[linux-audio-user] Text to MP3

Wolfgang Woehl tito at rumford.de
Wed Nov 23 17:09:31 EST 2005

Terrence <terrencevak-lau at terrencevak.net>:
> Hello, all,
>  Does anyone know if there's a way to convert text files to MP3s
> in Linux?  I'd like to be able to take some of my text files and make
> audio out of them so I can listen to them while walking.

"mbrola" (free-beer license, closed source from academic sector) takes a 
list of phonemes as input to create audio output. So you need a 
language specific text-to-phonemes tool. The mbrola site has links for 
those (festival, txt2pho etc.). To turn textfiles into ogg/mp3 you 
would setup a chain of shell pipes like

cat textfile | txt2pho | mbrola voicefile - - | encoder

Are you a noisecore person? You'd then just get rid of parts 2 and 3 of 
that very chain of course.


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