[Athen] Kurzweil 3000 for Mac

Todd Schwanke tschwanke at wisc.edu
Fri Apr 17 13:26:00 PDT 2009

I received a similar response from Kurzweil. The odd thing is that K 3000 v3 works just fine with Alex, even it predates the introduction of Alex. I pushed them a little bit to see if this compatibility might be released as a patch to v4, but it seemed like a long-shot.


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Subject: Re: [Athen] Kurzweil 3000 for Mac


Yes. Unfortunately, we discovered Kurzweil 3000 and Alex are not
compatible last fall. Here is, verbatim, the info. I was sent from
Kurzweil on 9/11/2008:

"Unfortunately, the documentation for Kurzweil 3000 is incorrect. The
Mac OS X Alex voice does not function within Kurzweil. The Alex voice
was released at the tail end of Kurzweil's development process and although the documentation was made referencing Alex, Kurzweil is unable to function with it. We recommend using one of the two high quality Cepstral Voices included on the Kurzweil 3000 CD. I'm sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us."

- Mary

Sean J Keegan wrote:

> Hi all,


> I ran into an issue regarding K3000 ver. 4 for the Mac and supported

> voices. I am running OS X 10.5 (Leopard).


> Basically, I am unable to select the Alex voice as the preferred

> text-to-speech voice for reading. Other voices are available (e.g.,

> Bruce, Victoria, Agnes), but Alex is not available for selection.


> The Kurzweil website has little to no information about the issue

> other than a statement indicating the recommended voices are Bruce,

> Victoria, and Agnes (http://tinyurl.com/ctyokn). The previous page,

> however, has not been updated since March, 2004.


> Anyone have any information about the lack of support of the Alex

> voice in K3000 ver. 4 for the Mac?


> Take care,

> sean


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Mary J. Ziegler
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