Personalized Synthetic Voices for Speaking Impaired: Website and App

Authors: D. Erro Inma Hernaez Agustin Alonso D. García-Lorenzo Eva Navas J. Ye Haritz Arzelus Irazusta Igor Jauk N. Q. Hy C. Magariños R. Pérez-Ramón M. Sulír Xiaohai Tian X. Wang

Date: 06.09.2015


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Abstract

This paper describes the current state of the work that is being carried out in the framework of the ZureTTS project to give a personalized voice to people who cannot speak in their own. Despite the availability of tools and algorithms to synthesize speech and adapt it to new speakers, this process is affordable only for experts. To overcome this problem, we recently developed  a web interface that assists users in doing so. At this point only healthy users can fully personalize the synthetic voice via adaptation, while impaired users can just manually tune a few  dimensions of it. As a complement, we have launched an Android application that connects to the ZureTTS server and makes use of its functionalities in an intuitive way. Although many parts of the system need to be improved, its current version is publicly accessible and ready to be used.

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This paper describes the current state of the work that is being carried out in the framework of the ZureTTS project to give a personalized voice to people who cannot speak in their own. Despite the availability of tools and algorithms to synthesize speech and adapt it to new speakers, this process is affordable only for experts. To overcome this problem, we recently developed  a web interface that assists users in doing so. At this point only healthy users can fully personalize the synthetic voice via adaptation, while impaired users can just manually tune a few  dimensions of it. As a complement, we have launched an Android application that connects to the ZureTTS server and makes use of its functionalities in an intuitive way. Although many parts of the system need to be improved, its current version is publicly accessible and ready to be used.


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