Flite (from festival-lite) is a small, fast text-to-speech engine designed for embedded use (low footprint, high performance). It’s NICE! Reimplements parts of the well-known Festival speech synthesis program in a smaller footprint (I always like small footprints), so that voices can be converted for Flite use easily from Festival’s collection.

I like the idea of text-to-speech for certain utilities, and I really like the idea of having something small and easy-to-use. I tried out some random webtext with the example tool (it’s really designed as a library to embed in your programs, but provides a pre-built command-line tool to show basic functionality), and it worked quite well! I have ideas…

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