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FreeOS.com: Speech synthesis under Linux; using Festival

Nov 11, 2000, 12:08 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Text to speech convertors are very common these days but most of them work on the Windows platform. Fortunately, for us Linux users, there is a very good open source alternative available. This article will show you how to setup and use Festival, a great sofware from the University of Edinburgh."

"Festival is a speech synthesis software being developed at CSTR, University of Edinburgh . It is meant to offer developers a basic framework for building Speech Synthesis systems and it includes various modules for the purpose of demos. On the whole, Festival offers Text To Speech through a number of API's, right from the shell level to a Command Line Interpreter, a C++ Library and even an EMACS interface. Though Festival is multi-lingual, English is the one for which support is the most advanced. Festival is coded completely in C++ with a scheme-based command interpreter for general control."

"The Festival home page is located at www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/festival.html. Though the site proclaims that the project is still in BETA stage, I found festival to be both stable and effective. I certainly haven't found a reason to curse myself for having downloaded Festival."

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