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BackTalk is free Speech System for OS/2. It uses RSynth as its synthesizer, but I will be using something else as soon as a useable althernative is available. Festival sounds great, but it's huuuge. It uses 15 megs RAM right on startup. FreeSpeech (using MBROLA) doesn't generate syllables well, but it is only an Alpha version, so hope is there.


The package comes with the following REXX script and programs:

  • Speaking E-mail (instead of using a useless WAV file, use this!)
  • Speaking IRC
  • Speaking Clock
  • Speaking Timer

Plus, you can use BackTalk through BTCLIENT.DLL for your own programs and REXX scripts.