In the previous tips, we explained how PowerShell can generate acoustic signals by playing system sounds or WAV sound files. PowerShell can also use the built-in speech synthesizer:

Add-Type -AssemblyName System.speech
$synthesizer = New-Object System.Speech.Synthesis.SpeechSynthesizer
$synthesizer.Speak('Hello! I am your computer!')

Note that Windows 10 ships with localized text-to-speech engines, so if your Windows is not using the English culture, you may have to change the text above to match your language.

There are a number of properties that you can use to fine-tune the result. Try this:

Add-Type -AssemblyName System.speech
$synthesizer = New-Object System.Speech.Synthesis.SpeechSynthesizer
$synthesizer.Rate = -10
$synthesizer.Speak('Uh, I am not feeling that well!')

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