The Voice Conversion Challenge 2016

Tomoki Toda, Ling-Hui Chen, Daisuke Saito, Fernando Villavicencio, Mirjam Wester, Zhizheng Wu, Junichi Yamagishi

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This paper describes the Voice Conversion Challenge 2016 devised by the authors to better understand different voice conversion (VC) techniques by comparing their performance on a common dataset. The task of the challenge was speaker conversion, i.e., to transform the voice identity of a source speaker into that of a target speaker while preserving the linguistic content. Using a common dataset consisting of 162 utterances for training and 54 utterances for evaluation from each of 5 source and 5 target speakers, 17 groups working in VC around the world developed their own VC systems for every combination of the source and target speakers, i.e., 25 systems in total, and generated voice samples converted by the developed systems. These samples were evaluated in terms of target speaker similarity and naturalness by 200 listeners in a controlled environment. This paper summarizes the design of the challenge, its result, and a future plan to share views about unsolved problems and challenges faced by the current VC techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterspeech 2016
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2016
EventInterspeech 2016 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 8 Sept 201612 Sept 2016

Publication series

PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
ISSN (Print)1990-9772


ConferenceInterspeech 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Internet address


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