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    Linux speaker client

    I've always done HS3 on a windows platform...
    Thinking of going from HS3 -> HS4
    Also thinking of moving to Linux

    I realize that some plugins are not availalbe in Linux...I can deal with those...

    ..... But the big thing i cant figure out is
    • Is there a speaker client for Linux?

    OR does the speaker client still have to run on a windows platform?

    Realize this is probably a dumb question... but i did some searching in forum... and the answer didnt pop out to me.

    Thanks in advance
    Regards,

    Andrew B.

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    There is no speaker client for Linux but there is nothing to stop you running a client remotely on a Windows PC.

    Linux does not have SAPI Voices either (I think there are tricks to load them though) as they are a Windows format.

    Homeseer Linux uses Flite speech synthesis which sounds a bit robotic. It converts the voice to mp3 or wav which can then be played back and also used on HSTouch etc.

    You have several options to use Alexa and Google for TTS if you want to go down that route.

    There are also methods to use the online VoiceRSS service which gives you up to 350 requests per day.

    Jon

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      #3
      Kind of trout that was the caseā€¦ thank you for clarifying


      Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
      Regards,

      Andrew B.

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        #4
        Originally posted by jon00 View Post
        Linux does not have SAPI Voices either (I think there are tricks to load them though) as they are a Windows format.

        I use the Cepstral voices and they work quite well on a Raspberry Pi3. They support SAPI and other SSML embedded "commands". They also have versions for Windows, Mac, and other Linux platforms. In 2018 the higher quality voices were about $30 each. You can only purchase personal Linux licenses through support (you can't order them directly on the website). But they are quick to respond. They are also free to try, they just add a phrase in each call to the speech engine. They have 18 US English voices, as well as UK English, Canadian French, Americas Spanish, German and Italian. They also have one called "Dog" that I really should try one of these days.

        For a while I was using the Amazon voices. It was a major hassle to set up. And then they changed how they packaged things and how they priced things and I just gave up on it. Way too complicated. And it required a quality Internet connection to work. Cepstral is a download and a simple install and it all runs locally.

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