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    JSpeak - The Ultimate in Linux Text-to-Speach Software

    JSpeak Demo

    Full instructions located at

    or just use the ones below.

    Installation and Usage


    *Note:* There is a bug in Mint with it's espeak and pulseaudio, not the app itself. However these bugs do not affect the program, and it still opperates just fine and good.

    sudo apt-get install espeak mbrola
    Choose your voices. There are many, but for all english ones, do
    sudo apt-get install mbrola-us1 mbrola-us2 mbrola-us3 mbrola-en1
    Many mbrola voices can be installed through apt-get in Ubuntu/Mint. Some such as mbrola-mx1 are not available through apt. If you wish to install those. Follow the manual installation below for them.

    yum install espeak
    Fedora and other rpm based systems do not have mbrola and mbrola packages afaik. However this is not a problem. Continue to follow the manual installation for them.

    Manual installation of mbrola and mbrola voices (From the espeak/mbrola docs)

    *Linux Installation*

    From eSpeak version 1.44 onwards, eSpeak calls the mbrola program directly, rather than passing phoneme data to it using a pipe. 1. To install the Linux Mbrola binary, download: Unpack the archive, and copy and rename the file from: mbrola-linux-i386 to mbrola somewhere in your executable path (eg. /usr/bin/mbrola ). 2. Get the en1 voice from: Unpack the archive, and copy the *en1* data file (not the whole "en1" directory) to /usr/share/mbrola/en1. eSpeak will look for mbrola voices firstly in espeak-data/mbrola and then in /usr/share/mbrola *Note:* Get as many voices as you like. Each will show in the voice selection combo box. 3. If you use the eSpeak voice such as "*mb-en1*" then eSpeak will use the mbrola "en1" voice, eg:
    espeak -v mb-en1 "Hello world"
    *Note:* This step is just for testing that everything is setup and working correctly.

    Obtaining and running the app.
    tar -xf JSpeak.jar  
    cd JSpeak  java -jar JSpeak.jar
    OR Obtain the app from git and run.
    git clone git://
    cd JSpeak/dist  java -jar JSpeak.jar

    1. Toggle on the scan button (has a diamond icon). Hover your mouse over other buttons for descriptions.

    2. (Optional) Change the voice from the drop down menu of the combo box to set a better sounding mbrola voice.

    3. Start copying text from your favourite ebook, the web, email, etc. to begin having the text read to you.

    Windows Users:

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    If you enjoy this software, please consider making a small donation to the programmer, so he can continue to maintain and create new software to help everyday users. That can be done at my blog, Thank you.
    Last edited by lisati; December 7th, 2012 at 01:43 AM.
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