https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Any good-quality (free!) Welsh TTS out there?

Helo,

I'm looking for a Welsh TTS for a project I'm working on. It needs to be of certain quality, and it needs to be free!

Anyone know of one?

Diolch!

January 21, 2017

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/JensBu

www.ivona.com has nice Welsh TTS. But the website changed recently. I don't know how you can get it now. Not sure if it is still free.

January 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Was it free before?

January 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JensBu

As far as I remember, it was free.

http://soundoftext.com/ I've used that for a Memrise course. I haven't tested Welsh but it's there. For some languages it's ok and for others it's horrible.

January 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ibisc

It sounds very robotic compared to the Ivona voices.

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ibisc

Info on the website says that it is an Amazon subsidiary company. Perhaps this is a recent change?

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JensBu

Not sure. I was aware of that but I don't know since how long it has been there.

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

Ivona is not free. You can buy a personal licence for $45 per language or select from a group of different options. Commercial licenses are likely to be much more expensive. Licesnses are sold by a small group of Ivona partners.

There is a youtube video explaining how to obtain all Ivona TTS languages for free but that is likely to by piracy so I will not give details.

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/katydid

You did used to be able to download the two Welsh voices for free, though (think I still have them on my computer). Not sure whether that's still the case - it may have been when the voices were in beta.

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ibisc

It used to be free to use the www.ivona.com homepage to speak up to a paragraph of text - certainly enough for any Duo phrases.

By delving around the new Ivona site you can end up at an Amazon AWS page where you can sign up for an AWS account and use the 'Amazon Polly' TTS service (presumably incorporating Ivona's technology) for up to a year for free with some large limit on how many characters you can enter per month. I didn't get any further because they wanted some payment credentials even to use the free service.

Perhaps someone knows of a way to use the free Polly service for the free year without giving them your credit card number etc...?

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

www.lumenvox.com/products/tts/ has two Welsh voices (the female of which sounds very similar, if not identical, to Ivona's) and the capacity to try them out with custom text.

'Feel free to try the LumenVox TTS Server for yourself by using the interface at the top of this page. '

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ibisc

It sounds identical to Ivona, and has at least one identical fault - if you type in y sêr, the female voice has the same fault of saying sêr with what sounds like lleuad overlying it. As with Ivona, the male voice says y sêr correctly.

It seems to need Adobe Flash, which Ivona doesn't, so didn't work on an iPhone and I had to turn to Windows to try it out. It didn't work on a Mac which didn't have Flash installed.

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

I need one which downloads the TTS as an MP3 file.

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ibisc

You could get in contact with the Canolfan Bedwyr at Bangor University and discuss your project with them. They work with Welsh language technology for a wide range of applications and may be able to advise.

They do have a TTS demo on their web-site. From the information on the site, this may be based on the 'Festival' TTS software, which seems to be easily available.

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi

Thanks for the advice! I'll try that:)

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RichJared

otsogutxi, I noticed that you are level 25 in German, but you haven't started Welsh.

July 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageAmbrosia

They said that they are using it for a project. Whether it's for learning the language or not, was not specified.

November 21, 2018
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