So just realized that almost every foreign language learning app is making use of these IVONA voices, with the notable exception of Language Drops. Which means that if you are learning, say, Russian, you will always hear either Maxim or Tatyana, whether you are using Duolingo, dict.cc or Clozemaster Pro, this latter with the appropriate settings.
― He’s the Listener DJ, I’m the Listener Rapper (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 16 February 2020 20:02 (eleven months ago) link
Hm. dict.cc seems to have actual recordings as well and only uses the TTS when these aren’t there.
― He’s the Listener DJ, I’m the Listener Rapper (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 16 February 2020 20:26 (eleven months ago) link
Okay, so it seems Amazon bought IVONA a while back and renamed it Polly (get it?) and the full list is here: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/polly/latest/dg/voicelist.html
― Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 24 February 2020 03:31 (eleven months ago) link
Ah, Duolingo now using some Google Wavenet voices, like Eva and Luuk for Dutch. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/41404647
― Indieland Phil and Indieland Don (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 20 November 2020 02:20 (two months ago) link