5 free text-to-speech software for Mac
Sept. 19, 2020
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When you are searching for a text-to-speech software on the Internet, since you find it very useful, you will come to realize one thing.
That is, there are some restrictions on the OS that can be supported.
When looking for a software, you always have to worry about the OS.
Even if you find a software that you think "This software is great!," you cannot even try it if the OS is not supported.
Accordingly, when you search for text-to-speech software on the Internet, yes, there are many for Windows.
But what about the Mac? Obviously, there are much less.
Today, we are going to introduce the text-to-speech software that can be used by such Mac users.
Free text-to-speech software for Mac
These are the five major free text-to-speech software (sites) that can be used on Mac.
- Mac OS standard software
Mac OS standard software
Since OS X Yosemite (10.9), Mac OS standard software offers synthetic voice narration.
The types of voice available are:
- "Kyoko", a voice of a Japanese woman
- "Otoya", a voice of a Japanese man
You can access to the setting from
[System Preferences] → [Accessibility] → [Speech]
You can use it instantly on you Mac, so please give it a try.
Can we use Siri?
Many people think it is a good idea to use the voice of Siri, an AI assistant for Mac OS.
It seems that there is some way to do so.
[How to use]
- Enter the text you want to hear in a text memo
- Launch Siri
- Instruct Siri to read aloud the note
However, this may or may not work depending on your computer environment and Siri.
You can even say that it depends on the mood of Siri.
Stable operation cannot be expected; therefore, this method is not highly recommended.
This is a free text-to-speech software that is created using the speech synthesis library "AquesTalk" developed and sold by AQuest.
This software reads text aloud in the so-called "Yukkuri (slowly)" voice.
This software can be used for free of charge for personal use, but not for commercial use.
For business or for commercial use, a payment of license fee is required to AQuest Corp.
The developer is Mr. Yuichi Ito ( @yuichi110 ).
He has also published many books on programming languages and Python.
He is one of the people Ondoku respect.
This is the website version of Yukkuroido.
Since it is operated on the Website, there is no need to worry about the OS.
As well as Yukkuroido, this is a free text-to-speech software that is created using the speech synthesis library "AquesTalk" developed and sold by AQuest Corp.
Ondoku offers broad range of use for free, in high quality sound that is clear and easy to hear.
Since it can be used on the website, you can use it anywhere without installing it on your computer or smartphone.
It has wide multilingual support for over 30 languages. The generated audio file can be downloaded immediately in MP3 format. Commercial use is also allowed.
This is a website that offers text-to-speech conversion through
- "Kyoko", Mac OS standard software
- Android voice
Since there is no description on commercial use, it is necessary to inquire before using it for commercial purposes.
Let's try text-to-speech software
All of the 5 text-to-speech software introduced here can be used for free.
For the ones that operate on the website, you can use it immediately just by accessing the website.
The standard OS software for Mac is also in a quality that cannot be overlooked.
It may still be difficult to express emotions so rich as if it is actually spoken by human.
In particular, Japanese language has various writing system, such as kanji, hiragana, katakana, etc., which makes it more difficult to read aloud compared to other languages.
Sometimes, text-to-speech software makes an error in converting to speech.
But now, it sounds much more human-like than it was five years ago.
As long as text-to-speech software continues to evolve, the quality of speech will continue to improve.
We are in the future someone in the past dreamed of.
We, Ondoku, will continue to do our best to offer wonderful voice for you.
It would be great if you try Ondoku.
We look forward to seeing you.