Linguatec Voice Reader provides dubbing solution for Brockhaus
For the first time, Brockhaus multimedial premium offers MP3 functionality in its 2008 version. All lexicon articles along with the text version are now available as MP3 files. This is a total of about 2,200 hours of knowledge that can be listened to. Brockhaus chose the speech synthesis software Voice Reader from Munich-based language technology specialists Linguatec for the dubbing of its articles.
Audio is now the rage
The boom in audio media shows that there is now great interest in all things audio. With a diverse and rapidly growing range of audio books, audio magazines, pod casts, dubbed websites etc., audio is now the rage. The new speech synthesis software Voice Reader Studio from Linguatec offers a simple and professional means of converting texts to MP3 files.
Mobile added value for Brockhaus
Brockhaus is the knowledge authority in Germany. On two DVD ROMs for the most important operating systems, Brockhaus multimedia 2008 premium offers a comprehensive overview of up-to-date knowledge in 260,000 articles. All lexicon articles are now also available as MP3 files. "To be able to supply our articles as audio files is an attractive supplement to the multimedia Brockhaus package. In this way, we offer our users mobile added value," says Arnd Frederichs, Product Manager at Brockhaus Duden Neue Medien GmbH.
Leaning made easy
Knowledge is important, but acquiring it should also be fun. The Brockhaus articles can be exported as MP3 files and can be played while on the move on an MP3 player. So, those people thirsty for knowledge can listen to interesting lexicon articles while they are on the go, e.g. on train journeys or jogging. And you can treat yourself to them again and again. As a study by the University of Regensburg has shown, listening is an important key qualification for learning and career-building, and the use of Voice Reader can considerably improve a person's understanding of a text. The test subjects of the study were able to retain the information that they heard 29% better than the information that they read.
Professional dubbing with Voice Reader
"We made a conscious decision in choosing the solution from Linguatec. As the market leader in text dubbing, Voice Reader was perfect for the Brockhaus brand", says Frederichs. Voice Reader Studio particularly shows its strengths when large volumes of data need to be dubbed: A user-friendly pronunciation editor and the quick export of audio files make professional dubbing possible for the first time. You can hear the result!
Audio samples of Brockhaus articles can be found at www.linguatec.net/Brockhaus
Audio samples of the language quality of Voice Reader Studio can be found at www.linguatec.net/samples
Voice Reader Studio is available in shops for 499 euros.
Linguatec GmbH is the leading provider of language-technology software in Germany. The core product fields are automated translation, speech recognition and speech output. Linguatec is the only company to have won the European Information Technology Prize three times. www.linguatec.net
Brockhaus multimedial 2008 premium
"Brockhaus multimedial 2008 premium" contains 260,000 articles and 333,000 keywords, a 3-D globe with two million entries and a planetarium with more than 120,000 stars allowing an interactive journey through our universe. Knowledge can be visualized thanks to the hundreds of animations, video and audio elements. With the new MP3 function of "Brockhaus multimedial 2008 premium", all lexicon articles are also available as MP3 files. Also new: an interactive architecture history of Europe, displaying exhibits from the ancient world to the modern day. ISBN 978-3-411-06620-9, retail price: 99.95 euros, 2 DVD ROMs for Win/Mac/Linux. www.brockhaus-multimedial.de
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