Hi Phil,

I think you are right. I was relistening to various voice clips
earlier and I don't think it is the speech rate, but the fact Tom
doesn't seem to pause between words the way a human would. A human
usually takes a short breath between words, inserting a little pause
there, where Tom tends to run it all together. So Climb Up: Up Arrow
sounds like one endless string of words or sounds without a proper
pause between them. Heather on the other hand is set to the same
speech rate, but she pauses between words making it clearer to hear.
So I think I might be better off using a different Sapi voice that
pauses properly between words.


On 6/26/11, Phil Vlasak <p...@pcsgames.net> wrote:
> Hi Thomas,
> I am just not a fan of Scansoft Tom, as I think the voice is of lesser
> quality than some of the others.
>  I noticed that some of the voices had  larger download sizes and most of
> the time, the larger the download the clearer the voice sounded to me.
> I suspect that some of the voices were either recorded or converted to a
> lower bit rate.
> Originally they had 8 and 16 bit rates on the voices but recently I noticed
> some 24 bit  that sounded much clearer.
> If you are going to stay with Tom, I do have a few suggestions.
> I think the main problem in understanding the voice is that the words are
> blended together too much.
> You could try increasing the pause between words from the Text Aloud menu.
> Or you could add a punctuation mark between some of the words.
> In  Actions_Selection2.wav
> You have him saying
> Climb Up: up arrow.
> but it sounds like
> climb upup parrow.
> A colon does not pause the voice as much as a comma does.
> I suggest adding commas in between words to make a sentence like this
> clearer.
> such as,
> climb, up, up, arrow.
> Phil

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