Assume that you want to read news online with your speaker / headset to relax your eyes, or learn how to pronounce certain foreign words, then an online TTS( Text-to-Speech ) service comes in handy.
We’ve rounded up 25 free online TTS websites for you, you can either let them read certain text online, or produce an audio file in mp3 / wav format from the text you specified.
Google Translate is a great tool for translation and text to speech conversion, you can let it speak either the original text or the translated text for you by clicking the “Listen” icon located at the right bottom of the textbox.
Google Translate supports over 60 languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Danish, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Tamil, etc.
Google Translate does not provide the link to download the speech, but you can record the voice with a sound recorder if you like.
2. Paralink( max: 1000 characters )
This Text-To-Speech service is able to speak up to 1000 characters at one time, it will highlight the current word being spoken with red color, this makes it easy to know how to pronounce each word in a paragraph.
Paralink supports 11 languages: English (male), English (female), Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.
3. Fromtexttospeech( Text to Speech, Text to MP3 )
Fromtexttospeech.com can create mp3 audio file from text and play it online, it supports 7 languages, 6 voice types and 4 speed levels( slow, medium, fast, very fast ).
Because the online play function is powered by Flash player, you can change the audio volume, pause / continue the speech, or change the playback position of the audio track with a simple click.
4. Online-Convert( Text to MP3, Text to WAV, etc. )
Online-Convert is a free online service that enables you to convert videos, audios, images, documents or eBooks from one format to another, to my surprise, it supports converting text file to audio file in mp3, wav, m4a, ogg, aac, aiff, flac, opus and wma format, the conversion speed is incredibly rapid! Besides that, you can customize the audio bitrate, audio frequency and audio channels of the output audio.
I uploaded a text file which contains 321 words( or 1656 characters ) to Online-Convert, it finished the conversion shortly, the final mp3 file contains all the sentences I provided.
It’s highly recommended that you use it as the primary app to convert text to mp3 or convert text to wav.
5. Text to Voice( FireFox )
Text to Voice is the best TTS plugin for FireFox, it gives you the ability to convert text in Firefox to speech, select some text and click the icon on add-on bar, this plugin will speak the selected text for you immediately, you can download the speech as audio file in mp3 format if you like.
To change the voice gender or language type, right click on the icon and select “Preferences”.
6. SpeakIt!( Chrome )
SpeakIt is an extension for Chrome browser which enables you to generate speech from selected text, it supports 3 TTS engines: iSpeech, native and SpeakIt, in addition, users can customize the volume level, speaking rate( 1 to 150 words/minute ), and voice type( US English Female, US English Male, European French Female, etc. )
Bing Translator is an alternative to Google Translate, it could speak the translated text for you, you can set the source language type equal to the target language type to let it not to translate your text.
8. Natural Readers( max: 200 characters )
NaturalReader is available on Windows and Mac, its online demo can read any text with natural sounding voices, and you are allowed to change voice or adjust speed.
9. Imtranslator.net( max: 1000 characters )
Imtranslator.net can be used to replace Paralink, they use the same TTS engine and have the same functions and limitations.
10. ATT( max: 300 characters, Text to Speech, Text to WAV )
The Text-to-Speech demo of AT&T Natural Voices allows to speak US English, UK English, IN English, Spanish, German, French and Italian online for free, the audio can be downloaded as wav format.
11. Text2speech.org( max: 5000 Characters, Text to MP3 )
This free online text to speech converter enables to produce mp3 file from text with ease, it supports 4 voice types: American Male 1, American Male 2, American Female, Scottish Male.
12. Oddcast( max: 180 characters )
Oddcast Supports 30 languages, 29 voice types and 10 effect types: none, pitch, echo, speed, phase, reverb, whisper, etc.
13. IVONA( max: 250 characters )
IVONA supports dozens of voice types, you can play the voice online, and share the speech with your friends on FaceBook or Twitter.
14. Zamzar( Text to MP3 )
Zamzar is an alternative to Online-Convert, it allows to convert text file to mp3 format, when the conversation is done, it will send an email to you which includes the download link.
15. vozMe( Text to Speech, Text to MP3 )
Another online text to voice converter and text to mp3 converter. vozMe enables users to add a speech synthesis bookmarlet to the browser, just drag and drop the bookmarklet to the toolbar to install it, select any text in the browser( e.g. Firefox, Chrome ) and press the bookmarklet to listen to the text.
16. Neospeech( max: 200 characters )
Neospeech provides a high-quality, natural-sounding, text-to-speech app powered by VoiceText, which is different from robotic voices.
17. iSpeech( max: 150 characters )
iSpeech is a simple yet customizable website to speak any text dynamically, it has a straightforward and easy to follow user interface, type any text and select the voice speed as well as voice type, then press the play button to hear the human-sounding voice instantly.
18. Ctrlq( max: 100 characters, Text to Speech, Text to MP3 )
Ctrlq is powered by Google’s text to speech API, it will speak your words in naturally-sounding female voice, the sound can be saved as mp3 file.
19. Codewelt( Text to Speech, Text to MP3 )
Codewelt is another online Text-to-Speech synthesizer.
20. Acapela-group( max: 200 charcters )
Acapela Text to Speech Demo supports over 50 voice types.
21. Loquendo( max: 500 characters, Text to WAV )
Loquendo is an online text to wav conversion utility which allows to make and listen to your own synthetic speech, it supports tens of languages and voice types.
22. Readthewords( max: 100 characters )
Readthewords is an online text to speech reader that supports various of voices.
23. Cepstral( max: 120 characters )
Cepstral can speak any text with different voice type, rate, pitch and effect.
24. Chrome Speak( Chrome )
Chrome Speak enables to speak selected text in Chrome browser with different rate, pitch and volume.
Imtranslator.com uses the same TTS engine as Imtranslator.net and Paralink, you must register to use it, here is a free account, username: firstname.lastname@example.org, password: qsc123.