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Whistler: A Trainable Text-to-Speech System

Xuedong Huang, Alex Acero, J. Adcock, J. Goldsmith, and J. Liu


We introduce Whistler, a trainable Text-to-Speech (TTS) system, that automatically learns the model parameters from a corpus. Both prosody parameters and concatenative speech units are derived through the use of probabilistic learning methods that have been successfully used for speech recognition. Whistler can produce synthetic speech that sounds very natural and resembles the acoustic and prosodic characteristics of the original speaker. The underlying technologies used in Whistler can significantly facilitate the process of creating generic TTS systems for a new language, a new voice, or a new speech style.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inProc. of the Int. Conf. on Spoken Language Processing
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
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