What You Need

While we could develop this project on Windows using Microsoft’s Speech API or on Linux using the open source Festival project, I chose the Mac platform because I personally find the Text-to-Speech (TTS) renditions in OS X 10.7 (aka Lion) to be the best of the voices that ship between the three operating systems. Most Mac users don’t know these voices exist, let alone that downloading additional OS X voices can expand your choices.

Here are the items you will need to put this project into action:

  • An Apple Mac computer running OS X 10.7 (Lion) or higher

  • A home stereo with standard 3.5mm or RCA audio input jacks

  • One of the following:

    • A male-to-male stereo miniplug cable to connect the Mac to your home stereo, or

    • A 3.5mm ...

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