The eSpeak Speech Synthesizer

A while ago I played with the Festival text-to-speech program. Now I’ve found a similar application called eSpeak, which is included in every default Ubuntu installation.

First, if you get errors like the ones below when running eSpeak, another sound application interfering with eSpeak. You’ll need to close any other applications using sound to use eSpeak.

PaHost_OpenStream: could not open /dev/dsp for O_WRONLY
PaHost_OpenStream: ERROR - result = -10000

Simply run eSpeak with a string of text in quotes to read: