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How do I add more voices to TTS?

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My CTA Pro only came with two voices; female ones (One for SAPI 4 and one for SAPI 5)
The documentation for adding more voices is confusing; it sends me to other web sites with no guidance.

Can I get more voices for the Microsoft TTS engine for free?
...or do I have to pay for all voices beyond the two that came with the package?
And how do I add more voices; I need step by step instructions. I am new to this and have no idea how to navigate around third-party voice sites.

Please help.

Thanks.
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Hi Veridico,

Welcome to the forum. Microsoft only has a limited selection of tts voices, there are maybe 3 more you can add that are free, but they pretty much sound like more of the same thing. For the better quality you will have to buy them from 3rd party developers - but also be warned they charge an arm and a leg for public performance of their voices, it's been a big topic on the forum actually.

If by chance you have access to a mac, they have some good tts voices that come default with the apple os software - but I don't know about adding more voices to mac. For the most part the best voices in TTS cost money, first to purchase, 2nd on royalty, leaving the best (affordable ) option to simply record your own voice and alter it with software.

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TTS voices are not usually free. They are used by a lot of different programs and CTA is only one of them.

Some of my favorite are made by a company called IVONA.

http://www.ivona.com/us/

Neospeech also has a good selection.

http://www.neospeech.com/



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I have been searching the forums on this topic for ages without success until now. The originator asked for specific instructions on how to add further voices but none appear in any of the comments to date. I only have MS Anna appearing in TTS box.
I have other quality voices on my system but can find no way to link these voices to Crazy Talk A. through Preferences or any other method.
Please don't worry about settings for any of these voices or the vendors name, just please tell me:-
How do you create a link between the voices and CTA 2.
Thanks for your help.
I certainly hope somebody stumbles accross this post.
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woodie50 (1/7/2015)
I have been searching the forums on this topic for ages without success until now. The originator asked for specific instructions on how to add further voices but none appear in any of the comments to date. I only have MS Anna appearing in TTS box.
I have other quality voices on my system but can find no way to link these voices to Crazy Talk A. through Preferences or any other method.
Please don't worry about settings for any of these voices or the vendors name, just please tell me:-
How do you create a link between the voices and CTA 2.
Thanks for your help.
I certainly hope somebody stumbles accross this post.


Have you looked at this? http://tts.reallusion.com/

Personally I have no need for it, but for people who choose TTS or need it, it is an option. It also says it works for CTA2, so it is your choice I'd say.



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Hi Woodie50,


I also have been having the same issues as you.  Doing a Search, I came across these links that were created by Reallusion, but not sure why no one has mentioned these before:

Some info on TTS for CT6 & CT7

http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk7/crazytalk_faq_tts.asp


Download link for the MSTTS file that seems hard to find on Reallusion's site

Main Page:
http://download.reallusion.com/mstts

http://cdn2.reallusion.com/MSTTS_All.exe


A Tutorial on how to load up TTS for CT5. I'm sure this is still somewhat valid, but with Microsoft changing things who know.

http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk7/CT5_TTS_tutorial.pdf



Converting Text to Speech

http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/Animator/help/animator/Std/08_Animation/Add_Voice/Converting_Text_to_Speech.htm



Those are the links I could find regarding TTS on CTA.

Here is one Free program I found from a reference on Reallusion called Balabolka.  Go to this link  http://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm


Good Luck.

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the original post is 3 years old,  and some of the services that have come up since are relatively new ....including the base software.

maybe the forum needs a feature to lock old threads ?



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Fblawat
I used TTS in my videos for years and everyone hates it.
The Microsoft SAPI5 voices are a tad better and free with the SDK and I occasionally use them with Balabolka but quite frankly voice changing software and live actors are far far better and more accepted.
Try something like Screaming Bee/ Morphvox or even a free iPad or Android app it is a lot easier than typing too.




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planetstardragon,

While the thread may be old, I was referring to a specific user who was asking questions about links or how to's.  From what I can see, this woodie50 user posted a question last year on this forum.

https://forum.reallusion.com/uploads/images/28991896-b859-472d-8e18-fb94.png


Thanks.
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Hi Wendy,

Thanks for the info.  I think for users who are looking for Anonymity using TTS is a better choice especially if they make political references or cartoons. In this day and age of our own Government watching everyone, being safer than sorry is better. BUT for my use, I will take a look at your suggestion of a voice-changer.

I will try that out that Screaming Bee/ Morphvox program to see how they work.

Thanks!
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