By way of #introductions I produce a twice-weekly, TTS-voiced, Linux and open source news podcast that aims not to waste your time. You can check out the latest episode here:
And if you work on a project with a major milestone coming up, do get in touch so I can perhaps give it some publicity.
@mgrondin I'm using one of Amazon's neural voices, with a small amount of post processing through ffmpeg to clean the audio up a little. Before settling on that engine, I tried literally everything else that I could find -- both open and closed source -- to see what worked best, with listenability my main criteria. Amazon's audio isn't the cleanest out there, but to my ears is far more human-like in how it handles intonation than any competitor. [1/2]
@mgrondin I'm afraid that the FOSS alternatives just aren't in the ballpark at the moment. But I'm not tied to my current implementation, and as I say on the website About page, quite prepared to 'fire' my current host as and when the technology improves ;) [2/2]
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