Festival Speaks Italian!

Cosi Piero (1), Tesser Fabio (2), Gretter Roberto (2), Avesani Cinzia (1), Macon Michael (3)

(1) Istituto di Fonetica e Dialettologia - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

(2) Istituto Trentino di Cultura - Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica

(3) Oregon Graduate Institute for Science and Technology - Center for Spoken Language Understanding


Aalborg, Denmark, September 2001

IRST Tech. Rep. No. 0104-19


Finally Festival speaks Italian. In this work, the development of the first Italian version of the Festival TTS system is described. One male and one female voice for three different speech engines are considered: the Festival-specific residual LPC synthesizer, the OGI residual LPC Plug-In for Festival and the MBROLA synthesizer. The new Italian voices will be freely available for download for non-commercial purposes together with specific software modules at http://nts.csrf.pd.cnr.it/IFD/Pages/Italian-TTS.htm. This paper is devotedly dedicated to the memory of Mike Macon, whose recent passing on was really a shock to all of his friends.

paper (Word document, 590 kByte)