Infovox voices

I just wanted to ask if anyone has any experience using the Infovox voices in order to read text back from Scrivener (the main thing I’d like to do) or in any other word processor?

The reason that I ask is because I am using one of the British voices, (Lucy I think) and it seems to be having problems with some of the pronunciation, for example it is saying youtube as yah-tube and wind-up (as in to tease someone) as wind (the thing that blows)up.

The American voices seem to be ok with these words though and say them properly. I went into the pronunciation editor that is provided for the British voice but there when I check the pronunciation, it is correct, i.e. it says you tube instead of yah tube and wind-up.

Following on from that, I tried just putting the troublesome words by themselves into a document in Scrivener and textedit and absolutely no problems, I put them into a sentence though and everything goes out of the window. The infovox webpage seems to be a bit useless, so I was wondering if anyone had any experience with these voices similar to mine and if you did, what did you do to solve it?

Basically, I would just like to have it read back pages of my book to me afterwards while I am re-drafting or record it as an mp3 to listen to on my commute so that I can find errors that I may miss otherwise and generally see what the flow would be like.

Any ideas anyone? Help! :slight_smile:

For reference, this is a sentence from my book that it mangles quite badly but clearly shows the issues with pronunciation.

“Holy” began Alex but then catching the look from Winston he stopped himself and began again, choosing a vernacular less likely to offend his friend. “You’re sh**tting me right? This is some kind of wind-up? You’re just saying this so you can get my reaction and then put it up on YouTube and laugh at the sucker right?"

Thanks in advance,


Edit: Forgot to say that this is on a Mac, running Snow Leopard (10.6.5), I also realise this isn’t a Scrivener or Textedit issue as they’re just using the Speech service but I just don’t know what to do in order to get it to read correctly.