Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

The Blizzard Challenge 2005 CMU Entry - A Method for Improving Speech Synthesis Systems

John Kominek, Christina L. Bennett, Brian Langner, Arthur R. Toth

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

In CMU's Blizzard Challenge 2005 entry we investigated twelve ideas for improving Festival-based unit selection voices. We tracked progress by adopting a 3-tiered strategy in which candidate ideas must pass through three stages of listening tests to warrant inclusion in the final build. This allowed us to evaluate ideas consistently without us having large human resources at our disposal, and thereby improve upon our baseline system within a short amount of time.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Kominek, John / Bennett, Christina L. / Langner, Brian / Toth, Arthur R. (2005): "The blizzard challenge 2005 CMU entry - a method for improving speech synthesis systems", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 85-88.