Saturday, December 1, 2012

Audio enabled: Computer-generated narrators debated here.

When you upload an e-book on Amazon Kindle, it is audible enabled to a single computer-generated voice. You can convert your MS Word or Pdf file to an audio book for a wide range of prices.

Here is what some of the voices sound like:

Scroll to the bottom of the page on this link: the Developer Version offers eight voices. Exactly how you can weave them into a book recording, I don't know, but they do have support staff you can ask.

Have a listen. I'll let you be the judge. If anyone has been able to use such software to record a talking book, post a comment and let me know how it went. I have contacted recording studio engineers to ask if you can enhance computer-generated voices to make them more like real narrators. The answer was "no" across the board. Who knows? Technology is constantly changing.

1 comment:

  1. The current best text to speech software is Text Speaker. It has customizable pronunciation, reads anything on your screen, and it even has talking reminders. The bundled voices are well priced and sound very human. Voices are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and more. Easily converts blogs, email, e-books, and more to MP3 or for listening instantly. Also perfect for proofreading.