- Apr 8, 2018
IA doesn't actually have an English TTS - her talk is only for Japanese, and that includes her recent update. Maki's the first English TTS we're getting from any of these companies ever, so it's even more understandable that there'll be some things to iron out (it is just a bit odd that such an important feature won't be there at launch, but that really has nothing to do with Maki herself).IA's the only English TTS we've had on CeVIO thus far, and she didn't receive nearly as much attention, publicity, or marketing as Maki's getting
I think it all boils down to what you really want to use these synths for. In the end, Maki English, and literally every other Japanese company-made English synth (talk or otherwise), is and always was going to be a niche product. A lot of us hobbyists like fine-tuning things and getting that most perfect result (see: tuning singing synths), so having to do that here won't be a problem. Alternatively, it's okay if you don't want to do all that too; if you don't like Maki's accent and don't want to fine tune everything, then you don't have to buy her. I think there's reason to be critical of the editor too, of course - but if Maki does well and more companies see a market for English TTS, then it can only be a good thing.
I think it's cool that people are genuinely getting interested in talking synths now; as someone who's used VOICEROID since 2016 and always wanted to see the market expand, this has been my dream, haha.