10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Pulse Density Representation of Spectrum for Statistical Speech Processing

Yoshinori Shiga

NICT, Japan

This study investigates a new spectral representation that is suitable for statistical parametric speech synthesis. Statistical speech processing involves spectral averaging in the training process; however, averaging spectra in the domain of conventional speech parameters over-smooths the resulting means, which degrades the quality of the speech synthesised. In the proposed representation, high-energy parts of the spectrum, such as sections of dominant formants, are represented by a group of high-density pulses in the frequency domain. These pulsesí locations (i.e., frequencies) are then parameterised. The representation is theoretically capable of averaging spectra with less over-smoothing effect. The experimental results provide the optimal values of factors necessary for the encoding and decoding of the proposed representation towards the future applications of speech synthesis.

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Bibliographic reference.  Shiga, Yoshinori (2009): "Pulse density representation of spectrum for statistical speech processing", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 1771-1774.