aka.speech crash

    Dec 28 2008 | 9:46 pm
    I use aka.speech and it keeps crashing Max after a couple of minutes.
    Does this happen to anyone else?
    Is there an alternative I could try? I was hoping to look at lspeak from the lobjecs but the ftp seems to be down :(

    • Dec 28 2008 | 10:59 pm
      If you're on mac OSX you can use applescript messages to Bill Orcutt's [shell] external. This patch should get you up and running in no time at all.
    • Dec 29 2008 | 2:17 am
      I downloaded a version from maxobjects but it doesn't work. I get an error: unknown external object type
      I have never seen this error before. Not quite sure what to make of it. Maybe it's Max 5's way of saying it's an old CFM external?
      Since yours is obviously working, could you tell me where you got it from? Maybe you could attach it?
      Much appreciated.
    • Dec 29 2008 | 2:22 am
      never mind just found a newer version that seems to work...
      let me have a look.
      thanks again
    • Dec 29 2008 | 6:10 am
      so far no crashes. thanks. I have to admit though that I don't understand the shell external at all... is there a way to control the speed as well??
    • Dec 29 2008 | 9:03 am
      Format your message to [shell] like this:
      osascript -e 'say "[[rate 160]] apples and pairs" using "Zarvox"'
      It seems to be like 160 is the default speed, you can go quite a lot slower but I've found that above about 300 things start getting unintelligible. You can also use [[emph +]] and [[emph -]] directly before a word to augment or subtract emphasis from it.
      The [shell] object helps you run command lines as if you were typing into Apple's Terminal application. I really only use it to run applescripts but I'm sure it is capable of a lot more.
    • Dec 29 2008 | 9:41 pm
      that's great. I will give it a try. thanks so much.
    • Jan 08 2009 | 7:22 pm
      I have a new question about the [shell] object if you don't mind.
      If I use plain old AppleScript in my Terminal I can run multiple texts simultaneously. With the shell object I can't. I have two objects set up and send each a different text at the same time. The texts are spoken one after the other. Is this a Max limitation, a shell limitation... or is there a workaround??