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  • Lynne K
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    Thanks Ellie, Lynne x

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  • Ellie
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    From https://mov.acapela-group.com/learn-more/

    Take a look through the website Lynne and Good Luck!!


    "Free creation
    Please note that, at an initial stage, the service is free until you decide to use the voice in a specific application, giving you the possibility to test and verify the quality of the voice, or even re-record it, before purchasing anything."

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  • Ellie
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    Yes, it is expensive to buy the iOS licence, Lynne (Windows or Android are more flexible) but the MNDA may be able to get a deal for you.

    Worth asking, they can only say No...

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  • Lynne K
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    Thanks Ellie. I didn't realise that the recording of voices in Acapela is free. I will explore that. Lynne

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  • Ellie
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    Glad you're happy with your voice banking, Doug x

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  • Lynne K
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    MNDA paid for my Model Talker and the download to Typetalk or whatever it's called. I'm always mixing up names and cannot be bothered checking. I doubt that MNDA would pay for a second voice banking service or it's download. I have the voice that I created using Model Talker on my own ipad air2. Acapela is extremely expensive. I looked the other day.

    I wouldn't recommend Model Talker to anybody with a Liverpool or similar accent.

    Lynne

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  • Ellie
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    Sorry to hear you are disappointed with Model Talker, Lynne, it must be especially frustrating as it took so much effort and energy…

    Originally posted by Lynne K View Post
    If I could afford it, and managed to do the required phrases well enough then I'd do Acapela to see if it captures my accent without requiring work arounds to be done.
    Even if the MNDA paid for Model Talker, it’s worth contacting Richard Cave and explaining your predicament. He may be able to offer you Acapela, even if it’s at a discount rather than fully funded.

    Acapela’s ‘My Own Voice’ product incurs no cost until you decide to use it, so the voice recordings, checking and any necessary re-recordings are free. So, at worst, you could do that and take it from there?

    Love Ellie.

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  • Doug Carpenter
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    Hi Lynne

    How dare Model Talker object to a Scouse accent - one of the finest in the world!

    I think you'd find Acapela quite straightforward and you may be able to get it funded through your SLT or the MNDA.

    Doug

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  • Lynne K
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    Thanks Doug. Sounds good. Same here about not needing speech on my ipad yet.

    As you probably read in the past I did Model Talker. I had to do loads of extra phrases and a final batch of my own frequently used phrases, place names and phone numbers to get the system to be nearer to my natural voice. It had real difficulties accepting my Liverpool accent. It frequently designated it a speech problem so asked me to re-record things. It was a nightmare. But I have something fairly close to my natural speaking voice. I have to use work arounds when trying to have certain words broadcast correctly. Sometimes this is to change a letter or two to effect the vowel sounds and endings of words. Model Talker favours an American accent and intonation.

    If I could afford it, and managed to do the required phrases well enough then I'd do Acapela to see if it captures my accent without requiring work arounds to be done. Lynne

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  • Doug Carpenter
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    Hi Lynne

    The recording process was relatively straightforward. I did it in 3-4 sessions over Christmas.

    I haven’t been able to test it properly because I don’t yet have a text to speech system. There is a facility on the Acapela website where you can listen to your voice file. But, probably because of browser or security software problems, I wasn’t able to try that. However, I logged on briefly using a colleague’s system and I thought the voice sounded pretty much like me. The emphasis is odd in some places, but that’s to be expected. Overall, I thought it was good.

    There’s no rush to get this sorted out because my voice still sounds fine – I think!

    Thanks for the info Ellie. I've contacted Richard Cave.

    Doug

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  • Lynne K
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    Hi Doug, how did your voice turn out with Acapela? Lynne

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  • Ellie
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    And the MNDA will provide or fund any required software??

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  • Doug Carpenter
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    Hi Ellie

    I've been in touch with Mathew Hollis at the MNDA and Rachael, who were very helpful over the recording process. It was he who mentioned Grid3 today.

    I will talk to Richard and my SLT.

    Things are never as simple as one thinks!

    Love

    Doug

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  • Ellie
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    Hi Doug,

    Hopefully someone will tell you of their experiences but, in the meantime, have you been in contact with Richard Cave regarding your options?

    If it's not him you've been dealing with, he seems to be the person in the MNDA involved in voice banking and can be emailed at [email protected]

    Good luck with finding a viable solution.

    Love Ellie.

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  • Doug Carpenter
    started a topic Text to speech program advice please

    Text to speech program advice please

    Having completed recording lots of phrases into Acapela and downloaded a big file, I thought I had everything I needed to convert text into speech via my own voice.

    I now understand I need a separate program that will utilise the voice file.

    Grid3 has been mentioned, but I would be extremely grateful for members advice and experiences about what software is available and useful. I want something I could use on a laptop and a mobile phone.

    Many thanks!

    Doug
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