Has anyone tried this?
Im using a very good scottish voice in festival (very natural & easy to understand and best all it doesnt "grate on you nerves" after listening to it for a while ) I'm useing the enhanced Nitech HTS scottish voice (nitech_us_awb_arctic_hts)
(HOWTO: Make festival TTS use better voices (MBROLA / CMU / HTS))
1 follow the "introduction" section
2 do the "Installing the standard Festvox diphone voices" but only install the standard voice "festvox-don"
sudo apt-get install festival festlex-cmu festlex-poslex festlex-oald libestools1.2 unzip
3 jump to the "Installing the enhanced Nitech HTS voices" but only install the "scottish voice"
sudo apt-get install festvox-don
4 continue on with "Unpacking the voices"
wget -c http://hts.sp.nitech.ac.jp/archives/2.1/festvox_nitech_us_awb_arctic_hts-2.1.tar.bz2
5 continue on with "installing the voices"
for t in `ls` ; do tar xvf $t ; done
6 continue on with "Tidy up"
sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/festival/voices/us
sudo mv lib/voices/us/* /usr/share/festival/voices/us/
sudo mv lib/hts.scm /usr/share/festival/hts.scm
7 continue on with "Testing voices and choosing a default voice" section and stop when you get to "Installing Festival 1.96 from source"
rm -rf hts_tmp/
8 open a pdf file with "okular"pdf viewer
9 select "Tools/T Speak Current Page" sub-menu
10 wait for it to start speaking (there is a delay the first time you select "Tools/T Speak Current Page" as it has to start up "festival"
if you want, you can use KTTS - the KDE Text-to-Speech system
right mouse click on its icon,
click on "ADD" icon,
set "Language" to "English (United Kingdom)",
set Synthesizer to "Festival Interactive",
click "ok" button,
click on " Festival Interactive nitech_us_awb_arctic_hts",
click "up" button,
click "apply" button,
click "ok" button
- the KDE Text-to-Speech system - is a plugin based service that allows any KDE (or non-KDE) application to speak using the DCOP interface.