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Towards Speaking Style Transplantation in Speech Synthesis
Year:2013
Research Areas
  • Electronic technology and of the communications,
  • Electric engineers, electronic and automatic (eil)
Information
Abstract
One of the biggest challenges in speech synthesis is the production of naturally sounding synthetic voices. This means that the resulting voice must be not only of high enough quality but also that it must be able to capture the natural expressiveness imbued in human speech. This paper focus on solving the expressiveness problem by proposing a set of different techniques that could be used for extrapolating the expressiveness of proven high quality speaking style models into neutral speakers in HMM-based synthesis. As an additional advantage, the proposed techniques are based on adaptation approaches, which means that they can be used with little training data (around 15 minutes of training data are used in each style for this paper). For the final implementation, a set of 4 speaking styles were considered: news broadcasts, live sports commentary, interviews and parliamentary speech. Finally, the implementation of the 5 techniques were tested through a perceptual evaluation that proves that the deviations between neutral and speaking style average models can be learned and used to imbue expressiveness into target neutral speakers as intended.
International
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Congress
SSW8 2013 - 8th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop
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Place
Barcelona (España)
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
0000-0000
Start Date
31/08/2013
End Date
02/09/2013
From page
159
To page
163
Proceedings SSW8 2013 - 8th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop
Participants
  • Autor: Jaime Lorenzo Trueba (UPM)
  • Autor: Roberto Barra Chicote (UPM)
  • Autor: Junichi Yamagishi (CSTR, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
  • Autor: Oliver Watts (CSTR, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
  • Autor: Juan Manuel Montero Martinez (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Grupo de Tecnología del Habla
  • Departamento: Ingeniería Electrónica
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