- Platform: NeXT Computers
- Description: The TextToSpeech Kit does unrestricted
conversion of English text to synthesized speech in real-time. The user
has control over speaking rate, median pitch, stereo balance, volume,
and intonation type. Text of any length can be spoken, and messages can
be queued up, from multiple applications if desired. Real-time controls
such as pause, continue, and erase are included. Pronunciations are
derived primarily by dictionary look-up. The Main Dictionary has
nearly 100,000 hand-edited pronunciations which can be supplemented or
overridden with the User and Application dictionaries. A number parser
handles numbers in any form. A letter-to-sound knowledge base provides
pronunciations for words not in the Main or customized dictionaries.
Dictionary search order is under user control. Special modes of text
input are available for spelling and emphasis of words or phrases. The
actual conversion of text to speech is done by the TextToSpeech Server.
The Server runs as an independent task in the background, and can
handle up to 50 client connections.
- Misc: The TextToSpeech Kit comes in two packages: the
Developer Kit and the User Kit. The Developer Kit enables developers to
build and test applications which incorporate text-to-speech. It
includes the TextToSpeech Server, the TextToSpeech Object, the
pronunciation editor PrEditor, several example applications, phonetic
fonts, example source code, and developer documentation. The User Kit
provides support for applications which incorporate text-to-speech. It
is a subset of the Developer Kit.
- Hardware: Uses standard NeXT Computer hardware.
- TextToSpeech User Kit: $175 CDN ($145 US)
- TextToSpeech Developer Kit: $350 CDN ($290 US)
- Upgrade from User to Developer Kit: $175 CDN ($145 US)
- Availability: Trillium Sound Research
1500, 112 - 4th Ave. S.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2P 0H3
Tel: (403) 284-9278 Fax: (403) 282-6778
Order Desk: 1-800-L-ORATOR (US and Canada only)
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