Roger Ebert will speak on Tuesday's Oprah Winfrey Show
Using a voice simulator from a Scottish company called CereProc, Ebert will show off "Roger Jr." on the episode, he wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times. The use of the simulator is necessary after he lost the ability to speak following a series of surgeries because of cancer. The voice was constructed from recordings of his voice, mostly DVD commentaries.
“They transcribed and programmed and tweaked and fiddled, and early this February, sent me the files for a beta version of my voice," Ebert wrote. "I played it for (wife) Chaz, and she said, yes, she could tell it was me. For one thing it knew exactly how I said ‘I.’” That's a whole lot better than speaking with just his thumbs.
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