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Festival

Festival

Festival offers a full text to speech system with various APIs, as well an environment for development and research of speech synthesis techniques. It includes a Scheme-based command interpreter.

Besides research into speech synthesis, festival is useful as a stand-alone speech synthesis program. It is capable of producing clearly understandable speech from text.

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. There are a number of graphical user interfaces that rely on Festival.

 Festival 2.1

Price
Free to download

Size
0.7MB
License

Free X11-type license

Developer
Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR) of the University of Edinburgh

Website
www.cstr.ed.ac.uk

System Requirements
festlex-cmu
festlex-poslex
festvox-kallpc16k
libestools2.1

Support Sites:
Online Demo, Manual, FAQ, Mailing Lists, Festival and Speech Synthesis at CMU

Selected Reviews:
Junauza

Features include:

  • Externally configurable language independent modules:
    • phonesets
    • lexicons
    • letter-to-sound rules
    • tokenizing
    • part of speech tagging
    • intonation and duration 
  • Waveform synthesizers:
    • Multisyn unit selection engine
    • HTS parametric synthesis engine
    • Clustergen parametric synthesis engine
    • Clunits unit selection engine
    • diphone based: residual excited LPC (and PSOLA not for distribution)
    • MBROLA database support
  • SABLE markup, Emacs, client/server, scripting interfaces
  • HTS hidden Markov model based synthesis engine API integration

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