Recommended summary of sentence reading software. 7 selections that can be used for commercial use [Free and paid]

Sept. 14, 2020

Do you know about text reading software?

Sentence reading software is software that converts documents such as texts and characters into voice and reads them aloud .

In addition to reading in Japanese, there are also multilingual versions such as English, Chinese, German, Spanish, and Italian.

You can freely change the speed of the sound, and some can be downloaded as an audio file such as .mp3.

You may think, "I don't have the opportunity to use such software."

However, text-to-speech software is far more familiar than we think.

And more text-reading software has been developed and sold today than it did 2-3 years ago, according to various purposes.

Even if you think you want to try to find a software to actually use it, there are many softwares that are not famous, and finding the software that suits your taste from the vast ocean of the Internet is quite difficult.

This time, we will introduce a total of 7 recommended sentence reading software, free and paid version.

There are a lot of recent text-reading softwares that read aloud like a human. I prepared the audio so please watch it!

I would like to try using a text-to-speech software, but many people think that it is a little bit expensive to buy.

For people like that, I will start introducing free softwares.

Free text-to-speech software

  • Text talk
  • SoftTalk
  • Stick reading
  • Coe station
  • Ondoku

Ondoku

 

Ondoku has a wide range of usage and free of charge. Also the sound quality is high and easy to listen to.

Since it can be used on the homepage, there is no need to install it on your computer or smartphone. You can feel free to use it anywhere.

It has a wide range of multilingual support and supports over 30 countries. The created audio can be downloaded immediately in MP3 format. It is also available for commercial use.

  • Price: 0 yen to 2,980 yen
  • Tone: Possible
  • Voice: 180+
  • Multilingual: over 30 languages
  • Commercial use: Possible
  • Operating environment: PC/smartphone with internet connection

Ondoku

Text talk

 

"Text talk" which adopted free text-to-speech system "Open JTalk".

Since the version has stopped updating on 02/03/2015, the quality is honestly not very good.

If you don't mind the quality, we recommend this.

  • Tone: Possible
  • Voice: 8 people
  • Multilingual: Japanese, English
  • Commercial use: Possible
  • Operating environment: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista

Text talk

SoftTalk

 

It is a so-called "slowly" voice color.

It sounds like a mechanical sound and is easy to hear. However, if you have subtitles below, you can listen to them and feel that they are unique.

It is a free software that allows you to fast forward and rewind text line by line, but you can make detailed setting.

For commercial use, some restrictions may be imposed by the voice synthesis engine library provider. Be sure to check it.

  • Tone: Possible
  • Voice: 5 people
  • Multilingual: Japanese, English
  • Commercial use: Partially possible
  • Operating environment: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista

SoftTalk

Stick reading

Stick reading is a software that incorporates AquesTalk.dll, which is the same as Softek's voice.

It has the same sound quality as Softoke, which uses the same engine.

It is said that you are using the old version of AquesTalk (for Win), so it can be used for commercial purposes.

It sounds like a mechanical sound and is easy to hear. However, if you have subtitles below, you can listen to them and feel that they are unique.

  • Tone: Possible
  • Voice: 8 people
  • Multilingual: English
  • Commercial use: Possible
  • Operating environment: Windows 7 or above

Stick reading

Coe station

 

COE STATION provided by COESTE Co., Ltd. is an epoch-making service that allows you to read your own voice and use it as a software.

You can improve the accuracy by reading the specified text pattern, and improve the quality of reading the text.

Currently, it is only available on smartphone so it can not be used on a PC.

  • Tone: Possible
  • Spoken: You
  • Multilingual: Japanese
  • Commercial use: No
  • Operating environment: iOS

Coe station

Next, I will introduce paid softwares. After all, when you pay for it, you will get pretty good quality.

Paid text reading software

  • VOICEROID+
  • Easy! AITalk3
  • Ondoku

VOICEROID+

 

VOICEROID+, a series that AHS Co., Ltd. has been selling since 2009.

The number of voices has increased steadily, and now VOICEROID+ has a lineup of 20 voices.

You can edit the reading and intonation. This kind of articulation work makes the sound even smoother as if it were read by a real human being.

It's a great software for those who want to make sound with elaboration.

You can also download the trial version on the official page.

Commercial licenses for individuals are also available for commercial use.

  • Price: 15,180 yen ~ / speaker
  • Tone: Detailed settings available
  • Voice: 20 people
  • Multilingual: Japanese, English
  • Commercial use: Available (purchased separately)
  • Operating environment: Windows 10, Windows 8.1

VOICEROID+

Easy! AITalk3

 

AITalk, a series sold by AI Corporation.

AITalk4 voice craftsmen for corporations are evolving steadily, with the number of speakers increasing to 17.

Easy! AITalk3 cannot be used for commercial or business use for individuals.

However, you can use the part that you think is "commercial use" such as narration for Youtube with a normal license.

For details on commercial use, see the FQA page.

  • Price: 16500 yen/5 speaker pack
  • Tone: Detailed settings available
  • Voice: 7 people
  • Multilingual: Japanese, English,
  • Commercial use: Basically not possible (depending on the case)
  • Operating environment: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7

Easy! AITalk3

List of sentence reading software

# Fee Reading accuracy (whether it is close to a human) Ease of output to audio file Ease of use (simpleness)
Text talk 0 Yen
SoftTalk 0 Yen
Stick reading 0 Yen
Coe station 0 Yen
Ondoku 0 Yen~
Easy! AITalk3 From 16,500 yen
VOCALOID+ 15,180 yen〜

Overall recommendation is

If you want to use it simply and intuitively, Ondoku ,

VOICEROID+ is for those who want to create their own tones.

There are various types of text-to-speech softwares!

I was surprised to find many other softwares as I investigated.

What surprised me the most was that text-to-speech software is being used for various purposes.

  • A service that can read daily news in just 5 minutes
  • Used for narration in a program called "Moyamoya Summers 2"
  • Used as a narration on YouTube

It has become a very familiar entity.

There are some softwares I couldn't cover here. We will introduce them on another occasion.

I hope you will check out other blogs and watch my Youtube channel!

I'm looking  forward to seeing you again.

I'm Ondoku, a read aloud text online app. Read aloud for free up to 5000 characters Sentences are read aloud in high quality and can be downloaded as MP3. Also, commercial use is possible, so please use Ondoku.
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