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The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release => General UQM Discussion => Topic started by: Crowley on September 09, 2014, 09:44:22 pm



Title: SC3-style Orz speech
Post by: Crowley on September 09, 2014, 09:44:22 pm
As full of missteps as Star Control 3 was, one of the things I really liked was how the speech for Orz was handled. The words in *asterisks* were spoken in a different voice that sounded like a monotone computer speech synthesis. I've been thinking about making this for Ur-Quan Masters, and I finally got around to giving it a shot myself. Being the *silly cow* I am, I grabbed the longest audio file and worked through it with Audacity and voice clips from an open source speech synthesis program. Here's the result, and hopefully people will be interested in giving it a listen:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/42xgmxm899hfop8/orz-017-synth.zip

Feel free to give me feedback on this. I would be especially interested if anyone can point me towards a speech synthesis program that might give a better fitting sound.

Hopefully fudging with the speech files like this is allowed.


Title: Re: SC3-style Orz speech
Post by: Julie.chan on September 09, 2014, 10:59:51 pm
Hopefully fudging with the speech files like this is allowed.

Yeah, all UQM's data is under CC BY-NC-SA.


Title: Re: SC3-style Orz speech
Post by: Crowley on September 24, 2014, 09:57:23 am
Two weeks and no comments about the actual speech file? I guess I'll just go ahead with what I've got then, even if it's just for my own use.


Title: Re: SC3-style Orz speech
Post by: Kohr-Ah Death on September 26, 2014, 03:34:38 am
It's a slow forum.

After listening to your sample I find that it is too jarring and takes your head out of the game when you go with a completely synthesized voice.

Maybe modifying the actual audio itself so that it is still the Orz voice but much lower or higher in tone depending on the inflection.


Title: Re: SC3-style Orz speech
Post by: oldlaptop on September 26, 2014, 04:44:12 pm
Two weeks and no comments about the actual speech file?

*All* UQM data, including voice files, are under CC-BY-NC-SA - better? :)


Title: Re: SC3-style Orz speech
Post by: Antsan on November 11, 2014, 06:05:07 pm
I like it, although I think the sudden absence of filters makes it quite strange.


Another thought: What we hear cannot be what the aliens actually say and it's quite stretch to say that we even hear their voices. What we hear is output produced by a speech synthesis system (which may try to... uhm.. preserve a bit of the original characteristic of the... voice of what it's translating, if the concept of "voice" even applies (which seems to be the case in most instances)).
One could create a voice set based on that.