Yeesh. I rebuilt my ThinkPad yesterday, moving from Fedora :fedora: to Zorin :zorin:, and got around to my Mycroft :mycroft: configuration sometime around 1:30 in the morning today. Could NOT get things working with the AWS Polly TTS. I spent at LEAST 90 minutes today going back and fixing what my sleep deprived brain screwed up last night. It turns out I'm not in my 20s anymore, and my brain doesn't work as well as it used to in the wee hours of the morning.


@mike out of interest, what do you use the Polly TTS for? An assistant to read long documents to you?

@simon I use it for the voice output. MycroftAI has made some pretty good advancements in the last 5ish years that I've been supporting them, but their voices are pretty sad. They have the original AP voice, which I still use on my Mark I, they have a "newer" American voice, and the Google Voice is an option. Even the Google voice isn't actually from their assistant, it's what reads out from their translation site. AWS Polly has been the easiest alternative to get running.

@simon Even though it's the easiest though, I'd don't feel super great about using an AWS product with my Mycroft installations. I'd much rather have something less proprietary. Mozilla's TTS is an option, and you can use your own instance for , but I haven't ever gotten around to getting it setup. It's on my "One Of These Days" list, and eventually I WILL get around to it.

@mike @simon - Mike when you get around to using #mozillaTTS can you give me a bell and let me know how you go? I agree #Mycroft's default voice is not #superamazing. (But #cudos to them for what they have achieved .. ) I'm going to spend today just turning the Living Room lights on and off and on and off and on and. .

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