Godfrey Philander

Text to Speech

English Afrikaans

Mobile Compatible

MBROLA: Free Speech Synthesis Project

The aim of the MBROLA project, initiated by the TCTS Lab of the Faculte 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 MBROLA source code is held tightly by its owners, but fortunately they provide standalone binaries for a large number of platforms. In addition, a large number of diphone voice databases exist for many languages.

MBROLA: Free Speech Synthesis Project

FreeTTS support for MBROLA on the Windows platform has been troublesome in the past, but appears to have been fixed by the MBROLA team. Please refer to the FreeTTS Forum for more information.

One Afrikaans voice exist, named af1 (male) provided by Daan Wissing . Three US English voices exist, named us1 (female), us2 (male) and us3 (male). Thanks to the work of Marc Schroder, text-to-speech Researcher in the Language Technology Lab at DFKI, Saarbrucken, Germany, FreeTTS can use these voices.

Download and Install MBROLA Binaries
The MBROLA binaries and voice databases can be downloaded free for non-commercial, non-military use at: http://tcts.fpms.ac.be/synthesis/mbrola.html

Download and install Mbrola .PHO Creator for Afrikaans.

eFriend Character

eFriend Character is a free talking human head, that can be used in addition to eLite or the Mbrola Tools.

Permission is granted to use this software for non-commercial, non-military purposes, with and only with the Mbrola Tools or Mbrola Tools derived products, or with eLite Demo or an eLite Demo derived product.

This software may not be sold or incorporated into any product which is sold without prior permission from the author.

When no charge is made, this software may be copied and distributed freely. You must have VB6 runtimes installed to use this program.

eFriend Character is based on Multitel ASBL technology.  http://www.multitel.be/

You MUST HAVE the  eFriend.dll of Multitel ASBL installed on you system to be able to use eFriend Character Click here to download

Advanced Text to Speech

Converts text to speech, text to mp3, text to wave, text to ogg in human voices in (Afrikaans, English, Dutch and German)!

Advanced Text to Speech is a program which reads e-text aloud. It records either WAV, OGG or MP3 files which you can transfer to a portable player to listen to anywhere. You can get through all your computer-based reading, even when you are not at the computer. You can listen to electronic books, web pages, email and other text-based documents. While listening, you can cook, exercise or just relax.

Lernout & Hauspie TTS3000 Engines may be downloaded from the table below. You need to download and install both the TTS Engine and the Language Add-On for the desired Language. To enable Advanced Text To Speech to speak in Afrikaans, it is nessesary that the Dutch Engine and Language Add-on be downloaded and installed. At present the program is in itÂ’s BETA stage and will only READ the text, but not create any sound files.

To use this program, please do the following:

Install Microsoft SAPI 4.0a Runtime (

Download and install msttsf22l.exe (2.32MB) - English

Download and install lhttsdun.exe (2.58MB) - Dutch
Download and install agtx0413.exe (lang add-on for Dutch)

Download and install lhttsged.exe (2.18MB)  - German
Download and install agtx0407.exe (lang add-on for German)

Download and install Advanced Text to Speech