Ah! I don’t use voice assistants on my devices, otherwise I should perhaps have recognized her.
This is very kind of you, thank you so much! But I think there is no need. I asked this question more in order to understand how you are making your videos.
Thanks for this link, I will check it out. I see they have quite a few European voices, but no Asian ones. So far we haven’t, for example, found any Sinhalese TTS voice anywhere.
Voice is working with TTS voices by Amazon Web Services’s service called Polly. There are voices in different languages, and currently we are using four different English voices, three German ones, and one for speaking Pali which originally has been trained for Hindi by Amazon.
AWS allows to edit pronunciation for the voices to a certain degree, so we have already done a lot of work to customize especially Aditi, the Pali voice, and meanwhile she is able to speak pretty reasonable Pali. And also the other language voices have received some pronunciation editing, and more is still to be done.
Voice can use both cached pieces of sound and sound that is generated on demand from Polly. If someone uses Voice to listen to a Sutta that has already been listened to, Voice will use the cached sounds. If someone listens to a new Sutta, or a translator or a pronunciation editor has made some changes to a particular segment in a Sutta, Voice has to request this sound from Polly.
In this way we try to minimize costs by caching sounds so they don’t need to be requested from Polly each time, and at the same time Voice can adapt to changes made to the texts—which is happening quite regularly for translations; the Pali root text however is pretty much considered as settled.
Yes, to me too listening brings the Suttas to a deeper level of my mind. I also used to read along while listening—in Voice you can do both at the same time on the same device. But recently I also like to listen while walking, so I can’t read at the same time. This is again a different experience!
Yes, and for those with a week vision it is the only way to access the Suttas.
Therefore, thank you again for sharing your videos and making them available to everybody!
Karl and I believe in the squirrel strategy: Hide your nuts in many different places, and if you forget one, or something happens there, there is always something else that remains! So you are creating one repository of Dhamma nuts, Voice has another one, and SuttaCentral again another one!
Let us all be Dhamma squirrels!