Eighth ISCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
August 31-September 2, 2013

Singing Voice Synthesis in the Context of Music Technology Research

Xavier Serra

Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

The synthesis of the singing voice has always been very much tied to speech synthesis. Since the initial work of Max Mathews with Kelly and Lochbaum at Bell Labs in the 1950s many engineers and musicians have explored the potential of speech processing techniques in music applications. After reviewing some of this history I will present the work done in my research group to develop synthesis engines that could sound as natural and expressive as a real singer, or choir, and whose inputs could be just the score and the lyrics of the song. Some of this research is being done in collaboration with Yamaha and has resulted in the Vocaloid software synthesizer. In the talk I want to make special emphasis on the specificities of the music context and thus on the technical requirements needed for the use of a synthesis technology in music applications.


Bibliographic reference.  Serra, Xavier (2013): "Singing voice synthesis in the context of music technology research", In SSW8 (abstract and presentation).