building a different sounding voice in an established language
This is my first post, and didn't find anything on looking for the
information. As a matter of fact, aside from the building voices how to
(a bit complex to read, but very informative and useful) I haven't found
anything to get what I would want. I have a very small-ish project, of
using MisterHouse, and like programs, to talk using festival. The
default voices are great for testing, but I am looking at using a
specific voice print to speak using festival in English. Actually I have
two ideas, one is to extract the voice samples of the voice I want
(voice acted out, out of a series of DVD's I have) to get the voice
sound I desire (since I have a hard time finding a person in real life
to help me with the voice sound I desire. the other idea is to use a
voice from a different language (French, German, Japanese, something
like that) and use it on an English language speaking Festival.
I don't know if it is possible to use existing portions of pre-built
voices and extend them, and move the speech patterns and diphones over,
or if it would be better to just build everything from scratch (which I
have never done, as of yet) and do it that way.
With the building of the voices, is it possible to get smooth
natural sounding phrases on the fly? As I have said, and/or alluded to,
I am a beginner with this, and I am used to items like Nuance speech
engines, and so forth.