10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

An Improved Minimum Generation Error Based Model Adaptation for HMM-Based Speech Synthesis

Yi-Jian Wu (1), Long Qin (2), Keiichi Tokuda (1)

(1) Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
(2) Carnegie Mellon University, USA

A minimum generation error (MGE) criterion had been proposed for model training in HMM-based speech synthesis. In this paper, we apply the MGE criterion to model adaptation for HMM-based speech synthesis, and introduce an MGE linear regression (MGELR) based model adaptation algorithm, where the regression matrices used to transform source models are optimized so as to minimize the generation errors of adaptation data. In addition, we incorporate the recent improvements of MGE criterion into MGELR-based model adaptation, including state alignment under MGE criterion and using a log spectral distortion (LSD) instead of Euclidean distance for spectral distortion measure. From the experimental results, the adaptation performance was improved after incorporating these two techniques, and the formal listening tests showed that the quality and speaker similarity of synthesized speech after MGELR-based adaptation were significantly improved over the original MLLR-based adaptation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wu, Yi-Jian / Qin, Long / Tokuda, Keiichi (2009): "An improved minimum generation error based model adaptation for HMM-based speech synthesis", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 1787-1790.