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Speech Synthesis

How to add the Speech Synthesis robot skill

  1. Load the most recent release of ARC (Get ARC).
  2. Press the Project tab from the top menu bar in ARC.
  3. Press Add Robot Skill from the button ribbon bar in ARC.
  4. Choose the Audio category tab.
  5. Press the Speech Synthesis icon to add the robot skill to your project.

Don't have a robot yet?

Follow the Getting Started Guide to build a robot and use the Speech Synthesis robot skill.


How to use the Speech Synthesis robot skill

This text-to-speech skill will verbally speak the user-defined phrase from your PC's default audio output device or EZ-B. However, an alternate way for your robot to speak programmatically from programming code is to use the SayEZB() or Say() commands in Blockly, JavaScript, or EZ-Script.

Main Window



1. Text Field
This field contains the text you would like spoken; it can be as long as you want.

2. Say (PC Speaker) Button
This will output the text-to-speech through the PC's audio output device.

2. Say (EZ-B v4 Speaker) Button
This will output the text-to-speech through the EZ-B v4's onboard speaker.

Settings

The settings for the Speech Synthesis skill are contained in the Speech Synthesis Settings robot skill. The speech synthesis settings robot skill allows you to adjust the generated speech with various effects and speeds. For 3rd party voices, you can also select and adjust those using that robot skill.



Requirements

Your computer's internal or external sound card is attached to Speakers or an EZ-B I/O Controller.

This robot skill uses the same speech synthesis engine as the Say() script commands (ezscript, javascript, python, blockly, etc). This is the built-in windows speech synthesizer, and therefore the language is determined by the locale and language of the Windows OS.

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PRO
Australia
#1   — Edited

Hi there,

I am in the process of programming a JD robot and was wondering if there are any apps or skill modules that allow the pitch, tone and pace of JD's voice to be tweaked/customised? I thought it would be cool if we could put JD in character and give him a Mickey Mouse, Darth Vader, Homer Simpson or Wall-W style voice for example.

UPDATE: I successfully changed JD's voice type from Windows David to Windows Zira using the Speech Synthesis skill. I am currently looking for a way to add more text-to-speech voices to windows. I found this article (https://www.trishtech.com/2016/12/enable-hidden-text-to-speech-voices-in-windows-10/) which explains that there are hidden text-to-speech voices that can be added to windows (Eva and Mark) but I have not had success adding them yet. Are there any other ways in which we can vary JD's voice using the available skills?

Many thanks,

Kat

PRO
USA
#2   — Edited

Hi Kat,

Using other windows 10 hidden voices:

open ARC  - go to Audio tab, click speech synthesis settings control (speech settings) where your different voices are located.

open in Audio, AudioToolBox plugin control

open a script and add ControlCommand("AudioToolbox Plugin", "ImportUWPVoices")  save and close.

run script, watch all the hidden voices be populated in the speech synthesis settings control. (speech settings)

to hear them, either open speech synthesis control, write something in there - write a short script  EZ script  - say("hello, how are you") or use Blockly or  java add Audio.say("Hello World");

that's it

I was just thinking about it, and tested it - you can open in the audio tab, microphone, (only works when you are connected to the EzB4)

open speech synthesis control, write any thing you want to say there , click record on the mic, hear it back in any voice you pick in the synthesis settings control y (speech settings) our on the EZB4 unit or robot, or export it as a file to the to the SoundBoard v4 (in audio, sound board (ezb) for later use. EzAng

PRO
Belgium
#3  

hi

you can by voices on cepstral and modified them in swiftalker.

PRO
USA
#4  

Yes I know, but there are free hidden voices in windows 10

EzAng

PRO
Belgium
#5  

hi ezang

are there voices like darth fader or mickey mouse on win10 ?

PRO
USA
#6   — Edited

here is a list of them:

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might need a magnifying glass

EzAng

PRO
Belgium
#7  

wow that are many voices.

PRO
USA
#8   — Edited

right, lol

also emphasis, and speed of the voice in the speech settings

try it out EzAng

PRO
USA
#9  

Hi Kat again ,

before it gets lost, here is the info again:

Using other windows 10 hidden voices:

open ARC - go to Audio tab, click speech synthesis settings control (speech settings) where your different voices are located.

open in Audio, AudioToolBox plugin control

open a script and add ControlCommand("AudioToolbox Plugin", "ImportUWPVoices") save and close.

run script, watch all the hidden voices be populated in the speech synthesis settings control. (speech settings)

to hear them, either open speech synthesis control, write something in there - write a short script EZ script - say("hello, how are you") or use Blockly or java add Audio.say("Hello World");

that's it

I was just thinking about it, and tested it - you can open in the audio tab, microphone, (only works when you are connected to the EzB4)

open speech synthesis control, write any thing you want to say there , click record on the mic, hear it back in any voice you pick in the synthesis settings control y (speech settings) our on the EZB4 unit or robot, or export it as a file to the to the SoundBoard v4 (in audio, sound board (ezb) for later use.

EzAng

PRO
Australia
#10   — Edited

When you say open a script and add the control command, do you mean through the AudioToolbox plugin or separately?

PRO
Synthiam
#11  

I think he means separately. That ControlCommand() will instruct the audio toolbox to import the voices. You can have the command run every time the ezb is connected by putting it in the connection control script.

PRO
Belgium
#12  

indeed it works .run the script ones and all voices pop up.

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PRO
USA
#13   — Edited

Good morning,

Quote:

Kat777 - When you say open a script and add the control command, do you mean through the AudioToolbox plugin or separately?
I mean separately.

go to: on the top, project, click on  "add", then scripting, then scripts - add -   ControlCommand("AudioToolbox Plugin", "ImportUWPVoices") save and close, done.

now you have a script, on the script click add - that's it - look at all the voices I have, :-)

run script, watch all the hidden voices be populated in the speech synthesis settings control. (speech settings)

to hear them, either open speech synthesis control, write something in there or  write a short script EZ script - say("hello, how are you") or use Blockly or java add Audio.say("Hello World");

look to the "right" of my screen:

User-inserted image

EzAng