More 'human' voice synth (TTS)

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at
Tue Jun 21 03:25:28 EDT 2011

I'm wondering if there's anything we can do to make TTS sound more
'human'. We'd like to be able to use the XOs to teach English
literacy, but the espeak voices are very robotic.

My understanding is that espeak is optimised for low-power devices
(great for XOs) and clear (if robotic) speech. Would it be feasible to
switch to something else, like festival?

This is some food for thought:


Sridhar Dhanapalan
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One Laptop per Child Australia
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