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Text-to-speech (TTS) is a type of speech synthesis application that is used to create a spoken version of the text in a computer document. Microsoft has developed a TTS program interface (SAPI) that most companies use to drive their synthetic voices (speech engines). The ReadClip program uses the TTS voices to read aloud any text document that can be copied to the Windows clipboard or input into the TTS Reader.

The Microsoft TTS SAPI must be installed on your PC prior to running the ReadClip program. The TTS setup program can be downloaded at Microsoft's version includes their own TTS reader which is dedicated to reading eBooks.

Click here to download just the TTS setup program.

The TTS SAPI includes a few voices such as Microsoft Mary, but these voices are of low quality. There are several companies that have created voices for TTS that are superior in voice quality and speaking performance but they are not free. It is our opinion that the best quality voices for the price are NeoSpeech's voices Paul and Kate. Listen to their voice demos at

Here are some companies that create voices for TTS. There is a wide variety of voices to choose from including voices in several languages. Listen to their demos and decide which voices you prefer.


Listen to Demo Voices



Listen to Demo Voices




Listen to Demo Voices