is a software application which lets you convert text to speech. It comes in handy for saving the audio recording later using a different tool, and integrating it as narration into a video that will be uploaded to YouTube (e.g. tutorial), for example.
's interface is basically a simple text editor with a number of options above it. After typing your text, the application will start read
ing it out, after clicking the Play button on the toolbar. If you are not pleased with the results, you can adjust the voice
together with the aid of two sliders, above the typing area.
What make this program stand out are its options. Text-to-speech programs usually produce speech that clocks in at around the same quality level - sometimes it is good and other times, it falls quite far from the mark. What other programs do not have, however, is Balabolka
's great speech setup options and superb selection of settings.
lets you save
text as WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA. In addition, it can read the clipboard
content and view text from documents saved as DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, ODT, PDF or RTF file
s. It will automatically detect any TTS voices you have installed on your personal computer and, of course, you can download more voices, both free and paid, from the web.
It is worth taking your time to check out all of Balabolka
's choices. It is truly useful for file management, even allowing you to divide and convert documents. It also has a timer, so you can set it to read before bedtime, for example, and can entirely be controlled by hotkeys.
The quality of the speech generated by Balabolka
varies greatly, but you can have a large influence by picking the reading voice carefully and tweaking the settings so you deal with pauses, speed and uncommon words in the most efficient way. The program uses SAPI
4 and SAPI5 speech engines, together with the Microsoft Speech Platform. It's possible for you to change from one to another instantly by clicking one of the navigation tabs, above the speech adjustments.
should fulfill the requirements of the majority of users which are trying to find a reliable text-to-speech
Download and install Balabolka
safely and without concerns.