How to Add Text to Speech Voices

By Peyton Brookes

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 Outdated voices might sound choppy and unnatural.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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Go to the Cepstral website (see Resources). The page lists the voices available for download.

Step 3

Scroll through the list to select the language. Click a voice that corresponds to your version of Windows. The download will start.

Step 4

Double-click the downloaded file to begin the installation. Follow the installation instructions to begin using the new voice.

Microsoft Text-to-Speech Voices

Step 1

Go to the ByteColl website (see Resources).

Step 2

Click the “Mary, Mike, Sam and More” link to download Microsoft text-to-speech voices.

Step 3

Double-click the executable file to initiate the installation. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Natural Readers Software

Step 1

Go to the Natural Readers website (see Resources).

Step 2

Click “Order Now” for the product that suits your needs. The Personal, Professional and Developer versions come with free additional voices.

Step 3

Double-click the downloaded file to begin the installation process and follow the prompts to complete the installation.