Oolite's eSpeak female voice

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Oolite's eSpeak female voice

Post by another_commander » Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:29 pm

It seems that there are quite a few users (myself included), who think that the female voice produced by the eSpeak speech synthesis library we use on Windows and Linux, sounds a bit like Hal's Mother in Law. If anyone would be interested to try, I would like to have some opinions on a slight modification to that voice. It still does not sound fully human, but I would consider it a step up compared to the original and I guess it could be further adjusted with a bit more tweaking.

Paste the below in a file called f2 and put this file inside the oolite.app\Resources\espeak-data\voices\!v folder. Best if you take a backup of the file called f2 that is already residing there. Then run Oolite, activate speech with the female voice and play around a bit. Then let us know how it sounds like.

Contents of the f2 file:

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language variant
name female2
gender female

pitch 188 228
roughness 0

formant 0 105  80 150
formant 1 110  80 160
formant 2 110  70 150
formant 3 110  70 150
formant 4 115  80 200
formant 5 115  80 100
formant 6 110  70 150
formant 7 110  70 100
formant 8 110  70 150

stressAdd 0 0 -10 -10 0 0 10 40
breath 0 2 3 3 3 3 0 5
echo 140 10
voicing 20
breathw 150 150 200 200 400 400
Changes to original voice: 1) It does not scream at you, 2) it is a bit more whispery, 3) pitch is slightly higher and 4) at least to me, it sounds calmer than before.

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