Voice Quality: Functions, Analysis and Synthesis

August 27-29, 2003
Geneva, Switzerland

Physical Modeling of Voice and Voice Quality

Brad H. Story

Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

Physical modeling of the phonatory and vocal tract systems has served as a useful tool to study many aspects of speech production. This paper offers a brief review of two specific types of physically-based models. One for simulating the vibration of the vocal folds and another for representing the vocal tract shape in the form of an area function. While much of the technical detail of these models has been presented elsewhere, the emphasis here will be on providing examples of how physical models may be used for studying voice quality.

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Bibliographic reference.  Story, Brad H. (2003): "Physical modeling of voice and voice quality", In VOQUAL'03, 141-148.