5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

A Synthesis Method Based on Concatenation of Demisyllables and a Residual Excited Vocal Tract Model

Steve Pearson, Nick Kibre, Nancy Niedzielski

Panasonic Technologies, Inc./Speech Technology Lab, USA

This paper describes the back-end of a new, flexible, high-quality TTS system. Preliminary results have demonstrated a highly natural and intelligible output. Although the system follows some standard methodologies, such as concatenation, we have introduced a number of novel features and a combination of techniques that make our system unique. We will describe in detail many of the design decisions and compare them with other known systems. A demonstration of the speech quality with implanted prosody is available in waveform file ([WAVE stltts1.wav and stltts2.wav]) on the conference CD.

Full Paper   Sound Example #1   Sound Example #2  

Bibliographic reference.  Pearson, Steve / Kibre, Nick / Niedzielski, Nancy (1998): "A synthesis method based on concatenation of demisyllables and a residual excited vocal tract model", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0648.