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I wanted to change the digital voice of the game.  The typical "Mission Success, all enemy forces have been eliminated" female digitized voice.  It sounds like Microsoft Zira which to me is the most unnatural one.  So I was looking to change it to Mark who I think is much more natural.  I looked it up in Mission Editor and it looks like these are not Text to Speech engine but recorded sound files?

 

Digital voice or "Text to Speech" has gotten a lot better and natural in recent years.  Siri, Google, Alexa, are all complete digital voices.

I wish to have actual "Text to Speech" engine implemented in DCS.  Not only more natural ones are available, we can finally have different voices for different missions.  There are different accents too.  UK, Australia, Canada...


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On 1/11/2021 at 3:58 AM, Taz1004 said:

These are some examples of fully digitized voices today.  From Amazon Polly

 

Newscaster Voice

 

Conversational Voice

 

And most of them already have the API.

 

Wow that is impressive. Id like to see that on DCS...

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15 minutes ago, rayrayblues said:

I disagree, they both sounded unnatural to me. A little bit clipped.

Granted, the tech is light years better than Max Headroom, but still

not quite there IMHO.

 

Really.  You think current in-game female digitized voice "Mission accomplished, you may RTB or engage targets of opportunity" is better?  I think Max Headroom was actually better than her.  Not surprising since Max Headroom actually was voice actor.

 

What's worse is those digitized voices in game are sound files.  People ask why training missions are always outdated.  It's because they have to re-record sound files whenever something changes.

 

Text to speech engine can also vary tones and expressions.  Sad, happy...  Doesn't have to be same voice all the time.


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That's not what I said. I was referring to the two sound samples you provided. They are a vast improvement over what we have, but still sound a bit off to my ears.

I agree that we definitely need better voices and those samples would be just fine. All I meant was that they still sound like digital voices.

I was trying to be a little humorous with the Max Headroom comment,

I know he was voiced by Matt Frewer who did a great job of exaggerating a digital character. (digital, get it?)

I am a old blues and jazz musician. I have sensitive ears and I still believe that vinyl records sound better than CD's. 


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Text-to-Speech is sorely needed. Currently mission designers use pre-recorded sound files. That works only for missions that follow a rigid script. 

It doesn't work in dynamic missions. How for example would a mission call out the coordinates of a dynamically generated unit, whose spawning location is determined by live lua script and depends on the exact mission state. What is needed is a trigger.action.outTextToSpeech() in analogy to trigger.action.outText().

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I’ve never heard this digitized voice in the game. What is it?

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10 hours ago, rayrayblues said:

I disagree, they both sounded unnatural to me. A little bit clipped.

Granted, the tech is light years better than Max Headroom, but still

not quite there IMHO.

Still better that what we have now? I don't like how numbers/indications are pronounced on DCS right now like that all is "disconnected". Not fluent.
 
English isn't my natural language so maybe I don't notice all the imperfection. But to me, it's better than what we have right now.
 
For now, the best I have seen so far, but again, perfection is what we have in the ATC of the last commercial SIM released in 2020. (Don't know if I can say the name?)

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