If you are coming to this series of posts for the first time you might check out my introductory post for a little context.
TranslatorService.Speech is a small little wrapper around the Bing text to speech API. You will need to get a Bing api key to leverage this.
Below is a sample usage of the library.
SpeechSynthesizer speech = new SpeechSynthesizer(APP_ID);
// To obtain a Bing Application ID, go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff512420.aspx
string text = "Have a nice day!";
string language = "en";
using (Stream stream = speech.GetSpeakStream(text, language))
using (SoundPlayer player = new SoundPlayer(stream))
I threw that into a quick test and was quite impress with how fast it worked.
Unfortunately I tried to translate a larger “paragraph” or so of text and saw.
System.Net.WebException : The remote server returned an error: (400) Bad Request.
at TranslatorService.Speech.SpeechSynthesizer.GetSpeakStream(String text, String language)
at NuGetTestProject.Sample.SampleTest() in Class1.cs: line 14
I didn’t take the time to diagnose why, whether it’s a Bing problem or this library.
Some other observations:
- + It supports some Async methods as well
- - The Async methods don’t support the standard APM so I couldn’t easily wrap a task around. (I know there are some ways to make it work, but it’s not out of the box easy…)