How do I go about creating some speech synthesized audio files of a handful of made-up words?
February 5, 2010 10:34 AM Subscribe
I need to create about 8 gender-neutral, speech-synthesized audio files of variants of a made up word for a research project I'm working on. What program should I use to do this? Is there a really simple way to complete this task? What's a good resource or tutorial that I can walk myself through?
posted by iamkimiam to Technology (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The audio samples need to be as simple and similar to each other as possible (just tweaked versions of basically the same thing, where I've swapped out one consonant or cardinal vowel sound for another). I don't have a lot of time to spend on this, but need to do what's necessary to create the most scientifically sound (ha!), unmarked (neutral/canonical) forms.
I am well versed in phonetics, phonology, morphology, speech acoustics, etc., but I haven't had the opportunity to create digital sound files from scratch before now.
Bonus if this can be done in Praat or Audacity (neither of which I'm terribly familiar with, but both of which have academic chops that will make explaining my methodology much easier).