Friday, February 23, 2007

Making your own TTS Voice

I'll be geting more info on this, but shows some interesting promise.

Build Your Own Talking Voice With VoiceForge(TM) by Cepstral
Self-Directed Voice-Banking Tools for Creating Synthetic TTS Voices

Distribution Source : Market Wire

Date : Tuesday, February 20, 2007

PITTSBURGH, PA -- (Market Wire - Feb 20, 2007) -- Cepstral LLC announced the release of VoiceForge(TM), a web 2.0 product that can turn a set of recorded audio prompts into a Text-to-Speech (TTS) voice capable of saying anything. With VoiceForge(TM), companies or actors can capture or "bank" their voices on their own. Once a voice is synthetically forged, it can be used to speak dynamic information for Entertainment, Telephony, Navigation, Education, or Reminder applications.

VoiceForge(TM) is a novel suite of web tools that gives clients the ability to create their own voices rapidly and inexpensively by themselves. Furthermore, the client retains all intellectual property rights to his/her voice creations. The final voice database is a plug-in that synthesizes using Cepstral's core engine. Cepstral's core engine runs on all platforms from the smallest cell phone devices to large distributed systems as well as PC, Mac, and Linux desktops offering unparalleled flexibility with respect to distribution once a voice is finished.

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"As an industry, we make voices that are safe, but not necessarily exciting," said Cepstral CEO Craig Campbell. "With VoiceForge(TM), clients can now create unique high-quality TTS voices that keep pace with consumer and business demand for branded, celebrity, ethnic, and even cartoon personalities. To cite but one example of the need to improve voice diversity, there are currently no African American TTS voices available," added Mr. Campbell.

VoiceForge(TM) may help spur a new layer of speech services as companies take on voice building to serve the specific needs of their vertical markets. In the 1990s, Cepstral's founders released an open source TTS engine, Festival. Today, Cepstral's tools are proprietary, but there exists an ecosystem of "master voice builders" who have toiled under the complex old tools and welcome newer-better-faster ones. One such partner is Silex Creations who uses VoiceForge(TM) to offer professional voice creation in conjunction with their audio and voice manipulation technology. "The VoiceForge system has been fast and intuitive. Within days we can hear voices. We are now in a position where we can commercially apply our experience and help clients bring truly exciting speech products to market," said François Lanctôt, president of Silex Creations.

VoiceForge(TM) is a breakthrough for any company, entertainer, or brand manager interested in voice banking their talent, preserving a celebrity voice for an estate, or extending a franchise to include dynamic features such as VoIP announcements, SMS-to-Voice, Text-to-Podcast, custom ring tones, etc. Clients have the option to bring the tools in-house, or contract services through third-party experts like Silex.

About Cepstral LLC

Cepstral is a speech technology company based in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, which provides speech technologies and services for the spoken delivery of information. We build high quality, natural sounding voices for hand-held, desktop, and server applications. Cepstral: We Build Voices.

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