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Windows 7: Additional voices for text to speech?

17 Jan 2010   #1
Shockone

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Additional voices for text to speech?

I'm looking for additional voices for the Text to Speech engine and how to install them. I tried searching but I was unable to find anything that would apply to Windows 7.

To clarify, you go into control panel, Speech Recognition, and then open the Text to Speech menu. Under Voice Selection there's a dropdown menu with only one option, Microsoft Anna. XP had Microsoft Sam (who I liked better) and was able to load in third party voices. But I cannot figure out how to download or install any other voices into Windows 7. Has anyone done this before and able to help?

Edit for clarification: My reason for this is for use with the Ventrilo chat client, which uses the Windows TTS engine so it can only use voices that are installed on the computer. I don't much care for the default Microsoft Anna, and more choices are always better, so I'm looking how to install additional voices, especially Microsoft Sam.


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17 Jan 2010   #2
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

hmmm i've never looked at this, i'll check on that and post any findings here
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17 Jan 2010   #3
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

from what i read these are compatible with windows 7 tts Free Text To Speech (TTS) - YAKiToMe!
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17 Jan 2010   #4
Shockone

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the quick response, but that's not quite what I need. I should have mentioned in my original post that this is mainly for use with Ventrilo, which uses Window's TTS engine. So it can only use voices that are installed on the computer.
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17 Jan 2010   #5
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

oooo well i'll check on that shortly and post my findings, im on another scavenger hunt atm.
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17 Jan 2010   #6
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

im sorry but from what im finding oone has figured out how to add new voices yet, hang in there it's only a matter of time before someone does this and we have a tutorial available.
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17 Jan 2010   #7
Shockone

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by valtonray View Post
im sorry but from what im finding oone has figured out how to add new voices yet, hang in there it's only a matter of time before someone does this and we have a tutorial available.
Curses, I was hoping that I was missing something obvious. Well, I guess I'll just have to learn to live with Microsoft Anna for a while. Thanks for looking.
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17 Jan 2010   #8
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

no problem i no you had to look pretty hard because i ran across other posts from various sites from you.
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17 Jan 2010   #9
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

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23 Nov 2010   #10
CrossWind

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Am searching for info as well

I am also hoping to find an alternate voice to Ana. I am hearing impaired, my challenge is the higher voice ranges. I adjusted Ana to the lowest setting possible, and slowed her down, but am still having challenges hearing her. What I need is a baritone or bass voice, even a tenor voice is a challenge to hear. I am also having issues with 'double reading' ~ it's as if she's reading every sentence twice, on top of each other -but not simultaneously, a sort of echo.

I went to the link posted above, but it was an article that was above my head.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Sushi
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