INTERSPEECH 2009
10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Voice Morphing Based on Interpolation of Vocal Tract Area Functions Using AR-HMM Analysis of Speech

Yoshiki Nambu, Masahiko Mikawa, Kazuyo Tanaka

University of Tsukuba, Japan

This paper presents a new voice morphing method which focuses on the continuity of phonological identity overall inter- and extrapolated regions. Main features of the method are 1) to separate the characteristic of vocal tract area resonances from that of vocal cord waves by using AR-HMM analysis of speech, 2) interpolation in a log vocal tract area function domain and 3) independent morphing for the vocal tract resonances and vocal cord wave characteristics. By the morphing system constructed on a statistical conversion method, the continuity of formants and perceptual difference between a conventional method and the proposed method are confirmed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Nambu, Yoshiki / Mikawa, Masahiko / Tanaka, Kazuyo (2009): "Voice morphing based on interpolation of vocal tract area functions using AR-HMM analysis of speech", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 2639-2642.