The ESCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis

September 25-28, 1990
Autrans, France

Phonetic Aspects of The MULTIVOX Text-To-Speech System

Gábor Olászy, Géza Gordos, Géza Németh

Phonetics Laboratory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) / Technical University of Budapest, Hungary

MULTIVOX is a general purpose multi-lingual speaking system for IBM PC and compatible computers generating real time colloquial speech from any written text in the following languages: Hungarian, German, Finnish, Italian, Esperanto (Olaszy 1989). The Spanish, French and Portuguese versions are under development. The speech synthesis is based on the Philips PCF8200 free programmable formant synthesizer chip.

The MULTIVOX system can be easily adapted to different languages. The text-to-speech conversion programs, data and rules for one language need a maximum of 100 kbytes. The adaptation process - depending on the new language - takes about 1-3 months.

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Bibliographic reference.  Olászy, Gábor / Gordos, Géza / Németh, Géza (1990): "Phonetic aspects of the MULTIVOX text-to-speech system", In SSW1-1990, 277-280.