Thanks for the info. Yeah, I was aware of the Vocalizer 5 name change,
but many of the people on this list are Jaws users. Therefore they
would think of those voices as RealSpeak Direct rather than Vocalizer.
So that's why I used the older more well known name in my article.
I wasn't aware a person could buy the Vocalizer 5 voices, and I'm glad
to know there is still a way to get them if a person is willing to buy
them. As for myself $300 is way too much money for two voices
considering I could have 10 Cepstral voices or 6 Ivona voices for that
price. Once again, their shooting themselves in the foot if they
think the average person is going to pay that kind of money for TTS
output when something like the Ivona voices are just as good--maybe
even better---and a lot cheaper. its stupidity on their part.
On 11/1/11, Michael Gauler <michael.gau...@gmx.de> wrote:
> Hi Thomas,
> I don't know if you are aware of this, but there might be several problems
> coming the way of all JAWS and RealSpeak Direct users.
> Unfortunately no one in that the Speech Market except Ivona seems to be
> willing to give apropriate information about their products.
> I'll post this here in public, so that all people know of this, since the
> talk on games and speech engines has already started.
> First of all Nuance/Scansoft has developed several new voices. Some of them
> being in new languages and other ones give more choices for existing
> First of all, the new voices are not named RealSpeak, but Vocalizer 5.
> The only company who does sell the new voices to end users is Koba Vision.
> There you have to pay more than $300 for two voices of your liking.
> However there are two problems with the new product. First of all, It seems
> that the new engine might not be totally stable, but this might have been
> fixed by now.
> But the more important issue is that the new distribution of voices seems to
> be of lesser quality than the RealSpeak Direct voices.
> The next thing you should know is that the new Scansoft voices haven't been
> made available to JAWS users up to now (the reason is unknown).
> Furthermore, the new voices can't be purchased from nextup.com for
> TextAloud, either.
> And the last piece of news is that Nuance and Loquendo are effectively
> becoming one company now and that again no one knows what this means for the
> individual products of both companies and for general availability of said
> That's it, more information seems to be unavailable.
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