Program to Customize TTS Voices

 

If you've ever wanted to modify your TTS voice file, here's an easy program http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/TTSVoiceEditor

I tested it on my 750 and it works perfectly. I finally got rid of the annoying "recalculating"!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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love it

cjseaman wrote:

to Jill:

"recalculating" to "Hey, bone head, pay attention and follow me"
"Lost satellite reception" to "Aw crap, I've lost satellite reception"
"please drive to the highlighted route" to "Come on, follow me"
"searching for satellite" to "Give me a minute, I'm searching for satellites"

BTW Gadgetguy, thanks for posting the link to this cool program.

Love it....LOL

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Garmin DriveSmart 61

Do not change the VPM name!

Bern39 wrote:
GadgetGuy2008 wrote:

If you've ever wanted to modify your TTS voice file, here's an easy program http://www.gpsreview.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7824

I tested it on my 750 and it works perfectly. I finally got rid of the annoying "recalculating"!!

I'm somewhat confused between the README that comes with the download versus some things you say on your discussion group versus what really happened when I used TTSVoice Editor.

I copy/renamed a voice file on the Garmin itself to backup the file. I changed the filename slightly, not the extension (i.e. left as vpm). Then I directly edited the orig. file on the Garmin, changing the screen name, the speed, and a few words, and saved the file back as the original name.

When I disconnected the GPS from the computer and tried a few things (so far just simulating driving in the house), I hear the speed-up but don't see the changed words such as from "Acquiring Satellites" to "Satellites, are you up there".

I went back into TTSVoiceEditor and changed screen name again but it didn't change anything that I can see. I haven't powered off GPS with all of this.

Bernie

Hi Bernie,

If you rename the VPM file on your GPS. make sure to change the extension to something different from .vpm (try .vpm1). Otherwise, this will confuse the GPS.

Then, edit the original VPM. You may change the screen name, but you need to save the VPM using the original name and copy it back to the GPS.

If you do this, it will work. Your are having problems because you left the original VPM with an extension .vpm.

Turbo

Just What I was Lookin 4

thanks!

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Flip Garmin Street P.330 Garmin 255WT Garmin LM50

This thread is still alive!

Read through 10 pages of replies. All right, it was snowing again, all day, in Virginia so I read all of the replies in this thread. I downloaded the TTSVoiceEditor and added my own variations to the Garmin Australian Karen, like Hang a Right or Hang a Hang a left... took myself out to dinner to celebrate my birthday and laughed my butt off all the way there and back. I'm gonna have fun with this.. Thanks guys, and Ladies.

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USN Recon Heavy Attack Squadron 1, Smoking Tigers. --- Zumo 550 mounted on Harley handlebars.

So, you say it's your birthday...?

berettag wrote:

... took myself out to dinner to celebrate my birthday and laughed my butt off all the way there and back.

Happy B'Day, mate!

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

Don't read the 10 pages...

We have to find a way to tell people not to read all those 10 pages... LOL! Poor guy! At least, he had some fun in the end. razz

Happy B.

Glad this was brought back to the top.

This is so funny..I missed it the first time around...Augusts are Really busy for me. and I love reading the 10 pages...too. some people got really creative...I can only wait to add this along with Dr Nightmares voice...lol

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Dave_ Nuvi 660 , 760,1490LMT Wooster, Ohio

Nuvi 660 changes.... Some don't ......

I've been changing what the Nuvi 660 says for over a month now.... I believe I've discovered what can and can't be done....

However, there are some phrases in TTS file that I've never heard before...

For example:
"Ready to Navagate"
"Welcome to Garmin"
"External power lost"
"Lost Satellite reception"
"searching for satellites"
"GPS is oph"
"Please go the highlighted route" (Instead of drive)

I've never heard these Phrases on a Nuvi 660..

If you have, during what activity?

Thanks

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A 2689LMT in both our cars that we love... and a Nuvi 660 with Lifetime Maps that we have had literally forever.... And a 2011 Ford Escape with Nav System that is totally ignored!

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JanJ wrote:

However, there are some phrases in TTS file that I've never heard before...

"Lost Satellite reception" - When you go into a long tunnel or underground parking.
"searching for satellites" - when you come out of a tunnel.
"Please go the highlighted route" (Instead of drive) - I get this when I'm in a parking lot or other area not showing streets.

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

anyone know....

Anyone know if there's something similar for those of us running Macs?

(Yeah, I know I could run bootcamp but then I have to buy Windows to run in bootcamp, etc.)

Or does anyone know if this could be run using Crossover? (http://www.codeweavers.com/)

Bump!

This is a very long thread. I bumped it for new members that may have missed this fun software that allows you to change the TTS voices on your GPS. Tired of "Recalculating"? Have a look here:

http://turboccc.wikispaces.com/TTSVoiceEditor

It is pretty fool proof!

Turbo

Turboccc

agreed.....BTW I simply deleted the "recalculating" so now I can see some "off route" scenery without the constant "dummy" reminder!

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Tom

Compatability

Will this program run on Windows 7 64bit?

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Zuma314

Compatability

Will this program run on Windows 7 64 bit?

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Zuma314

Yes

zuma314 wrote:

Will this program run on Windows 7 64 bit?

I have used it without a hitch.

TTS VE 2.84

I just started working with this program and find it a joy! One suggestion: make the file:open/save have a confirming option. (don't ask me why).

Change 68: recalculating
to:
(my name), you missed the freaking turn! OK fine. Do it your way.

Changed a few others too. Got a laugh out of my wife with one of my early versions where the GPS suggested that I let her drive (after missing a turn).

I'd like to see some other creative ideas others have come up with to replace some of the stock words/phrases.

Using Karen
nuvi 1690, v 3.60
Windows 7/64 bit

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nuvi 1690 with ecoRoute HD, SP2610 (retired), Edge 305, Forerunner 405

Thanks. Have to try it

Thanks. Have to try it sometime.

The fun never stops with this!

speedlever wrote:

I just started working with this program and find it a joy! One suggestion: make the file:open/save have a confirming option. (don't ask me why).

Change 68: recalculating
to:
(my name), you missed the freaking turn! OK fine. Do it your way.

Changed a few others too. Got a laugh out of my wife with one of my early versions where the GPS suggested that I let her drive (after missing a turn).

I'd like to see some other creative ideas others have come up with to replace some of the stock words/phrases.

Using Karen
nuvi 1690, v 3.60
Windows 7/64 bit

The fun never stops with this!

Using the commas for dramatic pauses is great.

I've gotten a ton of laughs from changing the "recalculating" to similar funny sayings. I almost look for times to make a wrong turn intentionally when someone new is in the car just to see their reaction!

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Garmin c340, Nuvi 350, Nuvi 765T, Nuvi 2360LMT

pauses

flaco wrote:

This are the changes I made

Ready to Navigate > Ok I am ready to go

Recalculating > Dummy listen to me

Please drive to highlighted route > OK S_ _ _ head drive to highlighted route

Lost satellite reception > S _ _ _ now we are really lost

I wish there was a way to insert a pause between words, it is hard to make out what it is saying when the whole phrase is spoken without pauses, I'll try inserting spaces between words and see if that makes the pauses I need.

use multiple commas for longer pauses - I think periods help too. It may look a bit funny when typed, but sounds great when spoken

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Garmin c340, Nuvi 350, Nuvi 765T, Nuvi 2360LMT

Phrases

flaco wrote:

This are the changes I made

Ready to Navigate > Ok I am ready to go

Recalculating > Dummy listen to me

Please drive to highlighted route > OK S_ _ _ head drive to highlighted route

Lost satellite reception > S _ _ _ now we are really lost

I wish there was a way to insert a pause between words, it is hard to make out what it is saying when the whole phrase is spoken without pauses, I'll try inserting spaces between words and see if that makes the pauses I need.

We refer to Dr. Nightmare as "Boris" in an off-handed tribute to one of the greatest horror film actors during the 50s and 60s, Boris Karloff. Recalculating has become Boris, magic book please. I have even more fun with U-turns, it now states Do the hokey-pokey and turn yourself about. The 'highlighted route' phrases have also been altered to variations of I put a magenta line on the map. Can you find it? Sometimes the line isn't displayed because it's on a road and you're in a large parking lot with a tight zoom.

Probably one of the better ones is Enter roundabout, and watch for idiots. I hate to say how many times i have been almost clipped because someone didn't yield to the car already in the circle.

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Illiterate? Write for free help.

Small changes...

Recalculating turned into "have it your way"

that's the most notable. Other small changed, and every month or so (when I drag the thing in for updates) I tweak something else.

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Nuvi 2460, 680, DATUM Tymserve 2100, Trimble Thunderbolt, Ham radio, Macintosh, Linux, Windows

TTS VE

Another nice thing about this program is that it allows you to change the volume of the selected voice. I'm still experimenting, but have changed Karen from 85 down to 40 in an attempt to find the right balance with BT audio. I think I may need to lower it some more.

Are all the different voices set to 85 for the default? Or does that depend on the GPS model?

There are some funny phrases/words others have come up with. I'd like to see a family friendly list.

One thing I thought of is that with the right phrases and appropriate pauses, you could simulate a conversation with the GPS... and amaze your passengers! But that would likely be a one shot deal and hardly worth the effort.

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nuvi 1690 with ecoRoute HD, SP2610 (retired), Edge 305, Forerunner 405

Virus

Tried to download the newest version 284, but Kaspersky wouldn't let me, saying it contains a backdoor virus. Tried to find a way to tell Turbo but couldn't find a way.
Be advised

Virus

Hi ralphy1,

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

I am not quite sure what to think, but just to change the binary, I recompiled TTSVoiceEditor with a new version number v285. I made the scan again and it seems to be clean. Please visit my site to get the latest version v285.

Best regards,

Turbo

Edit: I forgot to mention that the binary size did not change at all between v4.84 and v4.85 which leads me to conclude no virus was added to the file. In any cases, I removed any previous reference to v4.84.

Great information

Just saw this post today. Thanks

virus

turboccc wrote:

Hi ralphy1,

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

I am not quite sure what to think, but just to change the binary, I recompiled TTSVoiceEditor with a new version number v285. I made the scan again and it seems to be clean. Please visit my site to get the latest version v285.

Best regards,

Turbo

Edit: I forgot to mention that the binary size did not change at all between v4.84 and v4.85 which leads me to conclude no virus was added to the file. In any cases, I removed any previous reference to v4.84.

Thanks Turbo. Downloaded 285 with no problem.

new version

turboccc wrote:

Hi ralphy1,

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

I am not quite sure what to think, but just to change the binary, I recompiled TTSVoiceEditor with a new version number v285. I made the scan again and it seems to be clean. Please visit my site to get the latest version v285.

Best regards,

Turbo

Edit: I forgot to mention that the binary size did not change at all between v4.84 and v4.85 which leads me to conclude no virus was added to the file. In any cases, I removed any previous reference to v4.84.

I haven't downloaded a new version in a while, any new neat features?

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Garmin c340, Nuvi 350, Nuvi 765T, Nuvi 2360LMT

What's new?

No not really. I just added support for some new files. If you do not get an error and if you see the navigation prompt text, then no need to update.

pre made tts files

Instead of creating your own files, are there any sets of pre-made tts files that one can download for free and use in their garmin gps?

pre made tts files

No free pre-made TTS. They have to be designed to work with your Garmin GPS.

voices

thanks.

so what about these websites selling the voices?

they are not text-to-speech

neoneo wrote:

thanks.

so what about these websites selling the voices?

And can't be modified

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Illiterate? Write for free help.

backdoor trojan alert

turboccc wrote:

Hi ralphy1,

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

I am not quite sure what to think, but just to change the binary, I recompiled TTSVoiceEditor with a new version number v285. I made the scan again and it seems to be clean. Please visit my site to get the latest version v285.

Best regards,

Turbo

Edit: I forgot to mention that the binary size did not change at all between v4.84 and v4.85 which leads me to conclude no virus was added to the file. In any cases, I removed any previous reference to v4.84.

turboccc,

I just started getting this backdoor notice a couple of days ago. I have submitted the file to Avira as a false positive and am waiting to hear back from them.

Meanwhile, here's a thread on the subject I started:
http://forums.gpsreview.net/viewtopic.php?t=20971

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nuvi 1690 with ecoRoute HD, SP2610 (retired), Edge 305, Forerunner 405

Trojan alert

I received an email from Avira support this morning *confirming* that this is a False Positive. They are supposed to fix this in an upcoming update.

turboCCC... you can rest easy now. wink

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nuvi 1690 with ecoRoute HD, SP2610 (retired), Edge 305, Forerunner 405

Program To Customize TTS Voices

Think this will work on a 755T or the 2360LTM....

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WLF

Work on a Streetpilot?

I read that this seems to work with a Streetpilot 2730 probably because it has MP3 capability BUT what about the Streetpilot 2720 that has no MP3 capability.

I have never been able to see the files when connected to my PC with the USB cable so I am guessing that I can not modify the files on a 2720. Right?

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@greenrl, correct.

@virus: great! I was out of idea.

Gonn abe trying it soon on French voices

I'm the only English speaker in the car...

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Ain't nuthin' never just right to do the things you wanna do when you wanna do them, so you best just go ahead and do them anyway ! (Rancid Crabtree, from Pat F McManus fame)

Thanks!

turboccc wrote:

@greenrl, correct.

@virus: great! I was out of idea.

I've been using all your software for a while now. All I can say is thank you. It has made a boring device into something I carry with me every time I drive, just because it is fun now.

Any ideas if there is a (free preferably) program that can take a voice recording and convert that into a TTS profile? I assume "they" have something, as they are using celebrity voices (or not) to create the TTS voices they are selling. I've been searching and all I see is "services" that do this (at a high price I may add).
Maybe this software is a highly guarded secret? I don't see any commercial versions either (maybe I haven't searched in the right places?)

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Garmin nuvi 1300LM with 4GB SD card Garmin nuvi 200W with 4GB SD card Garmin nuvi 260W with 4GB SD card r.i.p.

TTS Creation

@Thanos_of_MW,

Oh no! Creating TTS is not possible for us. Even Garmin buy the TTS engine from Nuances. Most probably Nuances provides some tools for Garmin to convert voices to TTS, but it is a very complicated process even for those who have the right tools.

First, you have to record voices and extract the phonems. It does not look like it, but there are more phonems than we may think. You need also to have the phonems at the right speech level. Just try to make a non-TTS voice for fun. You will see it is already very difficult to speak all the words correctly so it sounds nice when the GPS joins a few of those words together.

In conclusion, better to use the existing TTS voices. If you want to have fun, make your own non-TTS voice.

Best regards,

Turbo

Thanks!

turboccc wrote:

@Thanos_of_MW,

Oh no! Creating TTS is not possible for us. Even Garmin buy the TTS engine from Nuances. Most probably Nuances provides some tools for Garmin to convert voices to TTS, but it is a very complicated process even for those who have the right tools.

First, you have to record voices and extract the phonems. It does not look like it, but there are more phonems than we may think. You need also to have the phonems at the right speech level. Just try to make a non-TTS voice for fun. You will see it is already very difficult to speak all the words correctly so it sounds nice when the GPS joins a few of those words together.

In conclusion, better to use the existing TTS voices. If you want to have fun, make your own non-TTS voice.

Best regards,

Turbo

No wonder all I see it is services with their own recording studios. Thanks for the explanation. I guess I'll have to go the non-TTS route.

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Garmin nuvi 1300LM with 4GB SD card Garmin nuvi 200W with 4GB SD card Garmin nuvi 260W with 4GB SD card r.i.p.

Garmin 660 voice

I am anxious to try this. The voice on my garmin 660 is difficult to understand. When she says "left" it sounds more like "le". Am I the only one with this problem??

Thanks!

not really

Tootiebug wrote:

I am anxious to try this. The voice on my garmin 660 is difficult to understand. When she says "left" it sounds more like "le". Am I the only one with this problem??

Thanks!

I have not had that problem, but I do notice some words that either sound awkward or are hard to understand. I've used this program to modify some words to sound the way they should. It may look a bit funny in when typed out in the program, but sounds great.

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Garmin c340, Nuvi 350, Nuvi 765T, Nuvi 2360LMT

Nuvi 200 & custom voices

>>It sounds like you are changing to stock voice instructions file, not TTS. This should work for the 200 then, right?

I have the 200, and could not use custom voices. The only one I was able to add was an English male voice (can't remember where I downloaded it from).

Virus in 2.85, 2.89 seems OK for now

Last night, NIS 2011 identified TTSVoiceEditor.exe as containing Trojan.Gen. It did not do that before (scanning twice a week). So today I downloaded version 2.89 and it passes the scan without problem so far. Why the virus detectors find a virus/trojan in these files but only after awhile is beyond me.

One more point about 2.89: The About window still says 2.85.

No virus

There's no virus, it's a false positive.

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Yes, weird things are happening. I have another tool called RGN_Tool. Avira AntiVir was also accepting the file. Yesterday, it decided it was not good anymore. I wonder.

Audio file corrupted

I received an email yesterday about TTS Voice Editor not working on the 295W. It seems that Garmin is now checking the file checksum with a value stored in the VPM. Any changes made to the VPM would make the file checksum different and the 295W reports a file corrupted message.

So far, this seems to happen only on the 295W model. I know where the checksum is stored. I am working on a fix. I just wanted to let you know.

Turbo

TTS Voice Editor

Thanks for posting this Gadget Guy!!! This program is fun and works great on my Garmin 1490LMT. Makes those routes a bit more entertaining and unique.

Changes

I keep meaning to make a few changes but never seem to get around to it.

My unit always calls the abbreviation BR "branch" rather than "Business Route".

I travel around Northern California for work and it always calls Holiday Inn Express "Holiday Inn Expressway".

I don't need to change "recalculating" to something longer. It's annoying enough as it is.

Maybe someday I'll get around to making the changes....

EDIT:
Bummer. Apparently I can't use this program to make those types of changes. I guess I'm just stuck with "branch", "expressway" and other mispronunciations of that sort.

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GPSMAP 76CSx - nüvi 760 - nüvi 200 - GPSMAP 78S
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