ISCA Archive SSW 2004
ISCA Archive SSW 2004

Overview of voice building

Alan W. Black

The work involved in building synthetic voices has substantially simplified over the past few years, partly due to support through the FestVox project, a free set of scripts, tools, and documentation for building voices in new and already supported languages ( However, the building of reliable high quality synthetic voices still requires a substantial amount of skill. In this tutorial I will outline the basic processes required in building new synthetic voices, including phoneset definitions, data collection, labeling, lexicon construction, evaluation, etc. I will also discuss aspects of voice building when considering minority languages where standard resources are not readily available. Finally, I will discuss some of the challenges in making the building of synthetic voices more robust and such that it requires less knowledge of speech technology to be successful.

Cite as: Black, A.W. (2004) Overview of voice building. Proc. 5th ISCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis (SSW 5), (abstract)

  author={Alan W. Black},
  title={{Overview of voice building}},
  booktitle={Proc. 5th ISCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis (SSW 5)},