Orator Text-to-Speech Synthesizer
- Platform: SUN SPARC, Decstation 5000. Written in C, and
therefore portable to other UNIX platforms. Some successful ports: HP,
RS-6000, PC-Unix [Linux].
- Description: Sophisticated speech synthesis package.
Has text preprocessing (for abbreviations, numbers), acronym rules,
and human-like spelling routines. Natural-sounding synthesis based on
Has high accuracy for pronunciation of names of people, places and
businesses in America; good accuracy for English text; rules for stress and
intonation marking; various methods of user control and customization at most
stages of processing.
A new version of the ORATOR system is under development. Both ORATOR and
this new "ORATOR II" system are capable of general text synthesis. The
ORATOR II system has a more natural-sounding voice.
- Hardware: Runs on common SPARC or Decstation
workstations, using their internal audio output capability. Recommend at
least 16M of memory.
- WWW: More detailed information plus examples of ORATOR synthesis are available on the ORATOR WWW pages:
- Misc 1: A free demo cassette is available.
- Misc 2: Examples of Orator are also available on the University of Birmingham
Speech Synthesis "Museum" WWW site (see Q5.4).
- Availability and Pricing: Contact Bellcore's Licensing
Tel: 1-800-521-CORE (521-2673)
Email: Anthony Lindsey: firstname.lastname@example.org
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