15th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

September 14-18, 2014

Investigating Source and Filter Contributions, and their Interaction, to Statistical Parametric Speech Synthesis

Thomas Merritt (1), Tuomo Raitio (2), Simon King (1)

(1) University of Edinburgh, UK
(2) Aalto University, Finland

This paper presents an investigation of the separate perceptual degradations introduced by the modelling of source and filter features in statistical parametric speech synthesis. This is achieved using stimuli in which various permutations of natural, vocoded and modelled source and filter are combined, optionally with the addition of filter modifications (e.g. global variance or modulation spectrum scaling). We also examine the assumption of independence between source and filter parameters. Two complementary perceptual testing paradigms are adopted. In the first, we ask listeners to perform “same or different quality” judgements between pairs of stimuli from different configurations. In the second, we ask listeners to give an opinion score for individual stimuli. Combining the findings from these tests, we draw some conclusions regarding the relative contributions of source and filter to the currently rather limited naturalness of statistical parametric synthetic speech, and test whether current independence assumptions are justified.

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Bibliographic reference.  Merritt, Thomas / Raitio, Tuomo / King, Simon (2014): "Investigating source and filter contributions, and their interaction, to statistical parametric speech synthesis", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 1509-1513.