I'm trying to play around with espeak, the most popular text-to-speech program for Raspbian, widely used it seems.
I'm on the latest raspbian, updated via sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade.
My Rpi is connected to an LCD Tv via HDMI cable.
However, something as simple as:
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espeak -ven "hello pal, this is your raspberyr pi speaking, can you hear it?"
results in missing "hello" (it's missing the first second of audio or so) and a slooooow trembling voice, as if it had some buffer problems.
I took a look at top from another console to see if CPU is the problem, but it's not the case: espeak uses 10-11% CPU.
I also tried connecting the Pi's audio to an external speaker system via the jack connector, and disabling HDMI. I got full audio (no missing first second or so) but still I'm getting a very trembling and broken voice.
I know how espeak should sound: it doesn't have an outstanding quality but it's not this broken as it's heard on the Pi.
Any ideas? Is everybody using espeak with souch a broken voice?