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I tried installing Festival from Synaptic to use it with Orca, but it did not show up on Orca's speech synthesizer list.

I installed the following packages:

  • festival
  • festival-freebsoft-utils
  • speech-dispatcher-festival
  • festlex-oald
  • festlex-cmu
  • festvox-kallpc16k
  • festvox-kdlpc16k
  • festlex-poslex
  • festvox-don
  • festvox-ellpc11k
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

To all appearances, you should have the applications needed for festival to work with orca. Have you gone into Orca Preferences, Speech tab and changed the "Speech System" to 'GNOME Speech Services'? After that, you can change the "Speech synthesizer" to Festival.

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The only option on the speech system list is "Speech Dispatcher" – spayk Nov 6 '10 at 3:50
Did you install libgnome-speech7 when installing festival? – charlie-tca Nov 7 '10 at 21:32
Looks like that was the missing piece, thanks. – spayk Nov 10 '10 at 11:30

try my script ;)


#       Copyright Paolo Rotolo <>
#       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
#       it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
#       the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
#       (at your option) any later version.
#       This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
#       but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
#       GNU General Public License for more details.

sudo apt-get install festival
sudo apt-get install festvox-italp16k
sudo apt-get install festvox-itapc16k

echo "(set! main-path "/usr/share/festival")
(set! load-path (cons main-path load-path))(set! load-path (cons main-path load-path))" >> .festivalvarsr

echo "(set! main-path "/usr/share/festival")(set! libdir main-path)(set! lexdir (path-append libdir "dicts"))(set! voice_default 'voice_lp_diphone)" >> .festivalrc

sudo apt-get install gnome-speech-swift

espeak -v it -s 150 "Complimenti. Avete installato Festival sul vostro pc. La voce che sentite non è di festival. Per attivarlo andate nelle preferenze di orca e alla voce, sistema di sintesi vocale, selezionate Servizi sintesi vocale di GNOME. Alla voce, Sintetizzatore di sintesi vocale, selezionate Festival GNOME Speech Driver. Alla voce impostazioni della voce, selezionate Predefinita. Infìne, alla voce, persona, selezionate pc_diphone, se volete la voce maschile, oppure lp_diphone, se volete la voce femminile.
Orca verrà avviato automaticamente."

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