High Quality TXT-to-WAV for single words? (Peter Marvit )

Subject: High Quality TXT-to-WAV for single words?
From:    Peter Marvit  <marvit(at)RESEARCH.NEU.EDU>
Date:    Tue, 27 Nov 2001 10:38:11 -0500

Dear List, Perhaps a tad off-topic, but... Can anyone point me to an inexpensive (or free!) utility under Windows that will synthesize a high quality voice from single word text, with the ability to save the result in a WAV file (or other format) so that subsequent post-processing (with MATLAB and/or Cooledit) can be done? For an experiment, I would like to use a series of single words that have some additional processing. I'm currently using speech recorded for the purpose, but would dearly like to have a bit more uniformity and control over the stimulus. The Microsoft text-to-speech utility is rather dreadful (i.e., choppy phonemes, noisy vowels, scratchy tonality) and it seems all the shareware on Winfiles.com (now cnet) use this engine. I'd like something better. Many thanks in advance. You can answer on the list, or send me responses that I will later summarize. Cheers, Peter : Peter Marvit, PhD <marvit(at)neu.edu> : : Northeastern University, Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology : : 133 Forsyth Building, Boston, MA 02115-5000 : : phone: 617/373-5198 fax: 617/373-5199 :

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