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FFFFFFF   RRRRR      
F         R    R     4    
F         R     R    4    4
F         R    R     4    4
FFFFF     RRRR       4    4
F         R   R      4444444
F         R    R          4
F         R     R         4  
F         R      R Release 2.069

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Table of Contents
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1.0 A brief description of the FR4 database
2.0 Distribution
3.0 Installation, and tests
4.0 Author

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1.0 A brief description of FR4
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FR4 2.069 release is a French diphone database provided in the context
of the MBROLA project see: http://tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis

It  provides  a French  female   voice  to  be  used  with the  MBROLA
program. The central  pitch of the database  is 200Hz, and the nominal
sampling rate is 22050Hz. 

Input files    use the SAMPA  (SAM    Phonetic Alphabet)  notation  as
recommended by  the EEC-SAM  Project.  Here is a  list  of the  French
phonemes it accounts for, with examples. 

(NB :  the  table below  is encoded  as ASCII ISO8859-1;  use an ASCII
editor to see it correctly ) 

SAMPA	EXAMPLES
i	idiot, ami
e	ému, été
E	perdu, maison
a	alarme, patte
O	obstacle, corps
o	auditeur, beau
u	coupable, loup
y	punir, élu
2	creuser, deux
9	malheureux, peur
@	petite, fortement
e~	peinture, matin
a~	vantardise, temps
o~	rondeur, bon
9~	lundi, brun
j	piétiner, choyer
w	quoi, fouine
H	huile, nuage
p	patte, repas, cap
t	tête, net
k	carte, écaille, bec
b	bête, habile, robe
d	dire, rondeur, chaud
g	gauche, égal, bague
f	feu, affiche, chef
s	soeur, assez, passe
S	chanter, machine, poche
v	vent, inventer, rêve
z	zéro, raisonner, rose
Z	jardin, manger, piège
l	long, élire, bal
R	rond, charriot, sentir
m	madame, aimer, pomme
n	nous, punir, bonne
N  ping, pong
_	(silence marker)

Limitations:
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Notice that SAMPA 'h' (halte,hop) is not defined.

SAMPA 'J'  (agneau, peigner, règne) should  be entered as two separate
phonemes : 'n' and 'j'.

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2.0 Distribution
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This distribution of mbrola contains the following files :

   fr4        : the database itself
   fr4.txt    : This file
   license.txt: must read before using the database
    
and a number of example .PHO files : 

bonjour.pho     Greetings
hier.pho        Oldies
kundera.pho     Milan Kundera, Unbearable lightness of being
mbrola.pho      My voice is synthesized thanks to a new bla bla bla

Additional languages  and  voices, as  well as other   example command
files,  are or   will  be available in   the   context of  the  MBROLA
project. Please consult the MBROLA project homepage : 
   http://tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis

Registered users will automatically be notified of the availability of
new   databases.  To   freely  register,  simply   send an   email  to
mbrola-interest-request@tcts.fpms.ac.be  with the word 'subscribe'  in
the message title.

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3.0 Installation and Tests
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If you  have not copied  the MBROLA software   yet, please consult the
MBROLA project homepage and get it.

Copy fr4.zip into the mbrola directory and unzip it : 

   unzip fr4.zip (or pkunzip on PC/DOS)
   (don't forget to delete the .zip file when this is done)

On PC-Windows register fr4 with the Wizard in the control panel.

On unix platforms, try:

   mbrola fr4 TEST/bonjour.pho bonjour.wav

to create a sound  file for the word  'bonjour'.  In this  example the
audio file follows the RIFF Wav format. But depending on the extension
bonjour.au,  bonjour.aif, or   bonjour.raw you can  obtain other  file
formats. Listen to  it with your  favorite  sound editor, and  try the
other command files (*.pho)  to have a better idea  of the quality  of
speech you can synthesize with the MBROLA technique.

On Unix systems you can pipe the audio ouput to the sound player as on
a HP : mbrola fr4 TEST/bonjour.pho - | splayer -srate 16000 -l16 

Also refer  to the readme.txt file  provided with  the mbrola software
for using it.

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4.0 Author
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This  database  was recorded by Babel Technologies SA - Belgium.
For  questions   concerning   the   database   itself    contact
pagel@babeltech.com 

Contact mbrola@tcts.fpms.ac.be,  for general information, questions on
the installation of software and databases.