Festival 1.4.1 speech synthesis systemDec 12, 1999, 02:29 (0 Talkback[s])
The Festival Speech Synthesis System version 1.4.1
and Edinburgh Speech Tools Library version 1.2.1
30th November 1999
Festival offers a general framework for building speech synthesis systems as well as including examples of various modules. As a whole it offers full text to speech through a number APIs: from shell level, though a Scheme command interpreter, as a C++ library, from Java, and an Emacs interface. Festival is multi-lingual (currently English (British and American), and Spanish) though English is the most advanced. Other groups release new languages for the system.
The system is written in C++ and uses the Edinburgh Speech Tools Library for low level architecture and has a Scheme (SIOD) based command interpreter for control. Documentation is given in the FSF texinfo format which can generate, a printed manual, info files and HTML.
Festival is free sorftware and is distributed under an X11-type licence allowing unrestricted commercial and non-commercial use alike.
This release offers minor bug fixes and new compiler support over version 1.4.0 which was release in June 1999.
This distribution includes:
Festival version 1.4.1 sources, voices, and Linux binaries are available from
and also from the US mirror at CMU
The Festival home page, offering descriptions of the system, examples and online demos, can be found at
To run Festival you need:
There is also support for building the system under Windows NT and 95/98. We have successfully ran the system complied with Cygnus' GNU win32 package and Microsoft's Visual C++, instructions are included
We intend to distribute binary distributions for major architectures particularly Linux and Solaris. We will *not* distribute binary versions for Windows NT/95 as we do not have enough expertise to support them.
New in 1.4.1 version