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Is VoxForge still active?
User: Moinchen
Date: 1/2/2013 11:24 am
Views: 3479
Rating: 7

Yesterday, I discovered that I can help the project by recording things directly in that Java application.

Then, after recording, I saw that there has not been any activity since September (nobody added the recordings to the downloadable list).


As the 'listen' button in the Java application doesn't work for me, I cannot find out if the quality and loudness level of my recording is high enough. (Bug?) And if the recording isn't added to the downloads, I can never check... (female, norddeutsch, anonymous, 2013)


I would go on 'donating my voice', but if there is no activity and maybe no interest and if I cannot check if the quality is good enough, there is no reason for me to do so.

Could someone tell me if any activity on improving / making a German language model is still desired?

Re: Is VoxForge still active?
User: kmaclean
Date: 1/2/2013 12:31 pm
Views: 136
Rating: 7

>has not been any activity since September

These submissions will be processed when I get to them.  Each submission needs to be vaildated before it can be placed in the download section - validation is just making sure that the audio can be used by the speech recognition engine trainer... we get a surprising number of spam/junk submissions...   sometimes a single prompt is bad, but the remainder of the submission is good, and this needs to be cleaned up...

>'listen' button in the Java application doesn't work for me

Which O/S, browser and Java versions are you using.  Is there anything that appears in your logs?

Ken

Re: Is VoxForge still active?
User: Moinchen
Date: 1/3/2013 12:26 pm
Views: 126
Rating: 7

I'm using Firefox 17.0.1 on Debian Squeeze. The Java Version is an older one which is deemed insecure, and it seems that something happened after I had to use it on your site.

Now (almost) everytime a web page is loaded in firefox, a sound is played (always one I recognize, though I don't know where it could come from, as I have emptied my browser cache after I noticed this).


Seems like I should somehow find out if the Java plugin is the source of this strange behaviour... I would really like to contribute, but using audacity and installing that prompting program first seems too much work to me (as I do not even use speech recognition) - doing this 'on the fly' using a web-based application is a really good idea, in principle. Isn't there something that does not use Java? I don't know enough about this...

 

Re: Is VoxForge still active?
User: kmaclean
Date: 1/3/2013 1:51 pm
Views: 117
Rating: 8

>but using audacity and installing that prompting program

when using audacity to record prompts, you just read prompts from the VoxForge website, tar it up as a submission, and upload it - no other program is required to be downloaded...

>Isn't there something that does not use Java?

waiting for browser support of HTML media capture

Re: Is VoxForge still active?
User: Moinchen
Date: 1/4/2013 7:41 am
Views: 149
Rating: 8

Thank you! When I find the time, I'm going to try this, that way I can check for quality issues before submitting. Thanks for the links, that way I'll be faster :-) >waiting for browser support of HTML media capture Come on Mozilla, Google + Opera, hurry up :-) !

Re: Is VoxForge still active?
User: Moini
Date: 1/14/2013 11:24 am
Views: 180
Rating: 8

There's a problem with the prompts files: they only exist in English.

While I certainly could add my German-accented voice to your English speech model, I would prefer to do this for the German speech model...

Are there any prompts for German anywhere? Or can I just read anything (e.g. a Gutenberg book) that is available if I provide the text file with the reading?

Re: Is VoxForge still active?
User: kmaclean
Date: 1/14/2013 1:17 pm
Views: 1164
Rating: 8

>Or can I just read anything (e.g. a Gutenberg book) that is

>available if I provide the text file with the reading?

yes.

Just make sure whatever text you are reading is *not* protected by Copyright.

Public domain texts (like Gutenberg) are perfect from a licensing perspective, and from a acoustic model training perpsective.  Because you are reading lots of different words in different contexts (which is better than the current VoxForge applet which only has a fixed list of words... for now).   

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