On the Suitability of the Riesz Spectro-Temporal Envelope for WaveNet Based Speech Synthesis

Jitendra Kumar Dhiman, Nagaraj Adiga, Chandra Sekhar Seelamantula


We address the problem of estimating the time-varying spectral envelope of a speech signal using a spectro-temporal demodulation technique. Unlike the conventional spectrogram, we consider a pitch-adaptive spectrogram and model a spectro-temporal patch using an amplitude- and frequency-modulated two-dimensional (2-D) cosine signal. We employ a demodulation technique based on the Riesz transform that we proposed recently to estimate the amplitude and frequency modulations. The amplitude modulation (AM) corresponds to the vocal-tract filter magnitude response (or envelope) and the frequency modulation (FM) corresponds to the excitation. We consider the AM and demonstrate its effectiveness by incorporating it as an acoustic feature for local conditioning in the statistical WaveNet vocoder for the task of speech synthesis. The quality of the synthesized speech obtained with the Riesz envelope is compared with that obtained using the envelope estimated by the WORLD vocoder. Objective measures and subjective listening tests on the CMU-Arctic database show that the quality of synthesis is superior to that obtained using the WORLD envelope. This study thus establishes the Riesz envelope as an efficient alternative to the WORLD envelope.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2626

Cite as: Dhiman, J.K., Adiga, N., Seelamantula, C.S. (2019) On the Suitability of the Riesz Spectro-Temporal Envelope for WaveNet Based Speech Synthesis. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 944-948, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2626.


@inproceedings{Dhiman2019,
  author={Jitendra Kumar Dhiman and Nagaraj Adiga and Chandra Sekhar Seelamantula},
  title={{On the Suitability of the Riesz Spectro-Temporal Envelope for WaveNet Based Speech Synthesis}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={944--948},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2626},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2626}
}