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Offline PeFu  
#1 Posted : 22 February 2020 08:42:39(UTC)
PeFu

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Well, this isn’t really a model railroad software request, however, the purpose is to use the result on the layout, so.... Cool

I have found this great sound, being the initial ”signal” part of Swiss station announcements:

https://freesound.org/pe...lankbeeld/sounds/381178/

Now, I’m looking for a Text-to-Speech (TTS) generator for Swiss German, spoken by a female. I want to use the TTS to generate (e.g. MP3, WAV) different station announcements, like:

”Schnellzüge aus Mattiasberg kommen jetzt auf Gleis 3 an”
”Achtung. Güterzüge fahren auf Gleis 2”

Has anyone seen such tool?

Once I have such sound files, it will be easy to add the Swiss signal, echo etc. I haven’t yet decided if I will go for the TrainController sound module for playing the sound, or test another solution.

Drool

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Offline Unholz  
#2 Posted : 22 February 2020 12:25:37(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: PeFu Go to Quoted Post

”Schnellzüge aus Mattiasberg kommen jetzt auf Gleis 3 an”
”Achtung. Güterzüge fahren auf Gleis 2”

Sorry, no idea with regard to your specific question, but please allow me to point out that "Schnellzüge" and "Güterzüge" are the plural forms which would rather not be used. More typical announcements would be:

a) "Achtung, auf Gleis 3 Ankunft (or Einfahrt) des Schnellzuges aus Mattiasberg!"
b) "Achung, auf Gleis 2 Durchfahrt eines Güterzuges!"

And contrary to what Märklin seems to believe, the announcements would not be made in Swiss German dialect. Wink
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Offline PeFu  
#3 Posted : 22 February 2020 15:32:59(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Unholz Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: PeFu Go to Quoted Post

”Schnellzüge aus Mattiasberg kommen jetzt auf Gleis 3 an”
”Achtung. Güterzüge fahren auf Gleis 2”

Sorry, no idea with regard to your specific question, but please allow me to point out that "Schnellzüge" and "Güterzüge" are the plural forms which would rather not be used. More typical announcements would be:

a) "Achtung, auf Gleis 3 Ankunft (or Einfahrt) des Schnellzuges aus Mattiasberg!"
b) "Achung, auf Gleis 2 Durchfahrt eines Güterzuges!"

And contrary to what Märklin seems to believe, the announcements would not be made in Swiss German dialect. Wink


Oh, I thought platform announcements were in Swiss German... I must have mixed this with some in-train announcements I recall. However, this makes it a lot easier, I found e.g. the following sites:

https://texttospeech.io/
https://www.naturalreaders.com/online/

Thanks Unholz, for your proposed announcemts!

How would you categorise railcars, like the Roter Pfeil or the RBe 4/4 in Switzerland? Triebwagen? Schienenbus? I’m trying to limit the number of announcements...

Blink
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Offline DaleSchultz  
#4 Posted : 22 February 2020 16:05:16(UTC)
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In my layout control software, I call down in the Windows text to speech functionality.

I installed the German language pack on my English windows and I can then generate any speech in English or German. I do this for all my announcements.
I do not know if they have a Swiss-German voice, if they do, install Swiss German language pack.

Dale
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Offline Unholz  
#5 Posted : 22 February 2020 18:16:48(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: PeFu Go to Quoted Post

How would you categorise railcars, like the Roter Pfeil or the RBe 4/4 in Switzerland? Triebwagen? Schienenbus? I’m trying to limit the number of announcements...

Definitely Triebwagen. The term Schienenbus is only common in Germany and perhaps also Austria.

Offline DaleSchultz  
#6 Posted : 22 February 2020 19:09:31(UTC)
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BTW, I have the capability to generate the .wav files from text using the German female voice, if you want to send me a few samples, I'll generate them for you.

Dale
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Offline DaleSchultz  
#7 Posted : 22 February 2020 19:14:39(UTC)
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see this thread: https://www.marklin-users.net/forum/posts/t36139-Station-announcements

It has a link to a file I generated
Dale
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Offline mike c  
#8 Posted : 22 February 2020 21:12:07(UTC)
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There used to be a website that had some genuine recordings and some fakes and bits you could use to create your own. let me check through my archives and see if I can find it and whether it is still active.

Regards

Mike C
Offline PeFu  
#9 Posted : 24 February 2020 17:46:52(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: mike c Go to Quoted Post
There used to be a website that had some genuine recordings and some fakes and bits you could use to create your own. let me check through my archives and see if I can find it and whether it is still active.

I found some nice platform announcements in this clip:



I did some testings:

First, I used Notevibes Text-to-Speech features to create some MP3's. German "Anika" did the job, and I set the voice speed to 0.8. Then I downloaded a "MP3 Editor for Free" from Tucows, in which I open those MP3 files. I changed the pitch to 95. I also insert 1,8 seconds of silence, and then use the "Mix File" feature to add the SBB chime to the beginning. I also added an echo, preset "Elvis Right Channel" to the sound project. This is an example of the result:

Gleis 2. Abfahrt des Schnellzuges nach Mattiasberg Lugano Milano.wav (761kb) downloaded 20 time(s).
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Offline Minok  
#10 Posted : 24 February 2020 21:21:48(UTC)
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Another option, if you know you dont need customized announcements based on whats on the layout, but just need a dozen or so fixed announcements you play back on demand, then I wonder if there is a "fiverr" sort of service where you could hire a swiss accent speaking german woman to record the announcements? Then you only need to add the 'large room' effect in audacity to get that echoie sound, and your golden.

Me, I'm going to be in Germany in August and plan to head down to Mannheim station with a boom mic and audio recorder and spend some time capturing audio for later use.
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Offline Unholz  
#11 Posted : 25 February 2020 08:28:46(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: mike c Go to Quoted Post
There used to be a website that had some genuine recordings and some fakes and bits you could use to create your own. let me check through my archives and see if I can find it and whether it is still active.


No, it is no longer active - you mean www....durchzug.....info, but please don't use this link now!

How about this YouTube collection of genuine recordings? [url]https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLQR396Cr222mkjXcUq]

Edited by moderator 27 February 2020 13:27:51(UTC)  | Reason: Do not use link !

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Offline hxmiesa  
#12 Posted : 25 February 2020 14:05:43(UTC)
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I use a software called "BALABOLKA" downloaded from the net.
It´s excellent, but I do not know if it has a swiss-german version.
-But it can definetly do all the other things you ask for.
Best regards
Henrik Hoexbroe ("The Dane In Spain")
http://hoexbroe.tripod.com
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