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Aculab has unveiled the latest version of its text-to-speech (TTS) software, which now features five languages, including Latin American Spanish, as well as variants in voice styles. Providing a number of pre-configured versions for each voice, Aculab's new release of TTS allows developers to choose from up to 10 stylistic variants. These include a range of formal, semi-formal and casual options for both male and female voices. Voice styles can provide useful alternatives, not only to the degree of formality but to attitudes or tones of voice, enabling different personalities to be portrayed. Aculab's "international" accent is also made widely available in this version of TTS. This has been carefully designed to give a clearer output, making it acceptable and intelligible to all English-speaking customers. New intonation and duration modeling in Aculab TTS takes into account the structure of the words and phrases to be spoken and gives the appropriate emphasis, producing intelligible natural rhythmic speech. Aculab TTS incorporates a sophisticated model of pitch range and variation, which ensures that the intonation is clear and meaningful. It also adds the right amount of natural variation, avoiding monotonous and erratic extremes. 763 9281
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Title Annotation:Aculab's TTS
Publication:Customer Interaction Solutions
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2002
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