They have been developed by IVONA and feature their new BrightVoice™ technology which employs a new language model to provide intelligent interpretation of text, and crystal clear sound achieved using noise and distortion reduction. Not only that, the new text to speech engine is up to 10x faster than the previous version, which is a real advantage when converting lengthy ebooks into audiobooks.
I have also decided to remove from sale all of the Nuance Realspeak voices apart from the Australian voices Karen and Lee. The main reason for this is due to the licensing agreement placed on us by Nuance which makes it uneconomical to continue to offer a large selection of RealSpeak voices. However now that we can offer the premium IVONA voices in both US and UK accents, I don’t really think they will be missed. Note that existing customers who have purchased RealSpeak voices will still be supported.
2011 is going to be an exciting year for text to speech. As ebooks continue to take off, there is going to be more and more choice available to convert to audiobooks. I’m also hoping to finally be able to offer some high quality French, German and Spanish voices for use with Text2Go this year.
Happy New Year!