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May 2004

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Copyright 2004 IEEE. Reprinted from Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing 2004 (ICASSP 2004) Volume 1, pages I-1 - I-4.
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Abstract

The objective of voice conversion methods is to modify the speech characteristics of a particular speaker in such manner, as to sound like speech by a different target speaker. Current voice conversion algorithms are based on deriving a conversion function by estimating its parameters through a corpus that contains the same utterances spoken by both speakers. Such a corpus, usually referred to as a parallel corpus, has the disadvantage that many times it is difficult or even impossible to collect. Here, we propose a voice conversion method that does not require a parallel corpus for training, i.e. the spoken utterances by the two speakers need not be the same, by employing speaker adaptation techniques to adapt to a particular pair of source and target speakers, the derived conversion parameters from a different pair of speakers. We show that adaptation reduces the error obtained when simply applying the conversion parameters of one pair of speakers to another by a factor that can reach 30% in many cases, and with performance comparable with the ideal case when a parallel corpus is available.

Keywords

voice conversion, gaussian mixture model, text-to-speech synthesis, speaker adaptation

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Date Posted: 19 November 2004

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