The Text to Speech service understands text and natural language to generate synthesized audio output complete with appropriate cadence and intonation. It is available in 13 voices across 7 languages. Select voices now offer Expressive Synthesis and Voice Transformation features.
The text language must match the selected voice language: Mixing language (English text with a Spanish male voice) does not produce valid results. The synthesized audio is streamed to the client as it is being produced, using the HTTP chunked encoding. The audio is returned in mp3 format which can be played using VLC and Audacity players.