[Athen] Natural Voices

Leyna Bencomo lbencomo at uccs.edu
Thu Aug 23 15:49:42 PDT 2018

I like the voices packaged with Read & Write Gold. There are so many choices and you can manipulate the pitch and speed. I think the Australians are popular as is the British Indian woman. I encourage my students who lose focus quickly to switch voices. It seems to keep their attention longer.

Leyna Bencomo
Assistive Technology Specialist
Office of Information Technology
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, EPC 215
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Hegney, Shaun
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:36 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Natural Voices

Hi Lorraine,

I really like the Acapela voices. They work with both Natural Reader (works with all paid versions) (for windows and Mac) and Voice Dream Reader / Writer (IOS and Android)

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Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2018 8:58 AM
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Subject: [Athen] Natural Voices

Dear All,

I am working with a student who has sleep apnea and finds reading and listening to monotone voices on a computer triggers her sleep. She wants to try text to speech to keep herself awake. She finds some of the voices very monotonous and difficult to follow. Has anyone found any voices that sound less synthesized and sound more natural that would be helpful for this student.



Lorraine S. Norwich, BSME, MSIS
Assistant Director of Disability Services
Boston University
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