ISCA Archive SSW 2021
ISCA Archive SSW 2021

How do Voices from Past Speech Synthesis Challenges Compare Today?

Erica Cooper, Junichi Yamagishi

Shared challenges provide a venue for comparing systems trained on common data using a standardized evaluation, and they also provide an invaluable resource for researchers when the data and evaluation results are publicly released. The Blizzard Challenge and Voice Conversion Challenge are two such challenges for text-to-speech synthesis and for speaker conversion, respectively, and their publicly-available system samples and listening test results comprise a historical record of stateof- the-art synthesis methods over the years. In this paper, we revisit these past challenges and conduct a large-scale listening test with samples from many challenges combined. Our aims are to analyze and compare opinions of a large number of systems together, to determine whether and how opinions change over time, and to collect a large-scale dataset of a diverse variety of synthetic samples and their ratings for further research. We found strong correlations challenge by challenge at the system level between the original results and our new listening test. We also observed the importance of the choice of speaker on synthesis quality.


doi: 10.21437/SSW.2021-32

Cite as: Cooper, E., Yamagishi, J. (2021) How do Voices from Past Speech Synthesis Challenges Compare Today? Proc. 11th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop (SSW 11), 183-188, doi: 10.21437/SSW.2021-32

@inproceedings{cooper21_ssw,
  author={Erica Cooper and Junichi Yamagishi},
  title={{How do Voices from Past Speech Synthesis Challenges Compare Today?}},
  year=2021,
  booktitle={Proc. 11th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop (SSW 11)},
  pages={183--188},
  doi={10.21437/SSW.2021-32}
}