Using Microsoft XML tags with SAPI5 TTS voices

When you press the Play button ClaroRead or WordRead uses the same speech settings (voice, volume, speed) for all of the text it reads out. Everything will sound the same. You might, however, want to put in pauses, or make some text louder, or lower-pitched, or use a different voice halfway through. ClaroRead lets you use Microsoft’s XML Tags to do this. You can alter which voice is used, put in pauses, change pitch and speed and many other things as ClaroRead speaks. This works for both text read out and text saved to audio files.

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Fixing broken or conflicting RealSpeak Solo voices

Nuance (previously ScanSoft) SAPI5 RealSpeak Solo voices must all be installed into the same directory on your machine. If this is not followed then the voices will appear in the Speech applet in Control Panel, or in your SAPI5 voice list in your speech-enabled program, but they will not work. This guide tells you how to fix all the RealSpeak voices on your machine.

You will need full admin rights on the local machine and you have to edit the registry.

1 Place all voice files in the same directory

You have to find all the voice files on your machine and move them all to the same directory. You can find them in these ways:

  1. Do a search on your hard disk(s) for a directory called “speech” which in turn contains the directories “components” and “rssolov4”.
  2. Perform the registry entry corrections in part 2 and take note of all the paths there.
  3. Check these locations (“Program Files” may be “Program Files (x86)” on 64-bit machines):
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