Problems with speech files after updating to 8.1?


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Today I updated my Windows 8 install to Windows 8.1.
For the most part it went smoothly but I'm having a weird problem with my text to speech files.

But when I hit speak the voice is very distorted and the volume is low, it's the same for all the voices including the Microsoft ones.

I reinstalled TextAloud to the latest version, and I reinstalled the Lucy voice, (really the only one I use).

I figured that I had some glitch in the software but here is the weird part, when I played one of my Lucy videos the voice in the video shows the same distortion, so do .wav files that I had previously made and saved.

Windows normal sounds are unaffected as are music files.
Even the music in the videos is normal while the speech is distorted.

When I played one of my videos that I have on Vimeo the voice is distorted.
So something is affecting only the text to speech voices not any of the other sounds no matter what the source.

I don't have a clue, If I can't figure this out I'll have to go back to my Windows 8 backup image.
I use TextAloud almost every day.

Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this, and how to fix it?

Thanks for the help.


Here is some additional information.
When I went to the ease of access center I found that narrator is greyed out and I could not turn it on.
It has always worked before.

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