12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

A Hybrid Quasi-Harmonic/CELP Wideband Speech Coding Scheme for Unit Selection TTS Synthesis

Chang-Heon Lee (1), Olivier Rosec (1), Yannis Stylianou (2)

(1) Orange Labs, France
(2) University of Crete, Greece

This paper suggests a new wideband speech coding model to efficiently compress acoustic inventories for concatenative unit selection text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis system. To fulfill the requirements of TTS synthesizer such as partial segment decoding and random access capability, a non-predictive scheme was adopted which combines the adaptive Quasi-Harmonic Model (aQHM) with the innovative codebook (ICB) model. aQHM plays a major role in modeling pitch harmonic components, and ICB compensates, in a closed-loop way, for the modeling error of aQHM. This is especially important in transient or unvoiced regions. To further improve the coding efficiency, a hybrid coding framework is also suggested. Results from a large French speech database show that the proposed algorithm provides similar speech quality to the high quality AMR-WB codec while it supports the random access capability.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lee, Chang-Heon / Rosec, Olivier / Stylianou, Yannis (2011): "A hybrid quasi-harmonic/CELP wideband speech coding scheme for unit selection TTS synthesis", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 2537-2540.