Quasi-Periodic Parallel WaveGAN Vocoder: A Non-Autoregressive Pitch-Dependent Dilated Convolution Model for Parametric Speech Generation

Yi-Chiao Wu, Tomoki Hayashi, Takuma Okamoto, Hisashi Kawai, Tomoki Toda


In this paper, we propose a parallel WaveGAN (PWG)-like neural vocoder with a quasi-periodic (QP) architecture to improve the pitch controllability of PWG. PWG is a compact non-autoregressive (non-AR) speech generation model, whose generative speed is much faster than real time. While utilizing PWG as a vocoder to generate speech on the basis of acoustic features such as spectral and prosodic features, PWG generates high-fidelity speech. However, when the input acoustic features include unseen pitches, the pitch accuracy of PWG-generated speech degrades because of the fixed and generic network of PWG without prior knowledge of speech periodicity. The proposed QPPWG adopts a pitch-dependent dilated convolution network (PDCNN) module, which introduces the pitch information into PWG via the dynamically changed network architecture, to improve the pitch controllability and speech modeling capability of vanilla PWG. Both objective and subjective evaluation results show the higher pitch accuracy and comparable speech quality of QPPWG-generated speech when the QPPWG model size is only 70% of that of vanilla PWG.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-1070

Cite as: Wu, Y., Hayashi, T., Okamoto, T., Kawai, H., Toda, T. (2020) Quasi-Periodic Parallel WaveGAN Vocoder: A Non-Autoregressive Pitch-Dependent Dilated Convolution Model for Parametric Speech Generation. Proc. Interspeech 2020, 3535-3539, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-1070.


@inproceedings{Wu2020,
  author={Yi-Chiao Wu and Tomoki Hayashi and Takuma Okamoto and Hisashi Kawai and Tomoki Toda},
  title={{Quasi-Periodic Parallel WaveGAN Vocoder: A Non-Autoregressive Pitch-Dependent Dilated Convolution Model for Parametric Speech Generation}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2020},
  pages={3535--3539},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2020-1070},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2020-1070}
}