Text to Speech with accents

Because development of text to speech voices has traditionally been driven by call centers, companies have generally gone for the most standard, non-accented speakers they can find. I suppose it makes sense, if you are doing a nationwide call-in center, you don’t want your automated voices sounding like they are from Boston or Georgia, you want just a plain vanilla American. And that is what you get with most US English voices. We’ve been able to get some variety with great British voices like Audrey and Australian Karen. AT&T and Nuance have added Indian accented voices, and the first South African voice is on the way, but there still aren’t a lot of choices. Continue reading Text to Speech with accents