History of Speech Synthesis
Audio clips of synthetic speech illustrating
the history of the art and technology of
synthetically produced human speech.
The audio clips below are taken from Dennis Klatt's (1987), "Review of text-to-speech conversion for English" J. Acous. Soc. Amer. 82, 737-793 (complete text available online thanks to David Maxey) with accompanying LP audio disk bound with the journal. We obtained permission from Dan Martin (former General Editor, JASA) to reproduce these audio clips on the web as a public service.
See also the Smithsonian Speech Synthesis History Project by H. David Maxey for additional information on this topic.
The ASA retains the copyright to these recordings. For further details about the synthesis methods, see Klatt's article.
A few selected audio clips from Klatt's collection, plus one bonus audio clip.
Development of speech synthesizers.
Segmental synthesis by rule.
Synthesis-by-rule of segments and sentence prosody.
Automatic text-speech conversion.
(Don't read till after you have listened!)