The great debate, HQ voices versus compact voices
I just came upon this thread while doing another search on here. I guess it only goes to show just how much great info is to be had here on AppleVis! Anyway, it appears that in El Capitan, both Compact and HQ voices are of very good quality. Curiosity once again got the best of me, so I played each voice sample in the VO Utility. But prior to today I preferred the HQ voices. Regarding speech rate, I generally prefer to keep mine at a conversational level. Pitch and intonation are somewhat a different story though. I like to vary those a lot. It would be awesome to have a breathiness setting as well.
Alex all the way! He breathes in just the right places, and pronunciation is pretty good!
I can't agree with you more. I really like Alex. I wonder how they got him to breathe. Apple's website says they gave him "human lung capacity," but I guess other than that it's a company secret. I was talking with a life-skills tutor here who works with a sister of mine, and they really like Alex as well. This tutor said that she thinks he's even better than Eloquence. I would honestly have to agree there also, even though I like Eloquence a lot.
Definitely agree on both points Jake. I, Too, keep my speech rate at conversational levels, I can't stand speech so fast where it just sounds like gibberish, sorry to those who like it fast! Alex is great, however I also use the InfoVox IVox acapella voices, especially the happy ones!
I hardly hear any word when speech so fast.
I would personally stick to Alex, but i sometimes use HQ Samantha.