How to Add Text to Speech Voices
Text-to-speech programs provide you with several benefits including reduced eye strain, effective proofreading and language learning, according to Natural Readers. The Text-to-speech engine was originally developed to offer computer accessibility for those with vision impairments. Outdated voices might sound choppy and unnatural. As a result, you might want to add text-to-speech voices to improve ease of use. You can download free voices or purchase additional software that offers a wider selection. You can select from several options including female, male or region-specific voices.
Cepstral Text-to-Speech Voices
Right-click “My Computer” and select “Properties.“ Confirm the version of Windows you are running. To add text-to-speech voices, you need to know the version of Windows installed to your computer. If you see “64-bit” then your system is the 64-bit version. If you don’t see anything, your system is the 32-bit version.
Go to the Cepstral website (see Resources). The page lists the voices available for download.
Scroll through the list to select the language. Click a voice that corresponds to your version of Windows. The download will start.
Double-click the downloaded file to begin the installation. Follow the installation instructions to begin using the new voice.
Microsoft Text-to-Speech Voices
Go to the ByteColl website (see Resources).
Click the “Mary, Mike, Sam and More” link to download Microsoft text-to-speech voices.
Double-click the executable file to initiate the installation. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Natural Readers Software
Go to the Natural Readers website (see Resources).
Click “Order Now” for the product that suits your needs. The Personal, Professional and Developer versions come with free additional voices.
Double-click the downloaded file to begin the installation process and follow the prompts to complete the installation.