Re: [orca-list] [ANNOUNCE] libao (new audio driver for speechd including working pulseaudio support).

I am using gentoo,  speech-dispatcher 0.6.7, with use flags of espeak
python -flite -nas -pulseaudio and am not experiencing the interrupt
problems mentioned.  Now when I upgraded this time the languages were
all messed up, I put raise capital pitch to 5 (was 0) and explicitly
told speechd.conf to use espeak as the default english voice and it
seems to be working now.  The whole thing is quite strange.  Maybe mine
works because I still have one of those old sblive cards -- would not
give that up for anything as the hdintel and other drivers don't seem to
do mixing at all -- I wish there were a solution for that as I have
other boxes where it would be nice.  Sorry to ramble on so, but I
thought it might help in your current implementations.

Halim Sahin <halim sahin t-online de> wrote:

Hello Luke,
On Fr, Dez 18, 2009 at 03:53:07 +1100, Luke Yelavich wrote:

As an initial patch, it certainly works very well. No break up of
audio being sent to pulse, and generally ok responsiveness. However,
when reviewing lines of text in the terminal for example, it doesn't
stop speaking the previous text and speak the new text quickly enough
for my taste, and flushing speech by pressing control takes a bit too
long too.

I can't confirm this!
Interupting speech works reliable here under Gentoo with pulse 0.9.19.
However we should try to find the reason for this.

I also experienced the issues others have reported with reviewing
individual letters, and letters not being spoken. I think its buffering
related, and libao doesn't play the buffer unless there is a minum
amount of audio to be played.

I think libao is not the problem here because 
I checked the pulse code of libao and couldn't find any bufering stuff.
Another thing is that libao's alsa output doesn't have the mentioned

Hint: Selecting male3 voice in speech-dispatcher is a workarround for
this problem.
Unfortunately voice variants can't be selected in orca directly.

Anyway, with further tweaking, I hope we can get this to a usable
solution for speech-dispatcher.

Yea, that's it.

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