HTS voices in festival

Steps to install HTS voices in festival

1. Install festival

2. Download the required hts voice tar.gz package( I recommend the cmu_us_slt_arctic_hts )

3. Untar it in any meaningful directory and copy the directory/festival/lib/voice to /usr/share/festival/voice

4. Now if you try to change the voice in festival by giving the command, (voice_cmu_us_slt_arctic_hts) and do a (SayText “Hello”) , it will give you the following error :
param -r not of type float

5. The show, just begins now, goto /usr/share/festival/voice/us/cmu_us_slt_arctic_hts/festvox

6. Now, vim cmu_us_slt_arctic_hts.scm and search for (“-u” ” 0.500000″).

7. When you get there remove the ” ” for all the float numbers, as in (“-u” 0.50000)
you have to do this for about 6 lines

8. :wq and you are done 🙂

Now open festival again , change the voice and try.
If you had installed my suggested version, you’ll hear a natural feminine voice

9. You can create a .festival rc with the following text and make this permanent
(set! voice_default ‘voice_cmu_us_slt_arctic_hts)

  1. Good start 🙂 Maybe, you can try to be a bit more elaborate.

    • praksh
    • July 20th, 2008

    Thanks, will make the posts more elaborate next time on. 🙂

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