Comprehensive source-target speaker voice conversion analysis

He Pan, Yangjie Wei, Nan Guan, Yi Wang

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Abstract

Voice conversion system modifies a speaker’s voice to be perceived as another speaker uttered, and now it is widely used in many real applications. However, most research only focuses on one aspect performance of voice conversion system, rare theoretical analysis and experimental comparison on the whole source-target speaker voice conversion process has been introduced. Therefore, in this paper, a comprehensive analysis on source-target speaker voice conversion is conducted based on three key steps, including acoustic features selection and extraction, voice conversion model construction, and target speech synthesis, and a complete and optimal source-target speaker voice conversion is proposed. First, a simple and direct serial feature fusion form consisting of prosodic feature, spectrum parameter and spectral envelope characteristic, is proposed. Then, to void the discontinuity and spectrum distortion of a converted speech, D_GMM (Dynamic Gaussian Mixture Model) considering dynamic information between frames is presented. Subsequently, for speech synthesis, STRAIGHT algorithm synthesizer with feature combination is modified. Finally, the objective contrast experiment shows that our new source-target voice conversion process achieves better performance than the conventional methods. In addition, both objective evaluation (speaker recognition system) and subjective evaluation are used to evaluate the quality of converted speech, and experimental result shows that the converted speech has higher target speaker individuality and speech quality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-48
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Simulation: Systems, Science and Technology
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • D_GMM
  • Serial feature fusion
  • Speaker recognition
  • Straight synthesis
  • Voice conversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation

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