For a young person using a communication aid, the quality and sound of a computer generated voice is very important. The ‘Heather’ female voice was developed successfully and was popular for its authentic Scottish accent and tone. But there was never a suitable male equivalent voice.
After much petitioning and campaigning to address this inequality, Scottish Government have awarded CALL Scotland funding to work with Cereproc to develop a male Scottish Voice, a ‘brother’ for the Heather voice.
Other purposes for computer generated voice output are:
- reading of SQA digital exam papers
- reading back text composed in Word with WordTalk
- reading digital books and other materials
CALL Scotland have ‘audition’ pieces from six actors, any one of whom could provide the voice that will be used on computers in schools, colleges and other centres throughout Scotland. They are asking for your help to decide the ‘best’ voice, from which the computer voice will be created.
CALL have set up a PDF with samples of the voices which you can download from: http://www.thescottishvoice.org.uk/Brother-for-Heather/Assets/Downloads/form.pdf
Open the PDF with Adobe Reader and then you can click on the different samples to hear the voice. If you want to hear a sample twice, zoom in a bit because the ‘Play’ button is a bit tiny. Once you have completed the form you can email your comments, and most importantly, score the voices in order of preference to Paul.Nisbet@ed.ac.uk
Your help is much appreciated.