Fifth ISCA ITRW on Speech Synthesis

June 14-16, 2004
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Accurate Spectral Envelope Estimation for Articulation-to-Speech Synthesis

Yoshinori Shiga, Simon King

Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

This paper introduces a novel articulatory-acoustic mapping in which detailed spectral envelopes are estimated based on the cepstrum, inclusive of the high-quefrency elements which are discarded in conventional speech synthesis to eliminate the pitch component of speech. For this estimation, the method deals with the harmonics of multiple voiced-speech spectra so that several sets of harmonics can be obtained at various pitch frequencies to form a spectral envelope. The experimental result shows that the method estimates spectral envelopes with the highest accuracy when the cepstral order is 48-64, which suggests that the higher order coeffcients are required to represent detailed envelopes reflecting the real vocal-tract responses.

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Bibliographic reference.  Shiga, Yoshinori / King, Simon (2004): "Accurate spectral envelope estimation for articulation-to-speech synthesis", In SSW5-2004, 19-24.