Recording Audible Text with Balabolka.

audiobook logoI’ve posted a few sample chapters and audioblog posts recorded with other text-to-speech generators, which you can read about in my post, Oyez! Oyez! The TTS program I’m using for an audiobook of Irish Firebrands, is Balabolka.


Balabolka is a free download that works with the voices you have (or install) on your computer. It comes with complete instructions, and no special knowledge is required for use. But because computer voices don’t always sound the way you want them, you may need to adjust the recording.

This can be a labor-intensive task, and I found it helpful to simultaneously open a document that listed the most frequently used tags. I could then copy and paste the tag I wanted, right where I needed it, instead of typing it out, every time. I’ve tidied up the chart, and it appears below. If you’d like to try Balabolka, you can download a PDF of my cheat sheet by clicking on the image.

Balabolka coding

The listed tags will work with all voices supported by the program; however, most pronunciation problems are specific to the voice you’re using. Balabolka has some other fixes you can try, but I ended up using my own list of spelling adjustments. These will differ according to syntax, as well as what individual users think are understandable, but I hope to come up with a list of generic suggestions to share.

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