The aim of the MBROLA project, recently initiated by the Faculte Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium), is to obtain a set of speech syn- thesizers for as many voices, languages and dialects as possible, free of use for non-commercial and non-military applications. The ul- timate goal is to boost up 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 2.00, a speech syn- thesizer based on the concatenation of diphones. Executable files of this synthesizer have been made freely available for many com- puters/operating systems, as well as a first diphone database for a French male voice.
We describe here the terms of participation to the project, as a user, as an associated developer, or as a database