Could you please help me to install voices from here, I read the manual But I don't know how can 'Get the en1'.

  • I've seen ways to play with espeak with sox post-filters if you just want to modify a voice, use swift from cepstral to use more human sounding voices, or plug cepstral voices in to festival for use with IVRs. I haven't seen a way to plug more human voices in to espeak though. – RobotHumans Nov 29 '14 at 21:58
  1. Download: http://www.tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis/mbrola/bin/pclinux/mbr301h.zip
  2. Copy text to run in terminal line by line:

    cd Downloads
    unzip mbr301h.zip
    sudo cp mbrola-linux-i386 /usr/bin/mbrola
  3. Download: http://www.tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis/mbrola/dba/en1/en1-980910.zip

  4. Copy text to run in terminal line by line:

    unzip en1-980910.zip
    cp en1/en1 /usr/share/mbrola/en1
  5. Now run espeak, with options

    espeak -v mb-en1 "Hello world"
  6. Nice, but it seems he is reading too fast, try:

    espeak -v mb-en1 -s 120 "Hello world"
  • Thank you so much, Do you know any other way to improve voice quality and pronunciation? – Daniyal Dec 2 '14 at 8:02
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    @Daniyal : You can generate phonems with espeak and process them through mbrola : espeak -v mb-en1 -s 120 "Hello world" --pho|mbrola /usr/share/mbrola/en1 output.wav (note the addition of --pho option to espeak). – Skippy le Grand Gourou Sep 7 '15 at 13:56
  • @SkippyleGrandGourou No I can't, got this error: FATAL ERROR : cannot find file /usr/share/mbrola/en1 ! mbrola: FATAL ERROR : cannot find file /usr/share/mbrola/voices/en1 ! mbrowrap error: mbrola exited with status 216 mbrola voice not found I don't know what you want but may be you can use of it espeak -v mb-us2 -s 120 "Hello world" -w output.wav --pho – Daniyal Sep 8 '15 at 15:24
  • @Daniyal : it means you have the en1 voice neither in /usr/share/mbrola (which you should if you followed step 4 of Mateo's reply) nor in /usr/share/mbrola/voices. Either fix that (by creating the directory manually and copying voices there) or replace /usr/share/mbrola/en1 by the path to an mbrola voice already installed. It's really worth it, voice is much smoother with mbrola (though not perfect yet). – Skippy le Grand Gourou Sep 9 '15 at 7:48
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    It's down for me but I managed to find it on the wayback machine: web.archive.org/web/20180627172600/http://www.tcts.fpms.ac.be/… – faissaloo Oct 27 '18 at 16:21

Here is a copy of Mateo's answer as a single command and cleanup.

You will need sudo privileges to copy to /usr/bin/.

mkdir tmp_mbrola
cd tmp_mbrola
wget http://www.tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis/mbrola/bin/pclinux/mbr301h.zip
unzip mbr301h.zip
sudo cp mbrola-linux-i386 /usr/bin/mbrola
wget http://www.tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis/mbrola/dba/en1/en1-980910.zip
unzip en1-980910.zip
sudo mkdir /usr/share/mbrola
sudo cp en1/en1 /usr/share/mbrola/en1
cd ..
sudo rm -Rf ./tmp_mbrola/
espeak -v mb-en1 -s 160 "Hello world"

I am getting this error when text is read but it seems to work:

*** Error in `mbrola': free(): invalid pointer: 0x08af1dd8 ***

If anyone knows what is causing this error please let me know in the comments.

  • I get the same error, I would just guess its the way its installed, oh well. – TheCodingKlam Nov 3 '16 at 17:59

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