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How do you change the text to speech voice in a (Windows) vbscript?

Jan 13, 2015
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Hey guys,

I'm trying to create a text to speech vbscript. The problem I'm having is that I can only select between 3 voices. I have 8 available in Windows 10.

Here is my code:

set voice = CreateObject("SAPI.SpVoice")
set voice.Voice = voice.GetVoices.Item(1)
voice.Rate = 1
voice.Volume = 90
voice.Speak TextMessage
I get a vbs error message when I choose a number greater than 2 for the voice.GetVoices.Item(1) parameter.

Error: 0x80045039
Code: 80045039
Source: (null)

Any suggestions?




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I believe you have to install the other voices using Speech SDK 5.1.
Don't forget always add your code using the code tag [code][/code]
EDIT: I installed it to see, but it didn't seem to use any other voices. I did check my installed voices and I only see David, Zira, and Mark. David is Item(0) and Zira is Item(1), but I don't see Mark's Item number.

Option Explicit
Dim Zira, David

'Zira's Voice
Set Zira = CreateObject("SAPI.spVoice")
Set Zira.Voice = Zira.GetVoices.Item(1)
Zira.Rate = 2
Zira.Volume = 70

'David's Voice
Set David = CreateObject("SAPI.spVoice")
Set David.Voice = David.GetVoices.Item(0)
David.Rate = 2
David.Volume = 100

Zira.Speak "My Name is Zira."
David.Speak "My Name is David. It's nice to meet you!"
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Jan 13, 2015
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I've been doing some research on this topic for about an hour. All of the tutorials that I've found indicates to use this format in order to change the voice:
set voice.Voice = voice.GetVoices.Item(i)
I found the code that returns the number of available text to speech voices via a vbscript:
When I run that line of code, I get "3" as the return value. I clearly have 8 installed, though. My intuition is that there must be a way to enable all available voices somewhere in the Windows 10 OS. Just a guess...

Any thoughts?