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Cepstral TTS Voices Released for Mac OS X


Cepstral Swift Text-to-Speech Supports Apple Speech Manager

PITTSBURGH, PA -- 03/16/2005 -- Cepstral LLC, a leader in high quality Text-to-Speech (TTS), announced the release of its Swift Text-to-Speech (TTS) software on Apple’s Mac OS X operating system. The advanced operating system has complete built-in support for speech technology, and can take advantage of Cepstral’s high quality, natural sounding voices.

Apple (AAPL) has built speech services directly into the OS X operating system and user interface. With Cepstral’s new 3.2 release, Cepstral voices integrate directly under the Apple Speech Manager, and are then available to all applications and services that use TTS. Integrated speech technology allows vocalization of all types of menus, system alerts, web browser, and text content anywhere without requiring a separate program.

“Apple has always been at the forefront of interface design, and we are pleased to announce that our latest voice technology integrates cleanly into the core of Apple’s operating system,” said Cepstral CEO and co-founder Kevin Lenzo. “Our voices bring a new level of consumer choice for voices on the Mac, with extremely high vocal quality.”

“For us to embrace speech technology, it must meet the expectations of our imagination. I’ve tried the Cepstral TTS voices and I’m impressed!” said RJ Sharp, President of Inquire4D. The company will incorporate the new Cepstral voices for use in their products.

The portfolio of Cepstral TTS voices and languages, ranging from small and novelty voices to high quality desktop unit selection, is now Mac ready and available for immediate download, trial, and purchase from the Cepstral website ( “This day marks the presence of an affordable commercial-grade TTS option for Mac users and provides human sounding voices to education, entertainment, and assistive technologies based on the Mac platform,” said Lenzo.

About Cepstral LLC

Cepstral is a speech technology company based in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, which provides speech technologies and services for the spoken delivery of information. We build high quality, natural sounding voices for hand-held, desktop, and server applications. Cepstral: We Build Voices.

For more information about Text-to-Speech, or to schedule an interview with Kevin Lenzo, please call Craig Campbell at 412-432-0400 Ext. 604.


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