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Have I understood it right that in a24, most civilisations speak the words with the same language? At least it appears to me like this, as we have played at home with almost all of them meanwhile, but the words we hear are just a handful, if I recollect correctly.

How where the spoken words be created so far?

Again, thanks for your kind help.

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Did some developer record the words with a microphone, was it created via text-to-speech (maybe with some additional tweaking), or even copied from some free work?

PS:

I stumbled over this post (see below) which I find quite funny, as the kids (and me) tend to 'shout' at each other "post polomon" (as we understand it) to draw reach other's attention - not only when playing 0 A.D. :bye:

https://lwn.net/Articles/601628/

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40 minutes ago, Ceres said:

Did some developer record the words with a microphone, was it created via text-to-speech (maybe with some additional tweaking), or even copied from some free work?

The persian and Kushite voices were recorded on a Phone, while the latin and greek recorded in a studio.

There is no text to speech nor free work although those voices are CC BY SA.

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Yes, it's a pity. I searched for a while but only found some ancient Greek for the free eSpeak NG (have not looked further about how it works and sounds - and cannot say whether it is correct).

https://github.com/espeak-ng/espeak-ng/blob/master/docs/languages.md

I had Latin for 9 years at school but that seems to me ages ago. ;)

 

PS:

So a24 only uses Ancient Greek, Persian, and Kushite voices? And all other civilisations use the Ancient Greek, too?

 

PPS also a a note for myself:

https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/εἰσβάλλω

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Yes, classic Latin. "Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres" among the famous texts (in higher classes - after starting with declinations, gerundium, gerundivum, a.c.i., etc.

BTW, I found it good to see the notes that "c" was in fact spelled "k", because many people (at least in Germany) say "Cäsar" instead of "Käsar" (maybe because "Käse" is cheese and thus it would sound ridiculous? ;))

Forgive my question, but is there another Latin besides classic?

I even had a few weeks of Ancient Greek ("Altgriechisch", as we say in German; I assume that's translated as "Classic Greek" but am no expert) during Latin hours, but I forgot everything about that.

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1 minute ago, Ceres said:

I meant that it's a pity that there are so few/no Ancient Greek TTS.

And thanks for reminding me that Latin is also included.

BTW, are allses of Ancient Greek

 

 

 

I forgot, Hebrew too. We do not have any Phoenician language, we are going to use Hebrew.

We are going to use Basque for the Iberians.

 

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Let me know when I can do something for you in this regard. Thanks.

PS:

I have searched a bit further, tried out some engines, and from my humble point of view, there is currently nothing available that sounds remotely decently - all very robotic.

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Do we have proper translations of all the terms ready? If so, go ahead.

It is preferable that:

  • All terms in the list (including recent additions like 'I will capture') are recorded, preferably with multiple takes.
  • The recordings should be done with either a proper XLR studio microphone or at least a decent desktop USB mic.
    • If neither is obtainable, then a cell phone or headset microphone may be used, but this is very much not preferred and much work will be necessary for me to make the audio usable. Also accept that if a cell phone is used to record the audio, your audio may be removed and replaced in the future with a proper recording if that becomes possible.
  • The recordings should be done in the quietest, most "dry" (i.e. least echo) space you can find. Often an interior closet full of clothing and such works best. Be sure any noise sources like fans, air handling, refrigerators, desktop computers, windows, are either turned off/closed or set to their quietest setting. Every single decibel of noise improvement is worth it!
  • The speaker should be about 10-15 cm from the microphone (no more, no less) when talking and should remain in the same exact relative position when delivering each line.
  • The audio should not 'clip', i.e. pass the point '0 dB Full Scale'. The gain/input level shall be set so the loudest audio is at about -6 dB.

If there is excessive distortion, noise, or other problems, I may not be able to clean the audio sufficiently for it to be in the game.

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1 hour ago, Samulis said:

The recordings should be done in the quietest, most "dry" (i.e. least echo) space you can find. Often an interior closet full of clothing and such works best. Be sure any noise sources like fans, air handling, refrigerators, desktop computers, windows, are either turned off/closed or set to their quietest setting. Every single decibel of noise improvement is worth it

Inside a car.the only problem would be sound bouncing off  from the car glass. 

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On 03/05/2022 at 1:10 PM, Lion.Kanzen said:

Inside a car.the only problem would be sound bouncing off  from the car glass. 

Ah yeah, a car actually isn't a bad idea if you don't have any quieter place to record since they are usually rather well noise insulated and reasonably dampened aside from the glass as you mention. Maybe a middle seat, and get pretty close to the mic. Of course, be aware of noisy traffic passing by outside or other noises if in a city/town.

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