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The MBROLA Project and Flamory

Flamory provides the following integration abilities:

  • Create and use window snapshots for The MBROLA Project
  • Take and edit The MBROLA Project screenshots
  • Automatically copy selected text from The MBROLA Project and save it to Flamory history

Screenshot editing

Flamory helps you capture and store screenshots from The MBROLA Project by pressing a single hotkey. It will be saved to a history, so you can continue doing your tasks without interruptions. Later, you can edit the screenshot: crop, resize, add labels and highlights. After that, you can paste the screenshot into any other document or e-mail message.

Application info

The aim of the MBROLA project, initiated by the TCTS Lab of the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium), is to obtain a set of speech synthesizers for as many languages as possible, and provide them free for non-commercial applications. The ultimate goal is to boost academic research on speech synthesis, and particularly on prosody generation, known as one of the biggest challenges taken up by Text-To-Speech synthesizers for the years to come.

Central to the MBROLA project is MBROLA, a speech synthesizer based on the concatenation of diphones. It takes a list of phonemes as input, together with prosodic information (duration of phonemes and a piecewise linear description of pitch), and produces speech samples on 16 bits (linear), at the sampling frequency of the diphone database used (it is therefore NOT a Text-To-Speech (TTS)synthesizer, since it does not accept raw text as input). This synthesizer is provided for free, for non commercial, non military applications only.

Diphone databases tailored to the Mbrola format are needed to run the synthesizer. A French voices have been made available by the authors of MBROLA, and the MBROLA project has itself been organized so as to incite other research labs or companies to share their diphone databases. The terms of this sharing policy can be summarized as follows :

After some official agreement between the author of MBROLA and the owner of a diphone database, the database is processed by the author and adapted to the Mbrola format, for free. The resulting Mbrola diphone database is made available for non-commercial, non-military use as part of the MBROLA project. Commercial rights on the Mbrola database remain with the database provider for exclusive use with the Mbrola software.

Integration level may vary depending on the application version and other factors. Make sure that user are using recent version of The MBROLA Project. Please contact us if you have different integration experience.