Conference paper

Recent improvements to the IBM trainable speech synthesis system


In this paper we describe the current status of the trainable text-to-speech system at IBM. Recent algorithmic and database changes to the system have led to significant gains in the output quality. On the algorithms side, we have introduced statistical models for predicting pitch and duration targets which replace the rule-based target generation previously employed. Additionally, we have changed the cost function and the search strategy, introduced a post-search pitch smoothing algorithm, and improved our method of preselection. Through the combined data and algorithmic contributions, we have been able to significantly improve (p < 0.0001) the mean opinion score (MOS) of our female voice, from 3.68 to 4.85 when heard over speakers and to 5.42 when heard over the telephone (seven point scale).