Voices in Mac OS X

in macOS edited January 2014

I think it would be awesome if my computer could actually talk to me. Now I know apple has all that already built in but it sounds like just well crappy.

Why can't apple create or license something like this website is offering.


if you go there and click text to speech on the top meny and then try now and try the kate voice its amazing how good it sounds. I think that would just be freakin sweet if my alerts were read by that voice.


  • Reply 1 of 8
    neutrino23neutrino23 Posts: 1,520member
    I agree, it would be nice if Apple could dramatically improve the Text to speech option. However, I tried this site then tried the same phrases in OS X and didn't find a huge difference though it was better. OS X seems to make rougher transitions between words.
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    squozensquozen Posts: 66member

    Sounds a lot better than Panther to me.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    neutrino23neutrino23 Posts: 1,520member
    Try this demo:


    I thought that the Frank voice was really good. This is available for OS X.
  • Reply 4 of 8
    neutrino23neutrino23 Posts: 1,520member
    Anyone know why text-to-speech doesn't sound better? I heard a news item on the radio perhaps five years ago asserting that by using samples of human voice text-to-speech systems would sound so natural that they would be used in movies to voice animated features. So far as I know we are far short of that level of quality.

    It would be fantastic if I could down load a bunch of news items and have them read back to me by Richard Burton or Walter Kronkite's voice (or Don Knotts' voice if I was feeling silly!).
  • Reply 5 of 8
    Those voices are cool!

    Maybe Apple is holding off on good voices because of the family values groups? I can only imagine getting ahold of a real sexy woman's voice, them typing in what I want her to say! Almost too virtual reality for some, perhaps.

    Or maybe I'm just a sick fuck. I've considered that possibility a few times more than I like.
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    zenatekzenatek Posts: 203member
    Yes none of the voices anyone has mentioned come close to that website... Thats my question, why cant they come close to a website service? And yes that Kate voice is quite nice, for a computer!
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    aquaticaquatic Posts: 5,602member
    It'd be neat if they built ViaVoice like dicatation in to OS X. They already have the recognition, I imagine it wouldn't be much of a leap. However currently, recognition is sketchy. And the voices are certainly subpar. This was one of the most exciting things I was looking forward to in Tiger.
  • Reply 8 of 8
    the best voice I have heard is by Scansoft (maker of paperport, dragon naturally speaking, and via voice).

    Interactive Demo here:


    cepstral's voices sound like CRAP when compared to scansoft's too bad realspeak does not integrate with OSX
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