The 4 project enables the building of speech synthesis systems automatically
from data with little or no expert supervision, thus creating speech synthesisers
for new languages or domains in a quick, easy and pain-free way. Whilst substantial
effort has been invested over the years into developing novel and progressively
more natural sounding speech synthesis techniques, there has always been a high
entry barrier to building a speech synthesis system in a new language, because
conventional methods require expensive linguistic resources, detailed expert
knowledge, and a high degree of skill in system `tuning'. The result is that
only a very few of the world's languages have speech synthesis systems. For
those less widely-spoken languages that do have a system available, the quality
of the synthetic speech is not very good, because of the lack of resources available
and the lack of skills to `tune' the system.
The main objectives of 4 are to address this imbalance by providing Open Source tools to:
Bibliographic reference. Clark, Robert A. J. (2014): "Simple4all", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 1502-1503.