Jisc TechDis commissioned CereProc to create two new high-quality, youthful and modern voices (TechDis Jack and TechDis Jess) that can be used with text-to-speech tools. Text-to-speech (TTS) technology allows text in electronic formats to be read out loud by synthetic voices or saved as MP3 files for later listening.

The natural-sounding, high-quality, youthful and modern synthetic voices – Jess and Jack were funded by BIS and free to use in publicly funded, post 16 education in England

The Voices improve the experience of using Text to Speech which can make a huge difference to anyone with a print impairment, dyslexia and those with literacy or language issues, because it helps with both understanding and accuracy. Text To Speech technology also allows text to be saved as MP3, enabling people to listen when it suits them; whilst traveling, exercising, multi-tasking, at work or at home – so TTS can really support flexible delivery and has benefits for almost everyone.

The Voices are available to download from the HEA website until the end of August, after which they can continue to be used across a college network or by learners at home.

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