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Dean Reedy
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I would like to know if there is any way I could get java speech api to use my own voice when it converts text to speech. Any ideas would be great.
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HS Thomas
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Well , I guess you'll have to get speech recognition software to learn your speech nuances from you.
Load up the Encyclopaedia Brittannica , and get the software to repeat after you until you are happy with the results. With the quality of software currently available you'll be pleasantly occupied for a few years.
Just an idea
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[ May 01, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
 
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All seriousness aside, you will need to take your recorded speech in some audio format and cut it up to build a set of phonemes. Then you can combine the phonemes in various ways to make words as required.
I did a little playing around with speech clips when writing my book on servlets - in that case it was spoken numbers. The best utility I found for playing with recorded speech is called Goldwave. Presumably the Java Media API will help you here.
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Really interesting, William.I was actually half serious given my experiences with a earlier version of ViaVoice. My simple but lengthy dictation had pauses and sighs translated into a tale of strange beings with mothy beards weaved into the text. Made a good effort to be quite cognitive. Also made hilarious reading if you are ever stuck for a story to write.
But I take your point. My idea does require some audio recording capability.
What is a phoneme?
For a given word is there a fixed number of phonemes or does it depend on the speaker?
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HS Thomas
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Dean,
Don't know if this helps.
Here's a link to a description of phonemes.
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[ May 04, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
 
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