Modification of speech: A tribute to Mike Macon

Jan Van Santen, J. Wouters, Alexander Kain

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


The paper provides an overview of, and puts in perspective, the contributions of Mike Macon to text-to-speech synthesis (TTS). The core of his work consists of signal processing algorithms that modify speech. The paper argues that major opportunities exist for TTS systems that modify the prosody of acoustic units, instead of searching for units having the required prosody. However, the challenges to making prosodic modification based systems sound more natural are formidable. The paper provides an overview of the several projects aimed at these challenges, and in which Macon played a role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2002 IEEE Workshop on Speech Synthesis
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0780373952, 9780780373952
StatePublished - 2002
Event2002 IEEE Workshop on Speech Synthesis - Santa Monica, United States
Duration: Sep 11 2002Sep 13 2002


Other2002 IEEE Workshop on Speech Synthesis
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Monica

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Cultural Studies

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