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Re: [Emacspeak] Experimenting with multiple voices for mac/windows


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  • From: Bill Dengler <codeofdusk AT gmail.com>
  • To: Robert Melton <lists AT robertmelton.com>
  • Cc: Emacspeaks <emacspeak AT emacspeak.net>
  • Subject: Re: [Emacspeak] Experimenting with multiple voices for mac/windows
  • Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2024 14:38:40 -0700

Why do you say that Windows has no pitch support? You should be able to send
pitch offset in SSML.

Bill
Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 14, 2024, at 11:10, Robert Melton <emacspeak AT emacspeak.net> wrote:
>
> ´╗┐Windows natively has no voice manipulation at all, not even pitch.
>
> Mac gives you a pitch multiplier that clamps between .5 and 2.0,
> multiplied by 0.5 being the low pitch, 2.0 being maximal high pitch.
>
> But, what both these platforms have is a decent number of voices
> included by default that share rate and don't sound too jarring
> when used together, ogg demo below.
>
> With this in mind, I have started experimenting with multiple voices
> together. To hear reading a single line of code with three voices,
> here is an ogg: https://robertmelton.com/output_trimmed.ogg
>
> it is reading the following line:
>
> /* this is a comment */ this would be some code, and "here is a string in
> the code" and more code after the string /* and end with comment */
>
> I am considering if the best experience for Windows and Mac would be
> mapping Aural CSS ranges to specific voices. This wouldn't be as
> comprehensive obviously, but it might be better than nothing.
>
> Oh, and I did try using a different voice on the notification server
> versus the main server, works well too.
>
> And even if implemented, you could choose the same voice for all maps
> so users like Pawel wouldn't be jarred by the different voices.
>
> --
> Robert "robertmeta" Melton
> lists AT robertmelton.com
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