The family at Acapela is growing with the addition of Sharon, a new female voice which was debuted recently. Sharon is an expressive female voice which features some rather natural intonations. Here's a sample posted to Soundcloud of Sharon reading part of a Sherlock Holmes mystery. You can try it out for yourself with Acapela's interactive demo. Acapela voices are available in a variety of screen readers and apps including NVDA on Windows where she is available now, as a download on Android, and as an add-on for Voice Dream apps on iOS. No word on when Sharon will make an appearance on other platforms. Thanks to Jason for the tip on NVDA.Source: Acapela Group
Sharon sounds great but there were a number of voices on that sample and I liked Scottish Rhona even more and did anyone clock the singing? How long until someone puts a piano behind that and it gets tweeted out somewhere I wonder? That was a seriously clever piece of coding!
darknexus Thursday, 19-Feb-2015 9:50 PM ET:
Sounds like it's based from the same model as Rhona, or at least from someone with similar voice characteristics. It's a bit too expressive for my taste, but certainly better than Nuance Ava. Still a fan of Rachel over all their other English voices.
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