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Flite: a small, fast run time synthesis engine

From Flite authors: "Flite (festival-lite) is a small, fast run-time synthesis engine developed at CMU and primarily designed for small embedded machines and/or large servers. Flite is designed as an alternative synthesis engine to Festival for voices built using the FestVox suite of voice building tools."


$ make menuconfig
Package Selection for the target  --->
    Audio libraries and applications  --->


  • Make sure your Audio Out is working. If not configure ALSA.
  • Use command line tool:
# flite -t "Hello world"
  • to list available voices:
# flite -lv
Voices available: kal awb_time kal16 awb rms slt
  • to use a different voice (here rms):
# flite -voice rms -t "You've got a new mail"
Note Note: If you get a "Segmentation Fault" when launching your OpenGL demos, try to do an
# export LD_PRELOAD=/lib/libpthread.so.0 
just before.


  • Some voices are quite long to compute, even on APF27 (ARM9 @ 400Mhz); default one is ok but IIRC not very impressive compared to what I was doing with my 8Mhz Amiga 2000 ;-) (JulienB).