Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chrome Tamil TTS Engine powered by SSN Speech Lab

In an attempt at first good impression that went wrong this was the outcome.

I got to know about SSN's Speech Lab yesterday and built a Chrome extension that builds on top of it as a TTS Engine. These guys have a wonderful system built - You should check out 'em out.

Right click on any Tamil text, right click and listen to it in a Male / Female voice.

You can install the plugin from

The code is available on

Details for other extensions using the TTS
- Language - ta-IN
- Gender - male and female
- Voice names - Male is Krishna and Female is Radhae


Anonymous said...

Great bro (y)

Anonymous said...

It takes more than one minute to speak

Ashwanth Kumar said...

The reason it takes more time is because of Speech Synthesis. More the text you see more delay it cause. The speech syn. generates a WAV file, I encode the file to MP3 before streaming it back to the browser - so there's the encoding time as well.

Theeran said...

I'm sorry to bother you, but this tool was very useful for me and my siblings to learn Tamil a while back, however the service ( that it runs on is no longer active. Is there any ability to revive it?

Ashwanth Kumar said...

Sorry Theeran, I don't think I have alternatives at this time.

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