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Old 05-30-2008, 05:45 AM   #1
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Text to Speech and audio books - speed?

I work with a blind guy who has shown me the merits of playing back at twice the normal speed (his screen reader is set phenominally fast and he listens to books not much slower... still much, much slower than I read, however). One joy for him is unprotected ebooks... text-to-speech on DRM'd books is generally impossible, although it is legal here for what little that is worth.

So now I'm starting to listen to books and using www.foobar2000.org and the soundtouch plugin. It's also fun to vary pitch and speed independently I'm finding that lifting the pitch a little helps, but doubling the speed makes the books much more ... um... listenable?
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I do not know - never tried that.

One software that I do advise is Textaloud (http://www.textaloud.com), it let’s you control speed, pitch, save the reading etc…
They sell outstanding good voices.
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I work with a blind guy who has shown me the merits of playing back at twice the normal speed (his screen reader is set phenominally fast and he listens to books not much slower... still much, much slower than I read, however). One joy for him is unprotected ebooks... text-to-speech on DRM'd books is generally impossible, although it is legal here for what little that is worth.

So now I'm starting to listen to books and using www.foobar2000.org and the soundtouch plugin. It's also fun to vary pitch and speed independently I'm finding that lifting the pitch a little helps, but doubling the speed makes the books much more ... um... listenable?
I didn't see any TTS capability in this product. Can you provide a link or information on the TTS capability?

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Now what would be a great idea is if someone could come up with a hand-held speech to text viewer...
DragonSpeech software is good, but needs a PC, and is then limited in an environment where there is background noise...
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