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Multisyn: Open-domain unit selection for the Festival speech synthesis system

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-330
Number of pages14
JournalSpeech Communication
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Abstract

We present the implementation and evaluation of an open-domain unit selection speech synthesis engine designed to be flexible enough to encourage further unit selection research and allow rapid voice development by users with minimal speech synthesis knowledge and experience. We address the issues of automatically processing speech data into a usable voice using automatic segmentation techniques and how the knowledge obtained at labelling time can be exploited at synthesis time. We describe target cost and join cost implementation for such a system and describe the outcome of building voices with a number of different sized datasets. We show that, in a competitive evaluation, voices built using this technology compare favourably to other systems.

    Research areas

  • Speech synthesis, Unit selection

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