Let Your Kindle Read To You With Text-to-Speech

The one package deal for TTS I found was Rtts. It doesn’t seem very complete but it does the job of changing best text to speech (https://admitro.com) to speech. The one API that works proper now is **ITRI (http://tts.itri.org.tw)**. And it solely helps English and Chinese.

Let’s try it out!

Here, I’ll be using a quote from DOUGLAS ADAMS’ THE HITCHHIKER’S Guide TO THE GALAXY:

The main TTS perform is tts_ITRI() and I’m going to loop over the completely different voice choices.

I uploaded the outcomes to Soundcloud for you to listen to: – audio-tts-bruce – audio-tts-theresa – audio-tts-angela – audio-tts-mchen-bruce – audio-tts-mchen-joddess – audio-tts-eng-bob – audio-tts-eng-alice – audio-tts-eng-tracy

crowdAs you possibly can hear, it sounds fairly wonky. There are numerous better alternate options out there, however most of them aren’t free and/or can’t be used (as easily) from R. Noam Ross tried IBM Watson’s TTS API on this submit, which can be a very good answer. Or you would entry the Google Cloud API from within R.

Probably the most handy answer for me was to make use of eSpeak from the command line. The output sounds relatively good, it is free and offers many languages and voices with a number of parameters to tweak.