Thursday, February 3, 2011

How to Convert Text Docs,pdf,html files into playable Audio Clip

Here i am discussing Text to Speech converter software which can converts any written text documents into corresponding audio clip which can be saved and played.The Software which can do so is Balabolka.
Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file.

The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, ODT, PDF and RTF files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.

The program uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of regular expressions.

Balabolka can save the synchronized text in external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When an audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text is displayed synchronously (at the same way, as lyrics for songs).

The basic purpose of Balabolka can be easily understood by this conversion map

docs files into mp4 audio file
HTML File into wav audio clip
notepad files into mp3 audio file
PDF files into m4a audio file
MS Word into ogg audio file

How to Download & Install Balabolka

The Balabolka software can be download from 
 and its a freeware.
Unzip the zip file and click on balabolka to proceed with the installation (there is nothing much in installation) and the installation complete within 5 seconds. Here its how the front interface of Balabolka looks like.

How to Convert Text into Audio Clip using Balabolka

1.  For converting a text provided into audio clip you have two ways of loading the media
  • Open a File from File > Open
  • Copy Paste the text directly to Balabolka body content
The Balabolka software works on two environment namely SAPI 4 and SAPI 5, SAPI 5 is the advanced version of former and brings in a lot of easy plug and play options, so its better you make sure that you are in SAPI 5 or else SAPI 4 ask for much into programming interface.
Here is the direct pasted content which I have used

2. Now the next step is very easy which is to save the text provided into audio format which you can hear. For this you need to click on ‘Save Audio File‘.

3. Balabolka supports saving of audio clips in wav, mp3, mp4, m4a, ogg, wma, m4b and awb formats. This formats can be used played on any media that you like, preferable you would be opting for format which you like, I like mp3 and mp4 formats.

4. Wait for sometime and your Text has been converted to Audio File as you have desired.

And you have saved a text document into a media which can be heard from media players like windows media player, VLC Player etc.,.

Balabolka is compatible with all Windows Environment, also with Unix, Linux and other environments. This is a wonderful Text to Speech Converter which totally free, completly portable and very easy to use.

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