Problems with speech files after updating to 8.1?

Discussion in 'Windows 8 Help and Support' started by MikeHawthorne, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    May 25, 2009
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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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