Festival Multisyn Voices for the 2007 Blizzard Challenge

K. Richmond, V. Strom, R. Clark, J. Yamagishi, S. Fitt

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Abstract

This paper describes selected aspects of the Festival Multisyn entry to the Blizzard Challenge 2007. We provide an overview of the process of building the three required voices from the speech data provided. This paper focuses on new features of Multisyn which are currently under development and which have been employed in the system used for this Blizzard Challenge. These differences are the application of a more flexible phonetic lattice representation during forced alignment labelling and the use of a pitch accent target cost component. Finally, we also examine aspects of the speech data provided for this year's Blizzard Challenge and raise certain issues for discussion concerning the aim of comparing voices made with differing subsets of the data provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. Blizzard Challenge Workshop (in Proc. SSW6)
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007

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