SA2004 - Voice recognition - how to change voice type from female to male

Discussion in 'Global Navigation Satellite Systems' started by BeamGuy, Dec 10, 2003.

  1. BeamGuy

    BeamGuy Guest

    I seem to have big problems with the voice engine on SA2004. It basically quit working
    for more than one command - so I uninstalled the voice engine ane reinstalled it.

    Then - to add to my woes I let my kid setup the voice engine for a young female voice.
    But now - I am not offered any menu items to put it back.

    Just how it can interpret "where am I" as "Pan up" I don't know, but basically it is pretty
    much non-functional right now.

    Is there any way short of uninstalling and reinstalling it again that I can get back to the
    voice type menu? There is an option to select users, but no option to create a new
    user. Should I be able to find this somewhere?
    BeamGuy, Dec 10, 2003
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  2. BeamGuy

    Dan Lawyer Guest

    Not knowing what your kid did or where he did it (in SA2004 or outside the
    app), the fact that on the Voice/Output Prefs Tab, you don't have any menu
    options in the Voice drop-down window, tend to make me think something is
    screwed up.

    You need to be aware that the Output Prefs options are for the voice that
    talks to you. The Input Prefs is for the speech recognition where you talk
    to it and give it commands. That part is the MS Voice Recognition software
    that you can re-install without re-installing the entire app. When you did
    the initial install, that part is an optional install. The part that talks
    to you, which seems to be the problem part, is installed during the main
    app's installation. You will probably have to uninstall, reboot then
    reinstall the app to fix it. That's not that big of a deal. If you did the
    initial training for the speech recognition, I don't think you will have to
    re-do that, unless it's not recognizing your commands in which case you
    should go thru it again. The more you do, the better it gets as to
    understanding you.

    The option to select users is for the voice training in case more than one
    person uses the voice recognition, but again, has nothing to do with the
    voice the app uses to talk to you.

    Dan Lawyer, Dec 10, 2003
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  3. BeamGuy

    BeamGuy Guest

    Thanks for the reply. My problem is in the selection of the users for the voice recognition
    part. I now have only one user, which is trained for a young female voice. That is not
    me, and it does not understand a word I say. How do I create a new user profile?
    BeamGuy, Dec 10, 2003
  4. BeamGuy

    Jim Walker Guest

    Here are some of the basic things you should check before doing more
    uninstalling and reinstalling. Go to the Speech part of Control Panel and
    set up the microphone. Then go through some more training exercises. If
    that doesn't help, I would uninstall and reinstall SA 2004 and the voice
    engine. That should solve your problems. Installing SA 2004 without
    installing the voice engine at the same time can cause problems. You may
    have the engine installed from another application but it won't work with SA
    Jim Walker, Dec 10, 2003
  5. BeamGuy

    Dan Lawyer Guest

    I thought maybe SAPI 4 and 5 used the same voice models, so I created a new
    one in SAPI 5, but it wasn't available in SAPI 4 (SA2004). This leads me to
    believe that you *might* be able to create a new user at the *end* of the
    training. It's probably worth a try, only takes a few minutes. If you
    don't get offered the option, you can probably still cancel the update if
    you don't want to trash the female training.

    I also did some googling and it seems with XP the user is actually your
    logon user id. That being the case, the only way to create a new one is to
    create a new user id, logon to that id when you want to use that voice. I
    hope that isn't what it takes, but it looks like it may be.
    To do so, you can perform the following steps:

    a. Click Start and click Control Panel. Double click the User Accounts icon.
    b. Click the "Create a new account" link.
    c. Follow the wizard to create a new user account.

    Before you do the above, you might try logging on as the Admin if you setup
    XP where your main logon isn't the admin account, and then fire up SA004 and
    see if you user profile changes to Admin on the voice/input tab.

    Just fishing...trying to find a solution.....

    Dan Lawyer, Dec 11, 2003
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