eSpeak – Free Software that Converts Text to Speech

eSpeak is a free text to speech software and as its name suggests it converts any text and allows you to listen to the text saving your quality time and efforts. It’s a open source speech synthesizer software for Linux and windows. You can now sit back comfortably and relax and listen to any text you want to hear. You can listen to your blogs or any web mail page or almost anything and you won’t need to strain your eyes reading it on your own.

eSpeak is available as:

  • A command line program (Linux and Windows) to speak text from a file or from stdin.
  • A shared library version for use by other programs. (On Windows this is a DLL).
  • A SAPI5 version for Windows, so it can be used with screen-readers and other programs that support the Windows SAPI5 interface.
  • eSpeak has been ported to other platforms, including Solaris and Mac OSX.

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  • Includes different Voices, whose characteristics can be altered.
  • Can produce speech output as a WAV file.
  • Compact size. The program and its data, including many languages, totals about 1.4 Mbytes.
  • eSpeak converts text to phonemes with pitch and length information.
  • Can translate text into phoneme codes, so it could be adapted as a front end for another speech synthesis engine.
  • Potential for other languages. Several are included in varying stages of progress. Help from native speakers for these or other languages are welcome.
  • [advt]Development tools are available for producing and tuning phoneme data.
  • Written in C.
  • You can choose from different voices
  • Speech output as WAV file can be produced
  • It supports HTML and SSML
  • You can produce the phoneme data through various tools available
  • It uses a GUI program

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