Computer Synthesized Speech in AUI

There are two speaking 'characters' in AUI: the Narrator and the Chanter.

Both of them can be configured in the Preferences activity:


Any of several voices may be chosen for each character. They all come from the standard Apple collection (with some of the really silly ones omitted from the list), and provide personalities ranging from male or female children and adults to an old guy who sounds like he's about to fall asleep (Ralph, the default Chanter voice) to a very nicely done, intelligible young man, Alex, the default Narrator.

Speaking speed

The rapidity of the characters' speech can be set individually from a little slower than normal sounding speech to so fast that I can't understand it. I have it on good authority that B/VI people understand it with no trouble at all...


The speaking volumes can also be controlled individually.