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How To: Get OS X Mavericks Voices

14 November 2013 1,879 views No Comment

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OS X Mavericks has lots of cool new features, among my favorites are the new text-to-speech voices. Yes, Siri (aka Samantha) is still in there, but so are some new and even better ones — here is how to get ‘em.

The Fairer Platform first brought you news of the new voices in Mavericks back in July, when OS X 10.9 was still in beta. These new voices, however, they aren’t installed by default — you need to download them:

1.) Go to System Preferences > Speech & Dictation > Text to Speech. Click the System Voice drop down and click “Customize” (shown above).

2.) Therein, you see the voices installed by default and a long list of (mostly foreign) accented voices available for download. To preview a voice, select it and then click the play button (below). I suggest getting Samantha (aka Siri), as well as Ava and Allison, which are new in Mavericks — hear Ava and Samantha read an excerpt from Moby Dick.

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3.) Click OK and your new voices will download. Whereas all of these voices are free, some are quite large and can take awhile to download.

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Still not enough voices? CereProc sells a variety of US and foreign accent voices for £25.99 each.

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