Configuring Talkers

Most text-to-speech (TTS) synthesizers offer multiple languages and voices and may offer multiple speaking genders, volumes, and rates. You may configure more than one instance of a synthesizer. Each combination of language, synthesizer, voice, gender, volume, and rate is called a talker. You should configure at least one talker before you use Jovie otherwise speech-dispatcher will use a default voice.

Note

Multiple talkers for the same synthesizer is similar to multiple print queues for a single physical printer.

When you click the Talkers tab in jovie, the Talkers screen appears. This screen also automatically appears if you start jovie and you have not yet configured any talkers.


The KDE Text-to-Speech Manager (Talkers tab)

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Click to add a new talker.

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All the configured Talkers are listed here. Highest priority Talkers are listed at the top. The top-most talker will be used to do the speaking when an application does not specify a talker.

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Click on a talker in the list to highlight it and click this button to remove it.

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Click on a talker in the list to highlight it and click this button to change its configuration. See below.

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Click on a talker in the list to highlight it and click this button to move it down one row in the list. The lower a talker appears in the list, the lower its priority.

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Click one of these buttons to apply the changes you have made to the running Jovie system.

When you click the Add button, the Add Talker screen appears.


Add Talker screen

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You should give your new talker a name, this can be anything.

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Choose the language and synthesizer here.

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Choose the voice type here, there are three Male, three Female, one Male Child and one Female Child voices to choose from.

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Set any custom voice parameters here.

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When you click here your new talker will appear in the list in the Talkers screen. Click the Edit button to edit the talker's configuration.

You are almost ready to begin using Jovie. Now go back to the General tab and check the Enable Text-to-Speech System (Jovie) box. This will start the KDE TTS Daemon. See the section called “Starting Jovie and Setting General Options”. You may now begin using Jovie to speak text. Click the Jobs tab to create and manage text jobs. See the section called “Managing Text Jobs”.