11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Evaluation of Speaker Mimic Technology for Personalizing SGD Voices

Esther Klabbers (1), Alexander Kain (1), Jan P. H. van Santen (2)

(1) Biospeech Inc., USA
(2) Oregon Health & Science University, USA

In this paper, we demonstrate the use of state-of-the-art speech technology to transform speech from a source speaker to mimic a particular target speaker with the intention of providng personalized voices to users of Speech Generating Devices (SGDs). This speaker mimicry (SM) capability allows us to use high-quality acoustic inventories from professional speakers and transform them to a different target speaker using a very limited set of sentences from that speaker. This technology targets future SGD users who still have a limited vocabulary or available previous recordings. The results of a perceptual study show that listeners can identify which SM voices most resemble their respective target voices.

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Bibliographic reference.  Klabbers, Esther / Kain, Alexander / Santen, Jan P. H. van (2010): "Evaluation of speaker mimic technology for personalizing SGD voices", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 2154-2157.