What are the best text to speech software?

Having fun with playing with different computer-generated voices for your presentation or just for a video that you would like to make? Today is your lucky day because the community has gathered different software and apps that you can use for any of your text-to-speech needs.

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    #1Audio Reader XL

    Audio Reader XL

    Audio Reader XL is a text to voice reader software for Windows which is designed with good American voices. This text to speech software also lets users convert text to MP3 audio file. It can also be used as a tool to read aloud a text.

    Software

    Windows

    Check price

    Sabine Kehrner
    Written on July 10, 2019
    "In my opinion, that is the best text to speech software. The software is very easy to understand. There are a lot of natural human voices available. And Audio Reader XL really reads every kind of text imaginable. I can definitely recommend Audio Reader XL!"
  2. 45

    #2Amazon Polly

    Amazon Polly

    Amazon Prolly is a text to speech software that turns text into lifelike speech. It also uses advanced deep learning technologies to combine speech that sounds like a human voice.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Kenneth Morgan
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "Really simple and easy to use, probably one of the best text to speech software that I've tried and I appreciate the customization and control settings flexibility."
  3. 39

    #3Balabolka

    Balabolka

    Balabolka is a text-to-speech software where computer voices that are installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as WAV, MP3 and many more.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    María Luisa Rivas
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "This is a very good app to get your text converted to audio and can be used in any of the e-Learning application. It is very simple and easy to use text to speech software."

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

Text-to-Speech systems, often abbreviated as TTS, is a system that converts phonetic and orthographic transcriptions into artificial speech. It is part of natural language generation in natural language processing, wherein a machine is programmed to synthesize speech that is similar to the natural voices of humans in pitch, tone, and duration. Conversely, a speech-to-text system does the opposite, with speech recognition as its main function.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the first machine to produce a human sound was created in 1779? Christian Gottlieb Kratzenstein made a model of the human vocal tract named “vowel organ." He used resonance tubes connected to organ pipes with free reeds to produce five long vowel sounds. Kratzenstein’s background in physiology greatly helped with his understanding of how the movement of air through the vocal folds produce sound which made him successful in producing a speech synthesis. However, the first machine to actually produce words and short sentences was the “acoustic-mechanical speech machine” invented by Wolfgang von Kempelen. It was made of bellows that simulate the movement of the lungs and had machine models of the tongue and lips. At present, scientists are focusing more on developing text to speech software, not hardware, for TTS systems. The TTS systems of today have two parts, the front-end and the back-end. The front-end is responsible for analyzing raw text and providing a phonemic transcription of it. The back-end is responsible for actually producing sound. A software utility that has speech recognition system helps people with visual impairment. You can consider it the best text to speech software if it can read text aloud from a specified website, email account, text document, the Windows clipboard, the user's keyboard typing, etc. 

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    #4Zabaware Text-to-Speech Reader

    Zabaware Text-to-Speech Reader

    Zabaware Text-to-Speech Reader is a text-to-speech software. It has a paid option that provides high-quality CereProc and AT&T Natural Voices. Text can also be converted into WAV audio files.

    Software

    Windows

    $29.95- Free trial available

    Robert Stone
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "Zabaware is a free utility which reads text from your screen. It works well and makes computer use much more functional for people with vision issues. Although the included voices work fine there is an option to purchase more natural sounding voices which I would recommend getting. "
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    #5NaturalReader

    NaturalReader

    NaturalReader is a software that converts text to speech. It comes in several versions, including a free one that converts Microsoft Word documents, PDF files, and emails into spoken words.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Kyle Wagner
    Written on March 2, 2017
    "Though the voices can be a little mechanical, NaturalReader's text to speech cadence flows well, no awkward pauses. I like how many choices of voice and accents are available and that you can choose different speeds - I sometimes put dialogue that I've written in to hear if it flows smoothly. It's a simple and easy to use test to speak program that that's free, but I appreciate that I can get more features if I want to pay for them."
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    #6Virtual Speaker

    Virtual Speaker

    Virtual Speaker is text-to-speech software that has the availability of voices in several sampling frequencies and qualities. The sound files in this software are also easy to access from any authoring tool.

    Software

    Windows

    Price upon request

    Sean Hansen
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "If you have every tried the built in text to speech software on your computer you know how frustrating listening to it can be. There are a few more pleasant sounding text to speech apps out there, but short of speaking everything yourself and uploading it to your own website there was no easy solution to this problem. That is until I can across Acapela Group Virtual Speaker. They offer a wide variety of voice variants with options for extra emotion as well as a whole host of different languages. Now I can give all my clients a text to speech option that makes it much easier for them to stay updated on my post on the go. "
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    #7Read The Words

    Read The Words

    Read The Words is an online text to speech application that offers a free version including a variety of voices characters, 3 languages, and the ability to create audio files up to 30 seconds in length. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Christopher Meyer
    Written on January 20, 2017
    "I wear reading glasses and what a pain it is to have to put on my glasses when a text comes in. With this app, I can just listen to the text without having to stop what I am doing to put my glasses on. It is so easy to use and now, when I am busy, I don't have to stop what I am doing to read a text or risk missing an important one."
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    #8iSpeech

    iSpeech

    iSpeech has an API that allows you to create high-quality speech audio in multiple formats such as mp3, wav, WMA, mp4, and flac. It also offers a variety of other online services and apps, including the iSpeech Translator.

    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Marco Antonio Cervantes
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "Love that this is a free text to speech software, it is also very simple to use, but you always have to be online to be able to use the app/"
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    #9Voice Reader

    Voice Reader

    A product of Linguatec, Voice Reader converts any text to voice professionally using natural sounding voices in several languages with individual pronunciation adjustments. It supports a wide range of formats, including PDF, Doc, Docx, HTML, etc.

    Software

    Windows

    Varies by plan

    Randy Jimenez
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "My eyesight is not what it used to be. I have to do a lot of reading for my job and squinting at lines of text all day can give me a bad headache. I was so happy to find Voice Reader. Now I can put in my headphones and listen to the text-to-speech easily and not strain my eyes."
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    #10read2me

    read2me

    Read2Me is a website that instantly converts articles from your favorite websites or uploaded files into a podcast that you can listen whenever you want. 

    Online Tools

    Varies by plan

    Kimberly Hudson
    Written on October 9, 2017
    "I am never home...I travel for work, sometimes by car, sometimes by plane. Love read to me. It lets me load articles that I can listen to while on the go. Need to do some research, need to run two miles. Do them both simultaneously. Load articles, start running and listen away. Love that I can "multi" multitask. Never waste a minute. On the phone with business colleague, they say 'Hey did you read...." Now with Read2Me, you can load the article and read later, no worrying about remembering what you wanted to read. Read2Me has made me so much more efficient with my time. I also love classic rock, use Read2Me to load article about the latest rockers while I sit at the pool and tan. A win-win!"
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    #11TextSpeech Pro

    TextSpeech Pro

    TextSpeechPro reads any kind of document aloud and includes AT&T Natural Voices. It also has an integrated internet browser that allows the software to read any web page straight from its interface.

    Software

    Windows

    Varies by plan

    Alice Cui
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "Easy to install and to use. Their tech support department is highly responsive. It also has pretty accurate functioning, i love it!"
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    #12AudioBookMaker

    AudioBookMaker

    AudioBookMaker is a software that converts text to audio quickly and includes adjustable speech parameters. It also has a multilingual interface and "remembers" each document settings between reading sessions.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Kyle Richardson
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "AudioBookMaker is probably one of the best free text to speech software's that you will ever find. I absolutely love that they have a selection of voices that you can choose from and that you can also switch to different languages. The thing that bothers me the most about text to speech software is the monotone voice that you get from it. But AudioBookMaker actually has a built in monotone voice reduction that really works! I will never use another text to speech software again."
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    #13Text Aloud 4

    Text Aloud 4
    TextAloud 4 is Text-to-Speech software that uses voice synthesis to create spoken audio from text. You can listen on your PC or save text to MP3 or wave files for listening later.
    Software

    Windows

    $25

    Steven Wagner
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "When driving I need an app to help read my emails and text. I could not find anything that worked properly. Text Aloud came along and converted everything I needed read to an MP3 file so that I could reference in later or save it on my computer. This was a great tool I find useful every day."
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    #14MWS Reader 5

    MWS Reader 5

    MWS Reader 5 is a text to speech software that read out loud any text you want. One of its greatest qualities is that it counts with flexible character recognition (OCR), which means that it can read text from images!

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Andreas Nagel
    Written on November 23, 2017
    "MWS Reader 5 is in my experience the best one! Why? You can load many many different voices with a high range of characteristics and quality. There are so many special functions and so many possibilities, it is by far the best software out there. You can listen to any text, even to scanned books using the integrated OCR. Unbelievable? Test it yourself! P.S.: It has a great support. He explained me half an hour long how to do that and that. Pros: - many special functions and so many possibilities - many different voices with a high range of characteristics and quality"
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    #15TextAloud 3

    TextAloud 3

    TextAloud 3 is a text to speech software created by NextUp. It offers a huge list of voices in different accents and more than 29 languages from major voice publishers, including AT&T Natural Voices, Acapela Group, and Ivona.

    Software

    Windows

    $29.95- Free trial available

    Philip Little
    Written on January 16, 2017
    "I've tried other text to speech software, but TextAloud 3 is one that works with so many of the different formats I use on my Windows machines. The voices can be a little robotic, but I can customize them so easily to your preferences. The software is pretty inexpensive for what I got (the tutorials available on the website showed me all of the capabilities)."
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    #16Capti Voice

    Capti Voice
    Capti offers a new approach to consuming digital content: instead of staring at the screen, use Capti to listen to everything you want to read on the go and at your leisure. You can listen to any content from the Web, GoogleDrive, or Dropbox. 
    Software

    Windows, iOS, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Roy Simmons
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "I think Capti Voice is the best text to speech software as I can use content from the Web, GoogleDrive or Dropbox to listen to information. I find that Capti Voice is easy to use as well."
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    #17ICQ

    ICQ

    ICQ is a leading instant messaging service provider with a global online community. ICQ offers live chats with a nice interface design and integration with other platforms, securely encrypted calls, high-quality video calls and many more.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    Pranav Chattopadhyay
    Written on January 8, 2018
    "I was looking for text to speech software so I downloaded ICQ. It appears to be a simple instant messaging service. While it has text to speech voice messages, the software itself is not primarily text to speech software."
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    #18CereProc

    CereProc

    CereProc is a text to speech (TTS) technology company, CereProc creates synthetic voices with character and personality that are designed to provide an engaging user experience and improved communication. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Varies by plan

    Lawrence Banks
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "CereProc makes very professional text to speech software that's suitable for consumers looking for a high-end product and for businesses alike. They have a number of regional accents available, typically British accents and the like, that are particularly well-done, considering the area the company is based out of. Definitely a company worth checking out if free resources are not sufficient for your needs."
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    #19Text2Speech

    Text2Speech

    Text2Speech is a free text to speech utility. This software can help you read text with over 10 voices, Text2Speech supports non-English languages in OS X Lion.

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Jacob Sullivan
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "The voice packs are pretty good, and the pronunciation is good too. The only real problem is the voices tend to speak a little too quickly when they come to commas and periods, so if you're using it to read a long passage it can get a little confusing."
  17. 7

    #20Text to Speech

    Text to Speech

    Text to speech is a useful app that produces natural sounding synthesized text from the words that you have entered in. There 36 different voices to choose from and the ability to adjust the rate and pitch.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Betty Su
    Written on January 10, 2019
    "having lost my voice for few days, i struggled to communicate with my workmates and family members. i looked up for apps that has a text to speech feature to help me with talking and i came across this down. it works well with iphone and whenever i need to be part of a conversation, i just type it on my phone and it does the talking to me. i was even able to find a voice option that sounds like my natural voice so i was really blown away. "
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    #21Voicepaper

    Voicepaper

    Voicepaper is a Text To Speech Voice reader for Dropbox and Evernote. With Voicepaper, you can listen to txt.file, while you are walking, exercising, or doing your daily work. Your commuting or medial tasks can be more productive, and enjoyable.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jessica Bennett
    Written on September 23, 2017
    "The best this about Voicepaper is how easy it is to use. I personally to read, but it is nice to be able to mash a few buttons and hear an article, and not worry about running into anyone while I am walking. The interface is intuitive, it can be used for a few minutes before purchase, and the voice is not, well, it doesn't sound like Roz from Monsters, Inc. (But I might enjoy if that was possible sometimes!). For the number of channel options and the overall price (around nine dollars), I like it. I give it two thumbs up for anyone who might walk or run and likes articles over music. "
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    #22Voice Dream Reader

    Voice Dream Reader

    Voice Dream Reader is an Android, iPhone and iPad app that lets you listen to any documents, ebooks, and web pages with the best synthesized voices available. 

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Amber Ren
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "Voice Dream Reader is the best text to speech software that i've come across. I have the iPhone, so it was the perfect app for that. Makes my life easier. It was easy to setup and install, and the interface is clean. "
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    #23Notevibes

    Notevibes

    Notevibes is an online tool for text to speech conversion. With 24 natural voices, its free version has up to 200 characters only and features a fast online voice generator. 

    Online Tools

    $7.9- Varies by plan

    Steven Hansen
    Written on January 31, 2019
    "To my mind, this is the best text to speech software on the web now. There are more than 26 natural human voices available. It`s easy to use and has a free subscription plan as well."
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    #24Intelligent Speaker

    Intelligent Speaker

    Intelligent Speaker is a text-to-speech browser extension. It was designed to emulate human voice and emotions and is available in 18 languages. It has a adjustable speed range and can read numerous texts at once. 

    Software

    Web, Chrome Extension, Firefox Add-on, Opera Add-on

    Free- 69.99

    Rebecca Taylor
    Written on January 10, 2019
    "Intelligent speaker helps me a lot in saving time and multi-tasking. I can listen to blog posts and listen to any device because it has a great text to speech functionality and it works even if not connected to the internet. Real great!!! "
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    #25Text Speaker

    Text Speaker

    Text Speaker is a software which will make any text documents or files into an audio format. It will also read your documents with a natural sounding voice enabling you to listen to it anywhere and wherever you are. 

    Software

    Windows

    $29.95- Free trial available

    Ben Kaufmann
    Written on March 25, 2019
    "One of the best text to speech app is "Text Speaker". Use it for listening to your docs on your PC. I can choose voices from multiple languages for reading out loud. Best app in the Microsoft store."

Summary

Best What are the best text to speech software
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Audio Reader XLSoftware 49 Paid
2Amazon PollySoftware 45 Free
3BalabolkaSoftware 39 Free
4Zabaware Text-to-Speech ReaderSoftware 38 Paid
5NaturalReaderSoftware 37 Free
6Virtual SpeakerSoftware 34 Paid
7Read The WordsSoftware 31 Free
8iSpeechApps 30 Free
9Voice ReaderSoftware 29 Paid
10read2meOnline Tools 26 Paid
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