Can you guys produce natural-sounding speech artificially? How do the systems work? Do you create the sounds using an artificial vocal tract (a robot with lips, teeth, tongue, pharynx, etc.) or just manipulate the sounds using some kind of software? Sorry, I don't really know how to ask the question. I want to make an audio recording of Hamlet without using human actors to play the parts; I would just type up the text with all of the phonetic information, give it to some kind of machine, and get human-like speech in return. Doable? Oh, and what field(s) would this draw from? Acoustical phonetics, phonetical acoustics, bioacoustics, speech synthesis? Okay, I found the basic info that I was looking for. It is speech synthesis. But I still would like to know how good they really can be; how natural, flexible, what kind of range, etc. My text would be very detailed. Also, as this is a real project, I will appreciate any suggestions for how I could make it happen. How do I get my hands on one of those speech synthesizers?