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Re: [SPAM] Emacspeak, OS X - good work

Hi Tim,

Thanks for the kind words.

As for playing around, I would recommend checking out the py sox support. I explicitly exclude that particular code path for systems that don't have it installed since it can be tricky to get the underlying python module working, but once installed, the server should just pick it up.

In the selftest, I demonstrate a few of the things I felt would make the listening experience really shine. It's pretty easy to go overboard here, but some of the demos shown (like panning, echo, reverb, flanger, phaser, etc) could be used to give a subtle effect for very specific aural mappings.

As for multiple voices, the best way to play around with that at least to start with is with ChromeVox or VoiceOver since they both offer a simple way to try on a large set of UI's without doing much fiddling. Just make a change in either of their options/settings pages.

- David

On Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM, Bart Bunting <bart@bunting.net.au> wrote:
Hi Tim,

Thanks also for the kind words.

I would be interested to hear your experiences with the mac speech

I know there are still a few rough edges and bits especially with
voicification values that can be tweaked.

There is quite a limited set of options available with the mac voices
with regards to speech parameters  that we can use.  Limited to volume,
pitch and intonation which doesn't do much.

The newer mac voices have even less nobs to twist.

David and I have experimented with sox support to use that as a way of
post processing sound to try and add more variation in speech.  It can
be fiddly to get installed and working on mac though.

I am currently not really using that option but might be interested in
trying to get it working better again.

The other thing I have done wich I find helpful is to install many of
the optional mac voices and then customize emacspeak to use them for
certain things e.g. dired etc.

This is a personal thing though and it depends on which voices you have
installed and which ones you like.

Anyway sorry for the ramble, just thought some background info may have
been helpful.

Kind regards


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