The CSTR entry to the Blizzard Challenge 2016

Thomas Merritt, Srikanth Ronanki, Zhizheng Wu, Oliver Watts

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This paper describes the text-to-speech system entered by The Centre for Speech Technology Research into the 2016 Blizzard Challenge. This system is a hybrid synthesis system which uses output from a recurrent neural network to drive a unit selection synthesiser. The annual Blizzard Challenge conducts side-by-side testing of a number of speech synthesis systems trained on a common set of speech data. The task of the 2016 Blizzard Challenge is to train on expressively-read children's storybooks, and to synthesise speech in the same domain. The Challenge therefore presents an opportunity to test the effectiveness of several techniques we have developed when applied to expressive speech data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Blizzard Challenge 2016
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventBlizzard Challenge 2016 - Cupertino, United States
Duration: 16 Sep 201616 Sep 2016


ConferenceBlizzard Challenge 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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