Alright, I’m not really sure why anyone would need to do this, but it is really cool, so I had to share it with you all! This Web site transfers text to speech and you can then download it as an MP3 or iPod file. Cool, huh?!
To get started, you will need to register. Don’t worry, it’s free and it only takes a few seconds to do. Once you’re registered, you can log right in and get started.
When you’ve logged in, you will notice near the middle of the page, there is a Quick Start guide for you to listen to. That will really help you in getting started and understanding how everything works, so I highly recommend starting there.
To start making a recording, click the Create a Recording button or go to the New Recording category on the side menu. Now, choose the person you want to read your text from the drop down box. Next, click the Choose button to have the document transferred from text to speech. Once you’ve found it, choose whether you want to be notified by e-mal when your recording is done, as well as, whether or not you want the recording to be public. Then just click the Record button. All you have to do now is wait for it to be done!
I have thought of several great uses for this as I was visiting the site. This would be a great site to use to translate things from text to speech for those individuals who are blind. You could translate e-mails, books and more for them to listen to. This would also be very handy for people who want to record some robotic text for a podcast. I’ve heard that done before and it is hilarious. There’s one voice on here that is very robotic and it works perfectly for it!
I recommend you do not leave the words per minute at 160. That makes them talk so fast and you can’t really make out what they’re saying.
If you have any trouble with the site, you may want to check out the FAQ section or the Help Tutorials. They may be able to help you troubleshoot your problem. The Help Tutorials are set up in a blog style and they have an archive, so you’ll probably want to search through them with the search engine in the top right corner of the page.
I think this is a very interesting site and it will be neat to see how many uses people have for it as it evolves over time. Enjoy!