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Festival is a general multi-lingual speech synthesis system originally developed at Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR) at the University of Edinburgh. Substantial contributions have also been provided by Carnegie Mellon University and other sites. It is distributed under a free software license similar to the BSD License.
It offers a full text to speech system with various APIs, as well an environment for development and research of speech synthesis techniques. It is written in C++ with a Scheme-like command interpreter for general customization and extension.


The Festvox project aims to make the building of new synthetic voices more systematic and better documented, making it possible for anyone to build a new voice. It is distributed under a free software license similar to the MIT License.
Festvox is a suite of tools for building synthetic voices for Festival. It includes a step-by-step tutorial with examples in document called Building Synthetic Voices.


Flite is a small run-time speech synthesis engine developed at Carnegie Mellon University. It is derived from Festival, originally from the University of Edinburgh, and the Festvox project from Carnegie Mellon University.

Linux compatibility

There is a Festival plug-in for GStreamer. Festival is pre-packaged for several Linux distributions.

See also

  • Flinger - FestivaL sINGER. MIDI based Festival interface for producing synthesized singing.
  • MBROLA, which Festival can optionally use as a back-end.
  • HTS, which Festival can also use as a back-end.
  • The Cepstral speech synthesis engine can be used with Festival.


External links

flite in Catalan: Festival (TTS)
flite in German: Festival (Software)
flite in Spanish: Festival (TTS)
flite in French: Festival Speech Synthesis System
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