Dirty Henry Dirty Henry - 5 months ago 125
iOS Question

How to programmatically use iOS voice synthesizers? (text to speech)

iOS devices have embedded voice synthesizers for Accessibility's VoiceOver feature. Is there a way you can use these synthesizers programmatically to generate text-based sounds?

My problem is: I'm working on a simple app for kids to learn colors and rather than recording the names of the colors in each language i want to support and storing them as audio files, i'd rather generate the sounds at runtime with some text-to-speech feature.

Thanks

[EDIT: this question was asked pre-iOS7 so you should really consider the voted answer and ignore older ones, unless you're a software archeologist]

Answer

Starting from iOS 7, Apple provides this API.

See this answer.

Objective-C

#import <AVFoundation/AVFoundation.h>
…
AVSpeechUtterance *utterance = [AVSpeechUtterance 
                            speechUtteranceWithString:@"Hello World!"];
AVSpeechSynthesizer *synth = [[AVSpeechSynthesizer alloc] init];
[synth speakUtterance:utterance];

Swift

import AVFoundation
…
let utterance = AVSpeechUtterance(string: "Hello World!")
let synth = AVSpeechSynthesizer()
synth.speakUtterance(utterance)
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