Voice and speech-synthesis





What is speech synthesis ?

Speech synthesis is the artificial production of human speech. A computer system used for this purpose is called a speech synthesizer, and can be implemented in software or hardware. A text-to-speech (TTS) system converts normal language text into speech; other systems render symbolic linguistic representations like phonetic transcriptions into speech.

Wikipedia Speech synthesis
Wikipedia Robotic voice effects PDF Document
Reading Speech synthesis (draft) - Chipflip
Reading History of speech synthesis (with audio demos) - Dennis Klatt
Reading Speech Synthesis Audio Samples and History

There are two classes of virtualization :

Wikipedia Physical modelling synthesis (synthesis from mathematical calculations)
Snap! - Ex-terminator (excerpt) - Speech synthesis made on Atari ST computer, in 1990s
Vocal by the Vocaloid Kaito software - Speech synthesis as human style
Strobo - 'Mobiles Riot' - From the free Brigade Neurale's Speechers album

Wikipedia Sampling (synthesis based on real samples)
All vocals by the Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs software - Speech synthesis in classical music


You need to install Flash plugin !
Song using Vocaloid 2's Hatsune Miku for vocal, by Nyandaful 55




Softwares : free speech synthesizers / virtual singers


Website Wikipedia TalkAny.zip TalkAny (or Talk It!) - on Windows (Standalone)
Vocal by TalkAny - Woolyss - 'Big Robot Demo'
Vocal by TalkAny - Woolyss - 'Little Robot Demo'
Vocal by TalkAny - Woolyss - 'Martian Demo'
Vocal by TalkAny - Woolyss - 'Singing Girl Demo'

Website STSpeech - on Atari ST, and on Windows via Steem emulator. Check this tutorial or download All in 1 pack.
Vocal by STSpeech - Woolyss - 'Demo'

Website AnalogX SayIt - on Windows (Standalone)
Vocal by AnalogX SayIt - Woolyss - 'Demo'

Website akJ Speechtools - on Windows (Standalone)
Vocal by akJ Speechtools - Woolyss - 'Demo'

Website CFS-Technologies Speakonia - on Windows (Standalone)
Vocal by CFS-Technologies Speakonia - Woolyss - 'Demo'

Website eSpeak - on Linux (Standalone)
Vocal by eSpeak - 'Raven'

Website AudioNerdz Delay Lama - on Windows and Mac (VST)
Vocal by AudioNerdz Delay Lama - 'Monk Eteram'

Website FaMiC - on Windows (MML PPMCK) JP
Vocal by FaMiC- 'Kojotuki'

Website Speech synthesizer in LSDJ (Check this tutorial) - on Nintendo Gameboy



TalkAny : a free standalone program, on Windows

TalkAny : a free standalone program, on Windows
Audio demo of TalkAny with 'Big Robot' option




Softwares : commercial speech synthesizers / virtual singers

Website Wikipedia Vocaloid Family - on Windows and Mac (Standalone, VST plugin)
Vocal by Vocaloid 2 Hatsune Miku, the famous virtual singer in the world - 'Ballade'
Vocals by Vocaloid 2 Kagamine Rin/Len - 'Levan Polkka'
Vocals by Vocaloid Leon and Lola - Joe Hogan - 'Check It Out'
Vocal by Vocaloid Kaito - 'Kimi No Uwasa'
Vocal by Vocaloid Lola - Dom Keeffe - 'Bach Wowels'
Only backing vocals by Vocaloid Lola - Andy Power - 'Little Bird'
Vocals by Vocaloid - Cornelius - 'Brazil'

Website VocalWriter - on Mac (Standalone)
Vocal by VocalWriter - 'Penny Lane'

Website Virsyn Cantor 2 - on Windows and Mac (Standalone, VST, AU, RTAS plugin)
Vocal by Virsyn Cantor 2 - 'Rosenfole'

Website Syntheway Magnus Choir - on Windows and Mac (VST plugin)
Vocals by Syntheway Magnus Choir - 'Ave Maria Gratia Plena'

Website Myriad Virtual Singer - on Windows (Standalone)
Vocal by Myriad Virtual Singer - 'Queen Of The Night'



Vocaloid editor, on Windows

Vocaloid editor, on Windows




Online Text-to-speech (TTS)


Reading Web-based TTS Tools - The University of Texas at Austin
http://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php
http://www.ivona.com/online/editor.php
http://speech.japplis.com/plus.html
http://www.acapela-box.com/
http://cepstral.com/demos/
http://www.wdspm.com/


You need to install Flash plugin !



Effects on a real human voice

You can use your voice and modify it by a vocoder or other effects (hardware / software)
D Fast - 'Do You Wanna Dance With Me ?' - Human vocal using vocoder (Daft Punk style)
PakuPaku - 'Speecherz Dub' - From the free Brigade Neurale's Speechers album


Pitch Corrector / Autotune Effect

Website Kerovee - on Windows (Free VST plugin)
Vocal modified with Kerovee

Website GSnap - on Windows (Free VST plugin)
Vocal modified with GSnap

Website AutoTalent - on Linux (Free plugin)
Vocal modified with AutoTalent (Check this video tutorial)

Website MicDroid - for Android (free application)
Vocal modified with MicDroid (Check this video tutorial)

Website Auto-Tune - on Windows and Mac (Commercial VST, AU, RTAS plugin)
Vocal modified with Auto-Tune (Check this tutorial)

For other commercial products, check Mu Voice, Vielklang, Waves Tune, Melodyne, Visual Vox.



Kerovee : a free Pitch Corrector/Autotune Effect VST plugin, on Windows


Kerovee : a free Pitch Corrector/Autotune Effect VST plugin, on Windows
Audio demo of Kerovee



Bitcrusher

Wikipedia Bitcrusher

Check plugins (VST, AU, RTAS) or hardware pages.


D16 Group Decimort
D16 Group Decimort
Audio demo by Virtual creations



Vocoder / Talk Box

Wikipedia Vocoder
Wikipedia Talk box

Website TAL-Vocoder - on Windows and Mac (Free VST, AU, RTAS plugin)
Vocal modified with TAL-Vocoder

Website OrangeVocoder - on Windows and Mac (Commercial VST, AU, RTAS plugin)
Vocal modified with OrangeVocoder - 'Voc05'
Vocal modified with OrangeVocoder - 'Voc08'
Vocal modified with OrangeVocoder - 'Voc18'

For other commercial plugins, check here.



You need to install Flash plugin !
Talk Box demo by Mayhem







Thank you to all members of the chiptune/chipmusic forums who helped me.

Woolyss.





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