Speech Synthesis (Text-to-Speech) from AWS Polly

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aws.polly is a package for Polly, an Amazon Web Services speech synthesis (computer voice) web service.

Code Examples

The basic use of the package is super simple and revolves around the synthesize() function, which takes a character string and a voice as input:


# list available voices
##   AdditionalLanguageCodes Gender       Id LanguageCode LanguageName     Name SupportedEngines
## 1                      NA Female    Salli        en-US   US English    Salli neural, standard
## 2                      NA Female   Joanna        en-US   US English   Joanna neural, standard
## 3                      NA   Male  Matthew        en-US   US English  Matthew neural, standard
## 4                      NA Female      Ivy        en-US   US English      Ivy neural, standard
## 5                      NA   Male   Justin        en-US   US English   Justin neural, standard
## 6                      NA Female   Kendra        en-US   US English   Kendra neural, standard
## 7                      NA Female Kimberly        en-US   US English Kimberly neural, standard
## 8                      NA   Male     Joey        en-US   US English     Joey neural, standard
# synthesize some text
vec <- synthesize("Hello world!", voice = "Joanna")

The result is a "Wave" object (from the tuneR package), which can be played using play() from the tuneR package. On Mac OSX and GNU/Linux, you'll first need to specify a player using setWavPlayer.


# On Mac OSX: setWavPlayer("/usr/bin/afplay")
# On Linux systems, try: setWavPlayer("/usr/bin/aplay")


This might also be handy for setting up an audio error handler:

audio_error <- function() tuneR::play(aws.polly::synthesize(geterrmessage(), voice = "Joanna"))
options(error = audio_error)
stop("Everything went horribly wrong")
options(error = NULL)

Setting up credentials

To use the package, you will need an AWS account and to enter your credentials into R. Your keypair can be generated on the IAM Management Console under the heading Access Keys. Note that you only have access to your secret key once. After it is generated, you need to save it in a secure location. New keypairs can be generated at any time if yours has been lost, stolen, or forgotten. The aws.iam package profiles tools for working with IAM, including creating roles, users, groups, and credentials programmatically; it is not needed to use IAM credentials.

A detailed description of how credentials can be specified is provided at: https://github.com/cloudyr/aws.signature/. The easiest way is to simply set environment variables on the command line prior to starting R or via an Renviron.site or .Renviron file, which are used to set environment variables in R during startup (see ? Startup). They can be also set within R:

Sys.setenv("AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID" = "mykey",
           "AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY" = "mysecretkey",
           "AWS_DEFAULT_REGION" = "us-east-1",
           "AWS_SESSION_TOKEN" = "mytoken")


You can install this package from CRAN or, to install the latest development version, from the cloudyr drat repository:

# Install from CRAN

# Latest version passing CI tests, from drat repo
install.packages("aws.polly", repos = c(getOption("repos"), "http://cloudyr.github.io/drat"))

You can also pull a potentially unstable version directly from GitHub, using the remotes package:


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🕒 Last Update a year ago
🕒 Created 5 years ago
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