This was a talk given at the 2017 Des Moines Web Geeks Social Event. The talk’s slides and transcript are included, plus a link to a recorded video of the event.
Last year I wrote about converting books to speech, where I investigated using open source and free tools to scan textbooks and convert them into audio files. At that time, the weakest part of the process was the actual text-to-speech part. Festival, the open source solution, doesn’t have great voices, hasn’t been updated in years, […]