The Festival Speech Synthesis System
version 2.4 December 2014
This directory contains the Festival Speech Synthesis System,
developed at CSTR, University of Edinburgh. The project was originally
started by Alan W Black and Paul Taylor but many others have been
involved (see ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS file for full list).
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, and an Emacs
interface. Festival is multi-lingual (currently English (US and UK)
and Spanish are distributed but a host of other voices have been
developed by others) though English is the most advanced.
The system is written in C++ and uses the Edinburgh Speech Tools
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. Earlier versions were restricted to non-commercial
use but we have now relaxed those conditions. The licence is an X11
style licence thus it can be incorporated in commercial products
and free source products without restriction. See COPYING for the
Festival should run on any standard Unix platform. It has already run
on Solaris, SunOS, Linux and FreeBSD. It requires a C++ compiler (GCC
2.7.2, 2.8.1, 2.95., 3.2.3 3.3.2 RedHat "gcc-2.96", gcc 3.3, gcc
4.4.x and gcc-4.5.x are our standard compilers) to install. A port to
Windows XP/NT/95/98 and 2000 using either Cygnus GNUWIN32, this is
still new but many people are successfully using it.
A detailed description of installation and requirements for the whole
system is given in the file INSTALL read that for details.
Keep abreast of Festival News by regularly checking the Festival homepage
or the US site
New in Festival 2.2
updates to hts (hts_engine 1.07) and clustergen
New in Festival 2.1
Support for various new GCC compilers
Improved support for hts, clustergen, clunits and multisyn voices
lots of wee bugs fixed