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    Default Text to speech: indian accent

    Well.. there are many text-to-speech softwares out there which can convert text to speech and save it in wav or mp3 format.

    1) Which among the FREEWARES is the best?
    2) Since all the voice are American, is there any Indian accent that can be used to generate Indian voice?
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    As long as it use Microsoft speech engine, all are same. AT&T Labs Speech engine is the best (almost natural) and it has indian accent too. But its not free. You can try online demo to convert text to wav: http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    ^^ any other brand of s/w available ?? i knw abt dragon, but they all hv US,UK accents...

    or else, how can i make the PC learn step-by-step.. I guess that will take ages.. considering thefact that i'll hv to speel each and every work in my accent..

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    edit: hey i was impressed by the demo (in US accent)..
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    Dragon and others are Speech-to-text. And this is Text-to-Speech. Microsoft speech engine is used in most T2S softwares. So, quality is same. AT&T is the best natural sounding AFAIK. For Speech-to-text, Dragon is the best. Not very productive IMO.
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    I have a question - why would anyone want to hear an indian accent? I mean, US and UK accents are far more natural than indian.
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    ^^ Y not Indian accent, hum bhi kisi se kum nahi!
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    ^^ Translate, please...
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    Opinions differ. Not every Indian is comfortable with the western accent. When the target audience is Indian, why present them with a western accent? What do we prove by doing that?

    Please leave this discussion aside...and let me know if you are aware of any such Indian speech engines.
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    Quote Originally Posted by dheeraj_kumar View Post
    ^^ Translate, please...
    aau? U english eh?
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    ^^ Translate, please...
    lol.. good one

    btw, yup after hearing the AT&T's Hindi accent, sum words (like, Anjali, the speech AI herself cannot pronounce the name properly) also, the US accent was really simple adn smooth..

    yup, i do understand ppl hv different tastes, but was really impressed by the clarity..
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    aau? U english eh?
    No, I'm Telugu/Tamil/English

    Actually, I can also speak a meaningless linguistically-challenged Japanese, but my friends call it grumbling.
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    ^^

    Well zulu for me here.. (but yes, none of my family or friends or jus anyone can understand it)..lol.. joking
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    @OP

    Try this: Nuance Realspeak

    http://www.nuance.com/realspeak/

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    I tried the AT&T engine mentioned above with Anjali (IN English). It's funny
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    ^^ yeah i knw, infact the US version is really clear...and understandable... Anjali messes up with the pronounciation of certain words..
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    I tried a few abuses :-P
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    try this.......

    Sangeeta Indian Accent English 22khz Voice Sample

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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    I tried a few abuses
    lol.. wtf...btw, did they sound right ???
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    @Sridhar, if you are planning to have lots of desi names/words, these engines pronounce it funny. My name for example You'll have to bend your jaws in unnatural angles to speak like that lol
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    if for opposite speech to text then

    the best
    dragon naturally speaking ....any one above 9.0

    in that they have "indian accent" itself...for normal user it is 90% accurate..if you are somebody who work in call center and all...you will forget trying....

    i am not sales person of that ...but just a recommendation...was very nice that some software do care about indian consumers as well....
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    @Sridhar, If you are looking for some professional work, I can lend my voice for some remuneration. I've got a pretty good voice, and can do the indian accent, plus a semi-american accent.
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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    all text to speech engines sound the same. They don't sound natural. they sound as if from robots. Even AT& T also don't sound good. Just as a fancy one can listen, that is all.

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    Default Re: Text to speech: indian accent

    Quote Originally Posted by ashu888ashu888 View Post
    lol.. wtf...btw, did they sound right ???
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    ^^

    thanx for the update
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