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Hi everyone.

A bit of background.

I am currently waiting for my EZ Robot order to arrive which should hopefully be here in a couple of weeks time, so in the mean time I have been browsing around EZ Builder software and had a quick play around with the speech synthesis settings and having it speak via my Pandorabot which is currently being trained. Everything worked fine but had a slight issue with the actual voice, that being the fact I am using Windows 7 64 bit which means I only have "Microsoft Anna's" voice and nothing else. A slight issue as 1.) I really don't like that voice much, and 2.) my robot, K-9, is going to be male.

Long story short, after going to the end of the internet and back trying to find how I could add more voices that would work with Windows 7 narrator, I came across a thread on, guess where, EZ Robots.com *eyeroll* (should have looked here first lol) talking about speech synthesis for Windows 7 narrator, and there, was a suggestion for some really good voices which was from Cepstral.com (see links below). I popped there and tried out some demo voices and found one I really liked which worked great with EZ Builder. The full voice version (about $35 / £20) also comes with robotic voice effects which apparently work with EZ Builder and the EZ-B aswell which is great, so problem solved. Well not quite and this is where I need the help. *confused*

My question.

Ultimately, K-9 will be controlled via my iPhone and maybe also a tablet PC, as it will be a lot more convenient than carrying my laptop around, and he will not have an onboard PC, only the EZ-B4, so no problems there, except for the voice which, if I do purchase the full Cepstral voice, it can only be stored and used on my laptop. So does anyone know, how will I be able to get K-9 to talk, hold conversations, run scripts ect using my Pandorabot via the EZ-B4 with a really good sounding male voice? I'm guessing Cepstral will be out of the question which will be a real shame as I don't think there is an iPhone version, unless there is a way to use it that I have not thought of.

Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions would really be appreciated guys.

Cheers,

Steve.


Windows 7 Narrator voice



Cepstral.com
Steve G
Commented July 2014
I do have one final question on this subject to wrap this up, for anyone with experience with voice synthesis and iOS.

Is there a voice synthesis website where I can download a good sounding voice that works with Windows narrator which also has an iOS mobile app, where I could use the same sounding voice with both Windows and with an iPhone? That would help me a bit for now as I could hold conversations using my iPhone and use the Windows laptop version with movement script ect with the EZ-B and have the same sounding voice throughout.

Steve.
Robot Doc
Commented July 2014
Here's a Link URL To a voice synthesis program with over 20 voices that may be just what you're looking for. I purchased it for $30 but you can download it and use it free during a 30 day trial.
Steve G
Commented July 2014
Thanks for that Doc. Not quite was what I had in mind, but pretty close though.

Steve.
Rich
Commented July 2014
I've not come across one however I believe Cereproc may do voices for all OS. I know they will create custom voices for different OS but guessing to do that, especially for multiple OS it wouldn't exactly be cheap.
Steve G
Commented July 2014
After some searching, I don't think there is a cross platform one for windows and iOS. Not to bothered as it was just a thought I had. I purchased a Cepstral voice for windows and after following some instructions posted by
rgordon I managed to keep the robotic sound effects to play through EZ builder.

Now pandorabot will use this voice and effect for conversation, and I will record some audio files using this voice (or some original K-9 voice samples as DJ suggested) for EZ builder scripting for certain functions. When I come to get a Windows tablet I guess it will mean purchasing another voice activation key for the other device (unless I can share it between 2 Windows devices) but for the sake of £20 it will be worth it for the convenience.

I think I started to over think things in regards to speech when there was actually a relatively simple solution to it. *eyeroll*

Steve.
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Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014