is a text-to-speech application that is callable from within Asterisk
. Voice is rather rough, but usable. The Festival source code requires a simple patch that is available in the standard /usr/src/asterisk distribution/cvs See Asterisk CVS?
. Without the patch, festival will not function with asterisk at all.
URL: Festival can be downloaded from http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/festival (cache)
What to download: check the readme files at the site for specific files associated with different countries. Be careful to watch the licensing, not every language file is allowed for commercial use.
For US/English, start with:
The Redhat-provided RPM's for Festival will not work out of the box with Asterisk. If these are installed, you should remove them with:
You can then proceed with the download, patch, and installation of Festival as described here.