Text to Speech Software Options

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Product Name Speech Quality Comments Features Pricing
Oddcast Above Average 30+ languages and 185+ voices types Contact them directly for pricing
Smartlink TBD English, French, German, Italian, Spanish languages + female voice 499.99
Ispeech TBD No price listed and requiring direct contact is the sign of a high price. 13 voices of 7 languages Contact them directly for pricing
2ndspeechcenter TBD Supports dozens of male, female and robotic voices, for over 11 languages 39.95
Acapela-Group TBD No price listed and requiring direct contact is the sign of a high price. 25 voices of 30 languages Contact them directly for pricing
Dragon Average One voice playback female British Shop around can save a lot on purchase. $79 to $499 and up!
Linguatec Above Average System requirements:

Operating system: Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit)
Available disk space: Up to 2 GB for each language
2 GB RAM
Internet access for product activation
Plugins are available for the following MS Office programs:
Microsoft Word (Version 2007, 2010 and 2013)
Microsoft Outlook (Version 2007, 2010 and 2013)
Microsoft Power Point (Version 2007, 2010 and 2013)

45 languages, 5 English voices, 5 British voices 499.99
NeoSpeech Above Average Internet Cloud Based – Operating System

Windows 98 and higher.

Linux RHEL 5 or higher, Fedora and CentOS
CPU

Pentium III 500 MHz
RAM

128 MB (256 MB Recommended)
Database space

64 MB ~ 900 MB per voice.

5 English voices, 6 languages By by number of words $100 for 2400 words.
Google Translate Above Average Internet Cloud Based – Believe it or not, you can use google translate to generate audio files from text for free.

1) Type or paste the text into the translation window. (Note: you don’t need to actually translate the text to another language.)

2) Click the listen button in the window where the “to be translated” text sits.

3) Look in your browser window cookies folder for the mp3 file google just created to play back your text.

4) Move and rename the file so you can find it later.

This works for me as long as I am outside of my company’s firewall (which blocks the audio cookie).

The downside is, you can’t select your voice. The upside is it is quick, easy, and free.

If you need more info, I have a screenr I recorded some time ago: http://screenr.com/zjo8

1 English voice, numerous languages Free
PowerPoint Speak Average File, Options, Customize Ribbon, Change to display All Commands, Scroll the options and select Speak, you may need to create a custom group but it is fast and easy. Then click on a PowerPoint textbox and click the speak icon. 1 English female voice Free
Recording internally produced audio from your computer N/A These instructions maybe required in order to save audio files being produced from windows. N/A Free
Voice Over Person Toronto Best Quality Completed by a real Toronto Actor in studio. Some negotiation maybe possible. This is a real person (70 minutes = $1850)
Text Speaker Above Average Compatible with Ivona Languages. Additional voices need to be purchased. Offline activation possible, but still need to rely on website for unlock code. Unsure if same unlock code can be used more than once (For example to reinstall if company gets shut down). Unclear of number of voices by default, 14 English voices combination of male and female, 5 languages $85.77 and up
TextAloud Average Compatible with Ivona Languages Unclear of number of voices by default, 29 languages $31.95 + $26.49 base ($58.44)
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