Here on the WAN-RS we use custom nodenames that play instead of all the numbers. I thought it was about time to let you all in on the process of how I create them.
On the WAN-RS I use the location and vhf or uhf, and or the suffix of the frequency.
EX: Warren nine two five, or Ludlow U H F
Remember to type out the numbers or it will read 9 hnudred twenty five if you use just the numerics.
First goto http://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php#top
Select the voice you want to use. There are lots to pick from.
You may have to experiment a little to get it to sound proper by misspelling words, or Caps and spaces.
Type your announcement and click on speak to listen to it.
When you have it sounding proper you will have to download it to your local computer. The file will save as a .wav . Be sure sure to change the file name to the node number. EX: 2135.wav
Using your favorite File Transfer Protocol or FTP client. I use winscp.
Move the file xxxxx.wav from your PC to your linux box in the /var/lib/asterisk/sounds/rpt/nodenames/ directory.
Next you will have to convert this file to ulaw to be used by asterisk. Not to mention it sounds better.
Log into your linux machine and cd to /var/lib/asterisk/sounds/rpt/nodenames/
using the following command convert the wav to ulaw.
sox -V xxxx.wav -r 8000 -c 1 -t ul xxxx.ulaw
That simple the next time someone connects to your node it will announce the audio file you just created instead of the digits that seem to drag on.
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