With the Apple-Nuance partnership all but confirmed, the recordings of Nuance-powered text-to-speech seem to be all the rage because they provide an indication of how an improved text-to-speech synthesis in Mac OS X Lion might sound like. Hit the links below to listen to a select few Nuance-powered voices as WAV files. You can also check out a whole lot more voice recordings here.
• French Canadian (Felix)
• English British Accent (Serena)
• English American Accent (Samantha)
• Spanish (Monica)
• Irish (Moira)
• Scottish (Fionna)
• Mandarin Chinese (Mei Ling)
• Finnish (Mikko)
• German (Yannick)
The difference is obvious. The voices sound more natural and less robotic compared to standard Mac OS X text-to-speech. Plus, Nuance’s RealSpeak software renders a greater range of emotions and accents, from French to Romanian to Thai to Mandarin Chinese and more.
- Nuance and Apple partnership is all but confirmed: Lion uses Nuance speech technology (9to5mac.com)
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- Freebie alert: Voice Brief reads aloud your feeds on iDevice in the background (and it sounds great) (9to5mac.com)
- Chrome 11 to give web apps the ability to transcribe your voice to text (9to5mac.com)
- Apple might buy Nuance after all (9to5mac.com)