Evaluation of speaker mimic technology for personalizing SGD voices

Esther Klabbers, Alexander Kain, Jan P.H. Van Santen

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Abstract

In this paper, we demonstrate the use of state-of-the-art speech technology to transform speech from a source speaker to mimic a particular target speaker with the intention of providng personalized voices to users of Speech Generating Devices (SGDs). This speaker mimicry (SM) capability allows us to use high-quality acoustic inventories from professional speakers and transform them to a different target speaker using a very limited set of sentences from that speaker. This technology targets future SGD users who still have a limited vocabulary or available previous recordings. The results of a perceptual study show that listeners can identify which SM voices most resemble their respective target voices.1

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2010
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Pages2154-2157
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2010

Keywords

  • Perceptual evaluation
  • Prosody modeling
  • Speech synthesis
  • Voice transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing

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