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User: tomhannen
Date: 4/9/2008 11:05 am
Views: 1957
Rating: 13
british english, slightly compressed, hope it is ok.

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Notice: many prompts in "English Speech Files" were adapted from the prompt files contained in the CMU_ARCTIC speech synthesis database, which were in turn derived from out-of-copyright texts from Project Gutenberg, by the FestVox project at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Re: tomhannen-20080409
User: kmaclean
Date: 4/10/2008 9:52 am
Views: 136
Rating: 13

Hi Tom,

Thanks for your submission 

Here is the link to the audio in the VoxForge Speech Corpus  

[   ] tomhannen-20080409.tgz 10-Apr-2008 04:16 44.3M 

I'm also including your submission information below. 




Speaker Characteristics:

Gender: [male];
Age range: [adult];
Language: [EN]; (EN=English)
Pronunciation dialect: [British English].

Recording Information (don't worry if you can't find some of this information):

Microphone make: [RE20];
Microphone type: [studio mic];
Audio card make: [manufacturer and model];
Audio card type: [pci card|integrated|usb pod|n/a|...]
Audio Recording Software: [Audition];
O/S: [Windows XP].

File Info:

File type: [WAV];
Sampling rate: [48kHz];
Sample rate format: [16bit];
Number of channels: [1];
Audio Processing: [y] (we prefer, but *do not require*, unprocessed audio)
If yes, please describe: [slight compression, and normalisation to 95%.]



vf9-01 The log on which Lop-Ear was lying got adrift
vf9-02 This is a common experience with all of us
vf9-03 He considered the victory already his and stepped forward to the meat
vf9-04 It was not Red-Eye's way to forego revenge so easily
vf9-05 Whiz-zip-bang Lop-Ear screamed with sudden anguish
vf9-06 Cherokee identified himself with his instinct
vf9-07 They were less stooped than we, less springy in their movements
vf9-08 The Fire People, like ourselves, lived in caves
vf9-09 Ah, indeed
vf9-10 Red-Eye never committed a more outrageous deed
vf9-11 Poor little Crooked-Leg was terribly scared
vf9-12 Unconsciously, our yells and exclamations yielded to this rhythm
vf9-13 This is no place for you
vf9-14 He'll knock you off a few sticks in no time
vf9-15 Red-Eye swung back and forth on the branch farther down
vf9-16 So unexpected was my charge that I knocked him off his feet
vf9-17 Encouraged by my conduct, Big-Face became a sudden ally
vf9-18 The fighting had now become intermittent
vf9-19 They obeyed him, and went here and there at his commands
vf9-20 It was like the beating of hoofs
vf9-21 Why, doggone you all, shake again
vf9-22 Seventeen, no, eighteen days ago
vf9-23 You mean for this State, General, Alberta
vf9-24 He seemed to fill it with his tremendous vitality
vf9-25 She was trying to pass the apron string around him
vf9-26 Get down and dig in
vf9-27 They are greatly delighted with anything that is bright or giveth a sound
vf9-28 They only lifted seven hundred and fifty
vf9-29 It was simple, in its way, and no virtue of his
vf9-30 Is that Pat Hanrahan's mug looking hungry and willing
vf9-31 It was more like sugar
vf9-32 I'm sure going along with you all, Elijah
vf9-33 Here the explosion of mirth drowned him out
vf9-34 Fresh meat they failed to obtain
vf9-35 A burst of laughter was his reward
vf9-36 You don't catch me at any such foolishness
vf9-37 A month passed by, and Bonanza Creek remained quiet
vf9-38 They continued valiantly to lie, but the truth continued to outrun them
vf9-39 Earth and gravel seemed to fill the pan
vf9-40 But he no longer cared quite so much for that form of diversion 
cc-01 Well, here's a story for you: Sarah Perry was a veterinary nurse
cc-02 who had been working daily at an old zoo in a deserted district of the territory,
cc-03 so she was very happy to start a new job at a superb private practice
cc-04 in north square near the Duke Street Tower.
cc-05 That area was much nearer for her and more to her liking.
cc-06 Even so, on her first morning, she felt stressed.
cc-07 She ate a bowl of porridge, checked herself in the mirror
cc-08 and washed her face in a hurry. Then she put on a plain yellow dress
cc-09 and a fleece jacket, picked up her kit and headed for work.
cc-10 When she got there, there was a woman with a goose waiting for her.
cc-11 The woman gave Sarah an official letter from the vet.
cc-12 The letter implied that the animal could be suffering from a rare form
cc-13 of foot and mouth disease, which was surprising,
cc-14  because normally you would only expect to see it in a dog or a goat.
cc-15 Sarah was sentimental, so this made her feel sorry for the beautiful bird.
cc-16 Before long, that itchy goose began to strut around the office like a lunatic,
cc-17 which made an unsanitary mess.
cc-18 The goose's owner, Mary Harrison, kept calling, "Comma, Comma,"
cc-19 which Sarah thought was an odd choice for a name.
cc-20 Comma was strong and huge, so it would take some force to trap her,
cc-21 but Sarah had a different idea.
cc-22 First she tried gently stroking the goose's lower back with her palm,
cc-23 then singing a tune to her. Finally, she administered ether.
cc-24  Her efforts were not futile. In no time, the goose began to tire,
cc-25  so Sarah was able to hold onto Comma and give her a relaxing bath.
cc-26 Once Sarah had managed to bathe the goose, she wiped her off with a cloth
cc-27 and laid her on her right side. Then Sarah confirmed the vet's diagnosis.
cc-28 Almost immediately, she remembered an effective treatment
cc-29 that required her to measure out a lot of medicine.
cc-30 Sarah warned that this course of treatment might be expensive -
cc-31 either five or six times the cost of penicillin.
cc-32 I can't imagine paying so much, but Mrs. Harrison - a millionaire lawyer -
cc-33 thought it was a fair price for a cure.
cc-34 Comma Gets a Cure and derivative works may be used freely for any purpose
cc-35 without special permission provided the present sentence
cc-36 and the following copyright notification accompany the passage in print,
cc-37 if reproduced in print, and in audio format in the case of a sound recording:
cc-38 Copyright 2000 Douglas N. Honorof, Jill McCullough & Barbara Somerville.
cc-39 All rights reserved.
rp-01 When the sunlight strikes raindrops in the air,
rp-02 they act as a prism and form a rainbow.
rp-03 The rainbow is a division of white light into many beautiful colors.
rp-04 These take the shape of a long round arch, with its path high above,
rp-05 and its two ends apparently beyond the horizon.
rp-06 There is , according to legend, a boiling pot of gold at one end.
rp-07 People look, but no one ever finds it.
rp-08 When a man looks for something beyond his reach,
rp-09 his friends say he is looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
rp-10 Throughout the centuries people have explained the rainbow in various ways.
rp-11 Some have accepted it as a miracle without physical explanation.
rp-12 To the Hebrews it was a token that there would be no more universal floods.
rp-13 The Greeks used to imagine that it was a sign
rp-14 from the gods to foretell war or heavy rain.
rp-15 The Norsemen considered the rainbow as a bridge
rp-16 over which the gods passed from earth to their home in the sky.
rp-17 Others have tried to explain the phenomenon physically.
rp-18 Aristotle thought that the rainbow was caused by
rp-19 reflection of the sun's rays by the rain.
rp-20 Since then physicists have found that it is not reflection,
rp-21 but refraction by the raindrops which causes the rainbows.
rp-22 Many complicated ideas about the rainbow have been formed.
rp-23 The difference in the rainbow depends considerably upon the size of the drops,
rp-24 and the width of the colored band increases as the size of the drops increases.
rp-25 The actual primary rainbow observed is said to be the effect of
rp-26 super-imposition of a number of bows.
rp-27 If the red of the second bow falls upon the green of the first,
rp-28 the result is to give a bow with an abnormally wide yellow band,
rp-29 since red and green light when mixed form yellow.
rp-30 This is a very common type of bow, one showing mainly red and yellow,
rp-31 with little or no green or blue.
ar-01 Once there was a young rat named Arthur who never could make up his mind.
ar-02 Whenever his friends asked him if he would like to go out with them,
ar-03 he would only answer, "I don't know;" he wouldn't say yes or no either.
ar-04 He would always shirk making a choice. His Aunt Helen said to him,
ar-05 "Now look here! No one is going to care for you if you carry on like this.
ar-06 You have no more mind than a blade of grass."
ar-07 One rainy day the rats heard a great noise in the loft.
ar-08 The pine rafters were all rotten, so that the barn was rather unsafe.
ar-09 At last the joists gave way and fell to the ground.
ar-10 The walls shook, and all the rats' hair stood on end with fear and horror.
ar-11 "This won't do," said the captain; "I'll send out scouts to search for a new home."
ar-12 Within five hours the ten scouts came back and said,
ar-13 "We found a stone house where there is room for us all.
ar-14 There is a kindly horse named Nelly, a cow, a calf, and a garden with an elm tree."
ar-15 The rats crawled out of their little houses and stood on the floor in a long line.
ar-16 Just then the old rat saw Arthur. Stop. he ordered coarsely.
ar-17 "You are coming, of course." "I'm not certain," said Arthur, undaunted,
ar-18 "The roof may not come down yet."
ar-19 "Well," said the old rat, "we can't wait for you to join us. Right about face! March!"
ar-20 Arthur stood and watched them hurry away.
ar-21 "I think I'll go tomorrow," he said calmly to himself, "but then again I don't know;
ar-22 it's so nice and snug here,".  That night there was a big crash.
ar-23 In the foggy morning some men with some boys and girls rode up and looked at the barn.
ar-24 One of them moved a board and saw a rat quite dead, half in and half out of his hole.



Copyright (C) 2008 Thomas Hannen

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--- (Edited on 4/10/2008 10:52 am [GMT-0400] by kmaclean) ---

Notice: many prompts in "English Speech Files" were adapted from the prompt files contained in the CMU_ARCTIC speech synthesis database, which were in turn derived from out-of-copyright texts from Project Gutenberg, by the FestVox project at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Re: tomhannen-20080409
User: kmaclean
Date: 4/10/2008 9:55 am
Views: 260
Rating: 13

Hi Tom,

BTW, zip compression does not affect audio - there is no loss of information as their might be with a lossy audio codec like mp3.



--- (Edited on 4/10/2008 10:55 am [GMT-0400] by kmaclean) ---

Notice: many prompts in "English Speech Files" were adapted from the prompt files contained in the CMU_ARCTIC speech synthesis database, which were in turn derived from out-of-copyright texts from Project Gutenberg, by the FestVox project at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.