instead of reading massively long passages of text (which can become tiresome fast)
it might be nice, to have the computer read out that text?
let’s do that 🙂
click play to hear picotts read above text:
there are different Open Source text2speech systems, programs out there…
multi language talent: pico tts
(no not the text editor)
- supported languages:
- English, US (en-US) / English, GB (en-GB)
- Spanish (es-ES)
- French (fr-FR)
- German (de-DE)
- Italian (it-IT)
The Pico service produces audio streams using WAV containers and PCM (signed) codec with 16bit depth.
“The Pico Text-to-Speech (TTS) service uses the TTS binary from SVOX for producing spoken text.”
“You manually need to install the pico2wave binary in order for this service to work correctly. You can, e.g., install it with apt-get on an Ubuntu system” (src)
lsb_release -a; # tested on No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye) Release: 11 Codename: bullseye # if not already, install the genious mplayer & ffmpeg packages :) # (or some other player that can play wav files) su - root apt update apt install mplayer ffmpeg # this is (unfortunatley) only in the non-free repo https://packages.debian.org/buster/libttspico0 # pre compiled package (not the latest, but might just do the job) apt search libttspico-utils apt install libttspico-utils libttspico-utils/stable,stable 1.0+git20130326-11 amd64 Small Footprint TTS (binaries) # compile from src # make new dir where to store the software # as non-root user mkdir -P /software/pico/ cd /software/pico/ git clone https://github.com/naggety/picotts.git # now change to root su - root apt update; apt install autoconf libtool help2man libpopt-dev debhelper; Ctrl+D # log off root ./autogen.sh ./configure make su - root cd /software/pico/picotts/pico make install Ctrl+D # log off root # try running it pico2wave Mandatory option: --wave=filename.wav Usage: pico2wave -w, --wave=filename.wav Write output to this WAV file (extension SHOULD be .wav) -l, --lang=lang Language (default: "en-US") Help options: -?, --help Show this help message --usage Display brief usage message # if error "libttspico.so.0" not found ln -sv /software/pico/picotts/pico/.libs/libttspico.so.0 /usr/lib/libttspico.so.0 # or copy that file libttspico.so.0 into /usr/lib # remove packages (not needed anymore) apt-get remove --purge autoconf libtool help2man libpopt-dev debhelper; apt-get autoremove --purge;
how to let it read text, usage example:
copy and paste the text the user wants to have read out loud into a file called read.txt
# for US-English cat read.txt| pico2wave -l en-US -w ./read.text.wav; mplayer ./read.text.wav;rm -rf ./read.text.wav; # for UK-English cat read.txt| pico2wave -l en-GB -w ./read.text.wav; mplayer ./read.text.wav;rm -rf ./read.text.wav; # for Spanish cat read.txt| pico2wave -l es-ES -w ./read.text.wav; mplayer ./read.text.wav;rm -rf ./read.text.wav; # for French cat read.txt| pico2wave -l fr-FR -w ./read.text.wav; mplayer ./read.text.wav;rm -rf ./read.text.wav; # for German cat read.txt| pico2wave -l de-DE -w ./read.text.wav; mplayer ./read.text.wav;rm -rf ./read.text.wav; # for Italian cat read.txt| pico2wave -l it-IT -w ./read.text.wav; mplayer ./read.text.wav;rm -rf ./read.text.wav;
script it 🙂
usage example of the script:
/path/to/script.sh text2read.txt lang
/scripts/read.sh read.txt en
# create the script vim /scripts/read.sh #!/bin/bash echo "... converting text $1 to computer spoken audio" if [ "$2" = "en" ]; then # for US-English cat $1 | pico2wave -l en-US -w ./read.text.wav; fi if [ "$2" = "uk" ]; then # for UK-English cat $1 | pico2wave -l en-GB -w ./read.text.wav; fi if [ "$2" = "es" ]; then # for Spanish cat $1 | pico2wave -l es-ES -w ./read.text.wav; fi if [ "$2" = "fr" ]; then # for French cat $1 | pico2wave -l fr-FR -w ./read.text.wav; fi if [ "$2" = "de" ]; then # for German cat $1 | pico2wave -l de-DE -w ./read.text.wav; fi if [ "$2" = "it" ]; then # for Italian cat $1 | pico2wave -l it-IT -w ./read.text.wav; fi echo "... starting playback" mplayer ./read.text.wav; echo "... removing temporary wav file" rm -rf ./read.text.wav;
english only but with accents: flite
flite supports only english (?) but that even in DIFFERENT ACCENTS! X-D
su - root apt update; apt install flite; flite/stable,now 2.2-2 amd64 [installed] Small run-time speech synthesis engine # get more english language accents wget -r --no-parent --no-directories --accept flitevox http://www.festvox.org/flite/packed/flite-2.0/voices/ # usage example cat speak.txt | flite -voice /path/to/flite/voices/cmu_us_awb.flitevox
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