Friday, September 08, 2006


And now for something completely different...

If you happen to have shockwave and flash, then below you will see this box with an arrow in it. Press the arrow to watch the HPLHS trailer for The Call of Cthulhu, which I talked about two posts back. I promise you it is quite nice!

And now back to our regularly scheduled program: Creating chapters for an audiobook using dspeech. Dspeech is a homegrown TTS engine that has a variety of interesting applications and abilities, including speech recognition. So you could concievably have a conversation with this program if you have enough context sensitive responses plugged in. But I have no need for that. The nifty thing in this program is being able to create chaptered audio files.

Huh? Well, that means that it will take one big block of text and depending on how you want to break it up, it will encode the wav or mp3 into several files. You can have a preset time of 5, 10, 20 and 30 minute segments or have a custom TAG that will create the segments based on exactly where you want.

For instance you paste an entire book of text into dspeech. The text has chapter headings. At each chapter heading (except for the first chapter, because it doesn't need to be told when to start when it's at the beginning of a book) you do something like this:


Chapter 2

And then go here and select "fully custom":
Options/audio book creation/split wav and mp3 files/fully custom (use BREAK keyword only)

This tells dspeech to start a new audio file at #BREAK. When you save, it will generate a new directory and put all of the new files in it with each numbered appropriately. Also the TTS will say the name of the file at the beginning of each audio.

So that is how you automatically make your chaptered audios.

Well, The SPIDER is too busy to play with computers, but I bet he's #BREAKING peoples' heads and taking names...

He ordered the fire truck on which he rode sent swiftly forward. His mind was made up. He would leave Mallory, "Colonel" Mallory, in charge and go back to New York City. Somewhere there, the Master of the Plague still ruled, and the Spider's task would not be done until he affixed his small crimson seal to the butcher's forehead! The Spider's lips were smiling as he shot forward. Tomorrow, he would be able to join in a decisive battle against the Plague Master!

So let's see what happens next in THE CHOLERA KING, Chapter NINE; Death for the Spider!
(right click and "save target as" to download)
The SPIDER IS (C) 2006 Argosy Communications, Inc

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