Gespeaker is a GTK+ frontend for eSpeak and Mbrola. It allows to play atext in several languages providing settings for voice, pitch, volume, speed and word gap. There's also the possibility of recording the text played to a WAV file.
Even though Gespeaker latest version (0.8.1-1 at the time of this writing) is dated from June 2010, the version in Ubuntu repositories is still 0.7.3, so in this article we'll install the latest version the project's repository.
Open a terminal window and run:
wget http://goo.gl/kWDhe -O gespeaker.deb | sudo dpkg -i gespeaker.deb | rm gespeaker.deb
Gespeaker can use Mbrola to play text with a more realistic speech. The installation of Mbrola support is accomplished in two steps:
First we need to install the
mbrolapackage running this on a terminal window:
sudo apt-get install mbrola -y
Then the package for a particular language must be installed. See here the available packages. For example, the command for installing the Portuguese language is:
sudo apt-get install mbrola-pt1 -y
Gespeaker can be accessed via Applications Menu >Multimedia > Gespeaker or typing the following command: