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January 27, 2009

Loquendo Intros Mikko, New Male Finnish Voice

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

Speech technology solutions provider Loquendo has introduced yet another member of its growing family of TTS voices, Mikko. This latest addition is a male Finnish voice that joins Milla, the female Finnish voice that was released last October.
The addition of Mikko allows the company to bring 5 different voices to the Scandinavian market and includes the same memory footprints, core engine and expressive voices and languages as all other Loquendo (News - Alert) voices.
For designers, this means easier, better telephony, multimedia and embedded applications that can be developed to meet multilingual markets across Europe and the rest of the world.
The Scandinavian markets in particular now have Danish, Finnish and Swedish voices to choose from.
With Loquendo TTS, developers have tools like Voice Creator that make it possible to create personalized voices with just a few clicks of the mouse as well as a User-Driven Unit Selection Tool that allows for smooth pronunciation and intonation, and much more.

A demo of both Mikko and Milla are also available from the company's site.
Just last week, Loquendo announced that its ASR, speech recognition offering is now available in the Russian language, a key language in the European market.
The company's ASR offering, available in 21 languages, is a speaker-independent, multilingual speech recognition technology.  The offering works to 'accurately and reliably' recognize vocabulary, even large-scale vocabulary continuous speech or noisy environments like over a mobile phone, while in the car, or while using VoIP.
For more, be sure to check out the Speech Recognition and Text to Speech channel on TMCnet.

Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Stefania’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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