Speaker interpolation for HMM-based speech synthesis system

元データ 社団法人 日本音響学会

概要

This paper describes an approach to voice characteristics conversion for an HMM-based text-to-speech synthesis system using speaker interpolation.Although most text-to-speech synthesis systems which synthesize speech by concatenating speech units can synthesize speech with acceptable quality, they still cannot synthesize speech with various voice quality such as speaker individualities and emotions;In order to control speaker individualities and emotions, therefore, they need a large database, which records speech units with various voice characteristics in sythesis phase.On the other hand, our system synthesize speech with untrained speaker's voice quality by interpolating HMM parameters among some representative speakers' HMM sets.Accordingly, our system can synthesize speech with various voice quality without large database in synthesis phase.An HMM interpolation technique is derived from a probabilistic similarity measure for HMMs, and used to synthesize speech with untrained speaker's voice quality by interpolating HMM parameters among some representative speakers' HMM sets.The results of subjective experiments show that we can gradually change the voice quality of synthesized speech from one's to the other's by changing the interpolation ratio.

著者

Yoshimura Takayoshi Department of Cardiology, Ikuwakai Memorial Hospital
Masuko Takashi Department Of Agricultural And Biological Chemistry College Of Bioresource Sciences Nihon University
Tokuda Keiichi Department Of Computer Science And Engineering Nagoya Institute Of Technology
Kobayashi Takao Department Of Bioregulatory Function Graduate School Of Medicine The University Of Tokyo
Kitamura Tadashi Department Of Cardiothoracic Surgery Faculty Of Medicine University Of Tokyo
Yoshimura Takayoshi Department of Computer Science,Nagoya Institute of Technology,Gokiso-cho,Showa-ku,Nagoya,466-8555 Japan
Masuko Takashi Department of Information Processing,Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering,Tokyo Institute of Technology,4259,Nagatsuta-cho,Midori-ku,Yokohama,226-8502 Japan

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