Cobolt option +TTS provides a complete 21CVAA text-to-speech generation / audio insertion solution for embedded or discrete audio systems, offering an integrated solution for 21CVAA Text-to-Speech Generation and audio insertion. Option +TTS is available for many Cobalt card models using the 20-slot openGear® frame architecture (and available for our BBG-1000 Series standalone desktop units). Platforms utilizing existing openGear® infrastructure can be 21CVAA-ready with only an easily incorporated option feature upload to the card. For platforms not utilizing an existing openGear® infrastructure, most of our BBG-1000 Series standalone units are available with option +TTS, offering a compact rack-mounted 1RU solution easily integrated into the broadcast workflow.
+TTS interfaces with industry standard Windows Share folder systems to receive non-proprietary text, XML, or similar plain text files, and converts and inserts realistic human-voice audio into user-configured audio channels (typically an SAP channel pair intended for this playout). +TTS allows for prioritization based on the organization's discretion (for example, severe weather alerts out-prioritizing school closings). Alert tones are ducked in on the main program channel to alert the visually impaired that emergency content is to occur on the SAP channel. Alerts can be played a configurable number of times, and alerts with higher priority can interrupt current lists for breaking news. Once the interrupt message is broadcast, +TTS automatically reverts to normal audio programming. Compatible Cobalt cards and modulars offer the synergy of also providing keyed text scrolls when used in conjunction with option +KEYER.
This option is available for numerous Cobalt openGear® card-based and BBG-1000 models where option +TTS is listed in the model web page Options section. The option is software-based and can be ordered with card purchase, or activated later using a downloadable feature key via free DashBoard™ remote control/monitoring software (no need to remove or replace card.)