Enter your text to speech
Technology has progressed at lot since the last decade. We were able to discover and put use of many gadgets and softwares which made human life easier on this planet Earth. There are many different kinds of human beings living among us. Unfortunately some are physically challenged. The ailment maybe by birth or maybe due to an accident later.
Thanks to the latest technology, it is easier for physically challenged people to communicate with other people and live and enjoy life like normal human beings. One of such technological advancements is Text to Speech (TTS) engine which reads out the text in an article or a documentary in loud words and aids visually impaired people to listen and understand the context.
Development of the text to speech engine or system dates back to the 1930s where Bell Labs developed the “vocoder”, which automatically analyzed speech into its fundamental tones and resonances. The first computer-based speech synthesis system was developed in late 1950s. Let’s talk in detail about the Text to Speech engine or Speech Synthesizer.
Speech synthesis is the process where human words are artificially synthesized and converted into speech output. The computer used for this process is known as Speech Synthesizer or Speech computer which can be implemented in software or hardware systems.
Synthesized speech is created by linking pieces of recorded speech stored in a database. The speech output obviously won’t be natural and may lack clarity depending on the accent used. The synthesis can be made to sound more natural and clear if the recorded voice and the written text are in the same accent.
A text to speech engine is composed of two parts namely front-end and back-end. Front-end involves the conversion of raw text into equivalent words. The back-end is a synthesizer that converts the representation into sound.
text to speech should not be confused with voice response systems since they both are used for different purposes.
TTS is mainly used by old people and people who are visually impaired for reading out the text. Most of the screen readers employ the TTS system to read out the words and stories. In today’s world, kids are also using TTS in order to read out story books and Moms are happy that they aren’t being bothered anymore for late night bed time stories.
We have our in house Text to Speech tool here which you can use to convert any text article into audio format for presentations and you can also download the audio file to your computer and listen whenever you want. Here’s how you can use the tool.