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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Sep 7 2019 8:32 PM

Does anyone know how I change the voice to something more natural for the text to speech or the read-aloud feature? Is there a place to purchase premium voices?

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Sep 7 2019 8:43 PM

There are two kinds of "read aloud." The first is audio book. For those, you have to purchase them (or a few are free, like the Lexham English Bible and ESV). Most books do not have audiobook counterparts in Logos. 

The other kind of "read aloud" is a function of your computers operating system. There are various voices you can choose on Mac. I believe on PC, there are voices you can purchase. I have no experience with that. In any case, it is not a feature of Logos. Perhaps other users will chime in. 

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 8 2019 5:03 AM

Hi Blair:

Here's an old thread with some info on all that:  https://community.logos.com/forums/t/105782.aspx?PageIndex=1 

I don't know if the same companies still own the same voices, but you can start there.

EDIT: I did some checking around and it looks like Harpo currently has the best prices, i.e., a typical voice is 45USD (choose currency at top-right). The main program, Speech2Go, is 29USD. I assume this program provides the functionality of my old Ivona Reader, which I find very handy for making homemade audio books. But, I don't think the program is necessary if you want to just add the voice to Windows. Look around Harpo, you might find a package deal with Speech2Go with one more voices. They also sell non-Ivona voices; I don't know anything about those.

https://harposoftware.com/en/2-main/s-1/index/category-all 

Be careful at other sites; I saw another store where the Ivona voices were 99USD.

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