[CQ-Contest] Synthesizer Opinions....
dx35 at hilding.com
Mon Jan 24 14:38:13 EST 2005
Gerry, W1VE posted:
- My "glue" to make this an actual contest keyer was a Visual Basic program.
I use Writelog -- with Writelog is very easy to get the callsign entered, as
well as the current frequency of the radios. My program "took over" the
F1-F12 keys, as well as INSERT/DELETE, and the + sign on the numeric keypad.
I simply mapped these keystrokes to the appropriate text for the synthesizer
to speak. I decoded callsigns to speak the phonetics rather than the
Tnx for all the FB detailed info, Gerry. A few more questions that may
also be of interest to other voice-automation aficionados:
1. When you say your program "took over" the F1-F12 & other keys in WL,
were these for various "SSB Message" option uses
like: <callsign.wav><space.wav><name.wav><state.wav> type string
customation? Or, unique program-exclusive use necessary for your VB
creation opertion, which then would decrease the number of SSB message
user-desired options available? FYI, I'm the one who "hounded" Wayne to
increase the WL SSB message options from 10 to 20, but I still see a need
for 10 more in order to fine-tune SSB automation for lengthy exchange
contests like SS for specific logical reasons :-)
2. My initial investigation into the AT&T Human voice fonts (vs.
synthesizer) resulted in what appears to be the need for a "Commerical"
type distribution licensing arrangement *IF* any type of "broadcast over
airwaves" is done. I plan to pursue this to try and get AT&T to modify
their pricing schema since Amateur Radio use (IMHO) for non-profit purposes
should not be lumped together with "Commerical" broadcast pricing. A long
shot, but I'll take it. Have you checked out any "broadcast" related
licensing issues with Microsoft and the AT&T Natural Voice reference
included in your post?
3. I'm sure there are others who have asked (or will) about the
possibilities of using their own voice. FYI, the initial response to my
question about doing this with AT&T's technology resulted in a price tag of
approx. "$200,000". My gosh...a person could build a Super-Station for
this! Methinks there may be a lesser cost way of doing it and
investigation thereof has been added to the large "To Do" list ;-(
Congrats on your trailblazing QRV with this voice-automation stuff & TNX
again for sharing with all ofus.
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