Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

A Method of Creating a New Speakerís Voicefont in a Text-To-Speech System

Takashi Saito, Masaharu Sakamoto

IBM Research, Tokyo Research Laboratory, IBM Japan Ltd., Yamato-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan

This paper presents a method of creating a new speakerís voice database (VoiceFont) by which the voice of the donor speaker can be synthesized for mimicking in a text-to-speech system. A VoiceFont creation system, "VoiceFont Builder", is developed to make the creation process easier and more effective than current systems. The voice feature extraction applied in the system is a simple but powerful method that makes the most of the target speech synthesizer. Using a VoiceFont obtained, we conducted experiments on F0 contour generation in view of reproducing that of the donor speakerís voice.

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Bibliographic reference.  Saito, Takashi / Sakamoto, Masaharu (2000): "A method of creating a new speaker≤s voicefont in a text-to-speech system", In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 771-774.