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Festival

Festival is a general multi-lingual speech synthesis system developed at CSTR. It offers a full text to speech system with various APIs, as well an environment for development and research of speech synthesis techniques. It is written in C++ with a Scheme-based command interpreter for general control.

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  •  06 Jul 2007 17:57

Release Notes: This release improves support for modern compilers. There are assorted bugfixes.

  •  14 Jan 2005 13:49

Release Notes: An HTS hidden markov model based synthesis engine from the Nagoya Institute of Technology. A Multisyn general purpose unit selection synthesis engine from CSTR. Support for GCC 3.2 and 3.3, and Intel 8.0. clunits unit selection improvements. Apple OS X support. Many bugfixes.

  •  30 Jan 2001 06:12

    Release Notes: This release offers minor bug fixes and new compiler support.

    •  30 Jan 2001 06:12

      Release Notes: Various changes (see the ChangeLog), and now released under a free license.

      •  30 Jan 2001 06:12

        Release Notes: Many small but important bug fixes, new KAL US male voice, Improved KED by power normalization, updated lexicons with missing entries found over large corpora. New LTS models for US and UK English.

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        13 Nov 2005 08:31 bcrowell Thumbs up

        Re: Very Nice Tool

        > When you couple this program with an

        > easy to use interface (like

        > perlbox-voice) it is extremely nice. The

        > voices are every bit as clear as

        > anything in the Microsoft toolbox, and

        > the only thing going for Linux.

        I'm using festival from a Perl/Tk application. It's wonderful to be able to plug in this kind of functionality so easily. I shudder to think how much of a hassle it would have been (both for me and for potential users) to do the same thing in the world of proprietary software. Woo hoo!

        15 Dec 2003 18:36 i621148

        Re: Difficult to configure
        if you are using a redhat variant....
        if you have a crappy soundcard like i do, festival does not
        work on it. it will talk too fast.

        a slightly unbearable fix for this is to become root and
        cd /usr/share/festival/voices/english/kal_diphone/festvox. then
        vi kal_diphone.scm
        look for a line which says something like:
        (Parameter.set 'Duration_Stretch 4.5)
        change the value at the end to slow or speed up the default voice...

        it is still chipmunky though and i have found that changing this voice does not also change the voice in Gnopernicus which i was hoping it would. My mom is blind and i was trying to enable the speech function with this method.

        16 Nov 2003 18:30 scmason Thumbs up

        Very Nice Tool
        When you couple this program with an easy to use interface (like perlbox-voice (perlbox.org)) it is extremely nice. The voices are every bit as clear as anything in the Microsoft toolbox, and the only thing going for Linux.

        09 Nov 2003 12:16 wokan

        Re: Difficult to configure

        > The directions are scattered about the
        > site's pages. Instructions concerning
        > configuring voices are scattered between
        > several site sections (manual, download
        > addendums, etc.) Troubleshooting
        > instructions seem to assume nothing
        > beyond faulty directory pointers.

        I must admit that the documentation on the Festival site has improved greatly in the last few years. My only remaining hurdle to use of it at this point is their lack of a good troubleshooting area. Festival speaks too fast to understand on my system.

        01 Aug 2001 06:14 grrussel Thumbs up

        Festival
        This is really very cool, its text to speech capability is useful and output is understandable. Had grief in trying to get the java support working in 1.4.1 though.

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