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SLT 2018
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Neural TTS Voice Conversion

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Abstract

Recently, speaker adaptation of neural TTS models received significant interest, and several studies focusing on this topic have been published. All of them explore an adaptation of an initial multi-speaker model trained on a corpus containing from tens to hundreds of individual speaker voices.In this work we focus on a challenging task of TTS voice conversion where an initial system is trained on a single-speaker data and then need to be adapted to a variety of external speaker voices. The TTS voice conversion setup represents a very important use case. Transcribed multi-speaker datasets might be unavailable for many languages while any TTS technology provider is expected to have at least one suitable single-speaker dataset per supported language.We present a neural TTS system comprising separate prosody generator and synthesizer DNN models. The system is trained on a high quality proprietary male speaker dataset. We show that the system models can be converted to a variety of external male and female ordinary voices and an extremely expressive artist's voice and present crowd-base subjective evaluation results.

Date

11 Feb 2019

Publication

SLT 2018

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