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Name/Version: TAZ - Speech Synthesis for Ableton Live 1.6.002
Author: jeffcaylor  

TAZ is a Text Articulating Max for Live Device for Ableton Live. This device reads text in locators in Arrangement View and clip names in Session View specially designated with a leading asterisk using the OS X text-to-speech voices loaded on your computer. Because the Mac OS X text-to-speech voices speak in different languages, TAZ is only limited by the voices you have installed in your computer. Version 1.6 now allows you to use TAZ in session view!

TAZ is a Max For Live device designed to help playback engineers and music directors with fast and flexible in-ear-monitor cues. TAZ uses locator names specially designated with an asterisk to instantly generate synthesised speech in your Ableton Live set. Since TAZ uses the voices built into your Mac text-to-speech library, the voice and language options are only limited to the voices you have downloaded and installed on your computer.

If you name a locator (in Arrangement View) or a clip (in Session View) like this:

* We Are the World. In G

TAZ will speak that text back as Live’s transport playhead passes or the clip launches.


There might be several reasons for making your computer say anything you want while Ableton Live is playing. Users who take advantage of a click track in live performances can benefit from extra messages for in-ear-monitoring. Think of it like a paperless set list. When the song is starting, you can tell the members of your band what song is starting and in which key. You can even give your singer a lyric reminder or prompt the band with any other music director cue that shouldn’t be heard by the audience.


You can select the voices on your computer that are installed by OS X. But you can load additional voices that don't come by default by navigating to System Preferences -> Dictation and Speech -> Text to Speech. Using the dropdown menu for System Voice, select “Customize..." to add more voices.

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Live Version Used: 9.7.5
Max Version Used: 7.3.4
Date Added: Jul 16 2017 12:30:51
Date Last Updated: Jun 01 2018 12:45:59
Device Type: midi_device
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License (more info): Commercial


aww man.
glad I looked at the specs before I hit the purchase button ;]
I would gladly pick up this gem were it available for Win 7!

Sorry, BlortBlort! I'd love to port this to Windows. I need to get my hands on a Win machine and figure out the Windows text-to-speech hooks.

Awesome product! TAZ makes adding speech into projects a breeze. Had some initial issues, but Jeff's customer service was prompt, professional and positive! If it doesn't work for you try adding the amxd file into your user library!

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