2/2019 07:44, Rick Mladek wrote:
>> I am shy of software synthesizers as offered with Jaws. The triple
>> talk, being a peripheral, so to speak, is less strain on the system
>> in regards to resources. This is a triple talk issue and both sides
>> blame the
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>> John Covici
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>> Does this speaking these strange characters happen with other
>> synthesizers or just the tripple talk? I have had some websites
>> where the tripple talk does not work, but other synths do work.
>> On Thu, 02 May 2019 06:42:41 -0400,
>> Rick Mladek wrote:
>>> Hi All,
>>> To begin, I thank you all for helping Zel and me with the
>>> sluggishness of
>> Jaws due to not disabling the graphics accelerator option. This did
>> show a great amount of improvement but I still notice some
>> sluggishness, but not as bad, in MS Xcell.
>>> Now, let?s work on a couple more issues I have with Jaws.
>>> First, I could be going down through a website one line at a time
>> Jaws begins to read some sort of java script. It just continues to
>> read so many characters of all kinds. Including letters, numbers and
>> symbols as punctuation marks etc. It is reading at a very high speed,
>> as well and it is difficult to hear all characters read aloud.
>>> There is no way to stop this and I either have to do a hard shut
>> since the pc now becomes frozen while Jaws goes crazy or I turn off
>> my external synthesizer and jaws and then go through a process of
>> turning all back on in a special sequence.
>>> I use: Windows 10, Jaws 2019 latest update and a triple-talk USB
>> synthesizer. My pc has 8 GB of ram and has plenty of amount when I
>> put a test on the system with many programs open and functioning
>>> Is there a setting or a hopeful fix to prevent this from happening?
>> is very difficult when I am going over code received from colleagues
>> and my pc goes senile on me.
>>> Next, when I hit F7 to do a spell check, Jaws practically goes to
>>> sleep. I
>> hit escape or tab over to the original outlook message and copy paste
>> into a Microsoft Word document to do the spell/grammar check.
>>> Any thoughts on this baffling issue?
>>> I hope to hear of all your thoughts regarding these problems addressed.
>>> Thanks to all,
>> Your life is like a penny. You're going to lose it. The question is:
>> How do
>> you spend it?
>> John Covici wb2una