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    text2wav.node.js

    Self-contained multilingual TTS speech synthesizer for Node.js in pure js.

    Why

    There are not many self-contained FOSS speech synthesizer npm modules. Most TTS npm modules are just a wrapper to an external online service or a separately installed host program. For those self-contained FOSS modules, they are either designed to run in browser to play out the speech rather than output the audio file, or lacking multilingual support.

    text2wav.node.js is arguably the first, if not the only node.js module, to support all of following features

    • convert text to wav
    • support over 100 languages and accents out-of-the-box
    • allow input to be UTF-8 encoded text in native languages
    • self-contained FOSS, not even depending on other npm modules
    • 100% Javascript/Typescript

    How

    Install

    npm i -S text2wav
    

    to use API or

    npm i -g text2wav
    

    to use CLI.

    Use

    Synopsis

    • API

      • Javascript
      const text2wav = require('text2wav')
      let out = await text2wav(<text>[,<opts>])
      
      • Typescript
      import text2wav = require('text2wav')
      let out = await text2wav(<text>[,<opts>])
      

      where <text> is string and <opts> is a json object. Returns wav content of type Uint8Array.

    • CLI

      text2wav <text> [<opts>]
      

      Ouputs wav content to stdout.

    <opts> in API or CLI may contain following parts

    API CLI type default description
    voice -v string en Use voice file of this name from /espeak-ng-data. A variant can be specified using <voice>+<variant>, such as af+m3. A list of variants can be found here.
    amplitude -a integer 100 Amplitude, 0 to 200.
    wordGap -g integer Word gap. Pause between words, units of 10ms at the default speed.
    capital -k integer Indicate capital letters with: 1=sound, 2=the word "capitals", higher values = a pitch increase (try -k20).
    lineLength -l integer Line length. If not zero (which is the default), consider lines less than this length as end-of-clause.
    pitch -p integer 50 Pitch adjustment, 0 to 99.
    speed -s integer 175 Speed in words per minute.
    encoding -b <1|2|4> 1 Input text encoding, 1=UTF8, 2=8 bit, 4=16 bit.
    hasTags -m boolean false Indicates that the text contains SSML (Speech Synthesis Markup Language) tags or other XML tags. Those SSML tags which are supported are interpreted. Other tags, including HTML, are ignored, except that some HTML tags such as <hr> <h2> and <li> ensure a break in the speech.
    noFinalPause -z boolean false No final sentence pause at the end of the text.
    punct --punct[=] string or boolean false Speak the names of punctuation characters during speaking. If =<string> is omitted, all punctuations are spoken.

    Basice Usage Example

    • API

      (async () => {
        const text2wav = require('text2wav')
        let out = await text2wav('test')
        // out is of type Uint8Array
        const assert = require('assert')
        assert.equal(out[0], 82) //R
        assert.equal(out[1], 73) //I
        assert.equal(out[2], 70) //F
        assert.equal(out[3], 70) //F
      })()
    • CLI

      text2wav test > test.wav
      

      outputs wav to file test.wav

    More examples

    • API: let out = await text2wav('测试', {voice: 'zh'})

    • CLI: text2wav '测试' -v zh > test.wav

      TTS in chinese

    • API: let out = await text2wav('test', {voice: 'en+whisper')

    • CLI: text2wav test -v en+whisper > test.wav

      use whisper variant

    • API: let out = await text2wav('"test", I say.', {punct: '"'})

    • CLI: text2wav '"test", I say.' --punct='"' > test.wav

      speak the punctuation "

    Under the hood

    text2wav.node.js compiles espeak-ng into Javascript and WebAssembly libraries using Emscripten. text2wav.node.js also includes compiled voice data from espeak-ng. The text2wav.node.js API takes the text and voice parameters as input, and generates the wav ouput.

    To compile

    git clone https://github.com/espeak-ng/espeak-ng.git
    cd espeak-ng
    ./autogen.sh
    ./configure --without-async --with-extdict-zh --with-extdict-zhy --with-extdict-ru
    make
    cd src/ucd-tools/
    ./autogen.sh
    make clean
    emconfigure ./configure
    emmake make
    cd ../..
    emconfigure ./configure --without-async --without-mbrola --without-sonic --enable-shared=false
    emmake make src/espeak-ng
    mv src/espeak-ng src/espeak-ng.bc
    emcc -s ERROR_ON_UNDEFINED_SYMBOLS=0 -s MODULARIZE=1 -s 'EXPORT_NAME="EspeakNg"' -o espeak-ng.js src/espeak-ng.bc
    echo // espeak-ng git hash `git rev-parse HEAD` >> espeak-ng.js
    

    The above commands generate

    • espeak-ng.js file
    • espeak-ng.wasm file
    • voice data files in espeak-ng-data folder

    Copy espeak-ng.js and espeak-ng.wasm to text2wav.node.js /lib folder and espeak-ng-data to /. Insert the content of file /lib/post.js to /lib/espeak-ng.js below the line // {{MODULE_ADDITIONS}}.

    Contribution

    Contributions are welcome. All compiled code and data will be generated from espeak-ng by text2wav.node.js author. Please do not submit any PRs containing the compiled code or data, i.e. most files in /lib or /espeak-ng-data folder. To contribute to those files, submit PRs to espeak-ng instead. Once the PRs are accepted, notify text2wav.node.js author to recompile.

    License

    The MIT License (MIT)

    Copyright (c) 2018-Present, @abbr

    Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

    The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

    THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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    npm i text2wav

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