04-20-2022, 10:27 PM
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I have been bouncing an idea around in my head for a good long time, so I decided to do a little experiment. A trial balloon, as it were… the only question being, how y’all like it?





Yes, it is the first chapter of my first book. But narrated for those times when want to listen instead of read, I guess.

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 04-21-2022, 08:12 AM
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Interesting idea, Hans.  
Not keen on the robotic voice, though.    

Maybe you could get a sultry vocalist like Norah Jones to narrate?  



Just a thought...
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 04-21-2022, 11:43 AM
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Hans, that was pretty cool Cool Exclamation

Did you enter the text into a text to voice program, or is there a visual/reader interface?

Either way, thanks for the entertainment Wink

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 04-21-2022, 03:18 PM
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It was fine for me once I got used to the robotic voice.  Are you doing the entire book as an audible?

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 04-21-2022, 10:55 PM
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Thanks for the feedback Smile

@Bax: I think she might be a little out of my budget, which is currently zero Tongue

@Chatz: Used a basic freeware TTS program that uses the built in voices in Windows... I have started looking for a better software/voice combo though.

@Ricardo: Not going to do an audiobook per se, I think (famous last words)

I am toying with the idea of doing a YouTube channel... as of today I got over 200 posts tagged as "patent" on my blog, so at a rate of two a month, that is over seven years worth of material. Even if I just uses the ones I've put in my semi-curated selections (i.e.: in my two (so far) books), that is almost six years worth. Or half that, if I do weekly videos.

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 05-11-2022, 08:58 PM
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Today there is a second take on that experiment, building on feedback I got - both here and elsewhere -  the first time around.





Different TTS-software. Shorter intro. Less static imagery. I still trying to work out the process of making videos like these, so I can do it smoothly and without too much frustration. Any additional feedback is still welcome.

Next draft may be more colourful. Or perhaps not. Depends on what people think Smile

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 05-12-2022, 04:25 AM
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The new TTS software is a big improvement, Hans.

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 05-12-2022, 08:56 AM
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I quite enjoyed the second version. The robot voice the first time was a bit too... uhmm... robotic, I guess...

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 06-01-2022, 11:05 PM
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There is an idiom in Norwegian, stating that “alle gode ting er tre”. The closest I know of in English is the phrase “third time is the charm”, which has a similar enough meaning.


So keep that in mind. This is, at this stage, a step by step process.

I have tried to take into account the feedback y’all have been kind enough to give. And it is because I wanted to try something several people around the internet mentioned, that this is coming a couple of weeks after the last try.





There is more movement now, even if nothing move. Call outs to the drawing is made as things are mentioned in the narration.


Personally I found the text to speech easier, although which is better is a more subjective issue. Another issue with using my own voice is – in addition to my butchering of the Queen’s Own English – my allergy issues. One reason this comes three weeks after the last experiment, is that I was quite stuffy.

Oh, and I found and corrected a typo in one of the slides.

As before, any additional feedback is welcome.

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