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Convert text to speech to sound file?
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Gern
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Feb 22, 2003, 08:12 PM
 
Anyone know of an application that can convert text into speech, and then save it as some sort of sound file?

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sandsl
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Feb 23, 2003, 09:32 AM
 
It is possible. Theres an application on versiontracker that does it I believe - don't remember the name.
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JeremyA
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Feb 23, 2003, 09:20 PM
 
I just did an experiment with Audio Hijack. I launched TextEdit from within Audio Hijack and then pasted some text into a blank document. Then I started recording in Audio Hijack, selected the text in TextEdit and selected 'Start Speaking Text' from the Speech section of the Services menu.

The result - Audio Hijack recorded the spoken text as an AIFF file. Audio Hijack is $16 but I think that it is a great little app.

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Mar 3, 2003, 05:59 PM
 
Check out Spoken Text App.
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C.J. Moof
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Mar 3, 2003, 07:46 PM
 
Somewhere I picked up this Applescript:


property voice_names : {"Agnes", "Albert", "Bad News", "Bahh", "Bells", "Boing", "Bruce", "Bubbles", "Cellos", "Deranged", "Fred", "Good News", "Hysterical", "Junior", "Kathy", "Organ", "Princess", "Ralph", "Trinoids", "Victoria", "Whisper", "Zarvox"}
property default_voice : "Victoria"

set this_voice to ""
set this_string to "Welcome to Mac OS Ten!"
try
repeat
display dialog "Enter the text to render to a sound file:" default answer this_string buttons {"Cancel", "Try", "Render"} default button 3
copy the result as list to {this_string, button_pressed}
if this_string is "" then
beep
else if the button_pressed is "Try" then
set this_voice to (choose from list voice_names default items default_voice with prompt "Pick the voice to use:") as string
if this_voice is "false" then
exit repeat
else
set default_voice to this_voice
end if
say this_string using this_voice
else
if this_voice is "" then
set this_voice to (choose from list voice_names default items default_voice with prompt "Pick the voice to use:") as string
if this_voice is "false" then
exit repeat
else
set default_voice to this_voice
end if
end if
set the target_file to choose file name with prompt "Name and location for the sound file:" default name "rendered.aiff"
say this_string using default_voice saving to target_file
exit repeat
end if
end repeat
on error error_message number error_number
if the error_number is not -128 then
display dialog error_message buttons {"Cancel"} default button 1
end if
end try


cut and paste into script editor, run. It spits out AIFF files.
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Mark E
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Mar 3, 2003, 08:06 PM
 
i found a great program to do this, it's called "speak n save".

http://www.versiontracker.com/morein...d=16162&db=mac

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C.J. Moof
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Mar 3, 2003, 11:53 PM
 
They want $4 for that? I'll let you use the script above for $3!
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