4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
Philadelphia, PA, USA
We introduce Whistler, a trainable Text-to-Speech (TTS) system, that automatically learns the model parameters from a corpus. Both prosody parameters and concatenative speech units are derived through the use of probabilistic learning methods that have been successfully used for speech recognition. Whistler can produce synthetic speech that sounds very natural and resembles the acoustic and prosodic characteristics of the original speaker. The underlying technologies used in Whistler can significantly facilitate the process of creating generic TTS systems for a new language, a new voice, or a new speech style.
Bibliographic reference. Huang, X. D. / Acero, Alex / Adcock, J. / Hon, H. W. / Goldsmith, J. / Liu, J. / Plumpe, Mike (1996): "Whistler: a trainable text-to-speech system", In ICSLP-1996, 2387-2390.