Hmmm, the thing is though Jacob, what about startrek or babylon 5 where the computer has an obviously female synth voice?

In fact a lot of old scifi tended to have them I think (there were certainly a few in dr. who).


Then of course there were the old robotic voices which quite honestly didn't have! a gender. this was imho one of the things which made the original cybermen from the 2nd doctor era and the daleks so inhuman.

In fact even now, though the cybermen have changed to sound deffinately male, Daleks are stil referd to as "it" and other than the emperor aren't said to have a gender at all.

Beware the grue!

Dark.
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My one possible guess would be that, maybe it has something to do with old visions of technology - talking computer should sound like/sounds better when it sounds like a guy from some movie like revenge of the nerds...?

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----- Original Message ----- From: "dark" <d...@xgam.org>
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This is a very weerd point, ---- even a female friend I know says the same thing as well. I'm sure freud would have a field day with it, though as this is supposed to be a family friendly list I won't start speculating on what he might've said ;d.

The deffinition of a freudian slip: "Say one thing and mean your mother!" ;D.

Btw, I can't speak for the kepstral or at&T voices sinse I'm not familiar enough with them, but I've even found this with amazingly good synths like the seerprock ones which are some of the best I know.

That's why I tend to stick with scansoft daniel and his nice, bbc news reader voice ;D.

Beware the Grue!

Dark.
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Hi Dark,

Very interesting. Generally I've found the same problem. I would
prefer a female Sapi voice, but most of them just strike me as wrong.
Accapela Heather is not bad and AT&T Lorn is okay as well. Some of the
others like Scansoft Samantha just sounds like a stuck up old laidy,
and is a major turn off. Cepstral Dianne is good for reading books,
but some of Cepstral's voices like Amy and Emily are ssimply aweful.
However, more often the male voices like David, Walter, Mike, etc are
okay. I can listen to them all day with no problem.

Cheers!

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