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APX/XTS voice announcement

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APX/XTS voice announcement

Postby asmitty0010 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:17 pm

anybody recommend a good text to speech tool that will allow me to export in a .wav file into the CPS? Apparently there used to be a good one using a website from at&t but the url is no longer active.

Thanks for any help.

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Re: APX/XTS voice announcement

Postby triptolemus » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:48 pm

The ATT Natural Voices thing was sold to Wizzard Speech a number of years ago.

You can purchase the SDK, or you can create samples on the webpage and capture them on your PC with Audacity or something similar, then export them in the required format and resolution for import into CPS.

http://www.wizzardsoftware.com/text-to-speech-sdk.php

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Re: APX/XTS voice announcement

Postby crazyboy » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:56 pm

I use http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/, and then batch edit the voice files via goldwave to what the CPS voice announcement utility likes.

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Re: APX/XTS voice announcement

Postby motorola_otaku » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:26 pm

triptolemus wrote:The ATT Natural Voices thing was sold to Wizzard Speech a number of years ago.

You can purchase the SDK, or you can create samples on the webpage and capture them on your PC with Audacity or something similar, then export them in the required format and resolution for import into CPS.

http://www.wizzardsoftware.com/text-to-speech-sdk.php

If you have Chrome or Firefox there is a trick you can use under the Inspect Element tab to capture the raw WAV files.

-Left-click over the page and select Inspect (Element.)
-Click on the Network tab.
-Hit F5 or reload the page.
-Select your voice at 8k, enter your text, and click Submit.
-The .wav file link will appear at the bottom of the Network tab window as a long file name starting with 1.ag, and will repeat until you click "Play." Left-click over the link and select "Open in new tab."
-The file should pop up in a new browser tab with an audio player or a "Save as..." dialog, depending on how your browser is configured. If an audio player appears just left-click and select "Save as."
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Re: APX/XTS voice announcement

Postby triptolemus » Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:49 pm

That's an awesome trick, thanks. I may have to fix my VAs now since that trick takes away much of the pain.

Thanks!

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Re: APX/XTS voice announcement

Postby com501 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:20 pm

Should be a sticky!!

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Re: APX/XTS voice announcement

Postby motorola_otaku » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:31 am

Word to the wise: selecting 8k on the Wizzard Speech page results in a slightly quieter audio file than selecting 16k and resampling to 8k in Audacity. I learned that the hard way when I updated some templates at work with new channels, and had to figure out why the voice announcements were going up and down in volume while spinning the channel knob around.
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