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Project: THT - Festival Utterrance.

A Festival mbrola voice:
Research and Personal Experience By Vincent Angus Williams - scribe63
All rights to respective copyright owners


As the Chinese proverb says :
"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. But involve me and I'll understand."


Listen

Intro Install Config Usage Conclusion

Conclusion:
I did run into a couple errors during this process, because i changed the name of the default directory from '/festival/voices/english/us1_mbrola' to '/festival/voices/english/us1-mbrola-festival'.
That threw a 'us1_mbrola' directory not found error.

The other error i got was becasue of making a
'/festival/voices/english/us1_mbrola/us1/us1' directory structure for the mbrola voice database.
This threw a incompatible system architecture error.
This was corrected by just using '/festival/voices/english/us1_mbrola/us1' directory structure for the voice database.

Thus far the female voice is working fine reading text documents and in text2wave files. Later on i'll attempt to tweak it a bit to see how realistic i can get it to sound, and test some of the intermediate examples, like reading email and so forth.


References:
For festival mbrola info
http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/festival/mbrola.html
http://www.aerospacesoftware.com/text-to-speech-howto.html

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A festival tutorial
http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_speechd

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A manual with festival mbrola info.
http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/pub/mirrors/flightgear/ftp/Docs/getstart.pdf

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For mbrola program, voice database, and instructions.
http://tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis/mbrola/mbrcopybin.html
http://tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis/mbrola/bin/pclinux/mbr301h.zip
http://tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis/mbrola/dba/us1/us1-980512.zip
After unzipping 'mbr301h.zip' the readme.txt file is helpful for installing and setting mbrola

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For festival and voices at festival site.
http://festvox.org/packed/festival/1.95/
http://festvox.org/packed/festival/1.95/VOICES.README
http://festvox.org/packed/festival/1.95/festlex_POSLEX.tar.gz
http://festvox.org/packed/festival/1.95/festlex_CMU.tar.gz
http://festvox.org/packed/festival/1.95/festvox_us1.tar.gz
After unzipping the festvox_us1.tar.gz, the
'/us1/festival/voices/english/us1_mbrola/festvoxus1_mbrola.scm' contains the main
instructions for installing and setting up the voice.


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