On the quality of speech produced by impulse driven linear systems

W.D.E. Verhelst

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    Abstract

    It is shown that a recently proposed technique for high-quality waveform manipulation can be formulated as a pitch-excited vocoder. This waveform vocoder produces high-quality speech over a wide range of prosodic modifications, showing that natural sounding speech can be produced using an impulse driven linear synthesis model. In a pilot experiment, waveform vocoding techniques were applied on the LPC (linear predictive coding) residue to investigate the relative importance of amplitude and phase in the synthesis of male and female voices. It was found that the amplitude information contributed more to speech quality than phase information, and that, for male voices, amplitude information alone was sufficient to make the synthetic speech quality almost indistinguishable from that of natural speech
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 91, Toronto, Canada, May 14-17, 1991
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    Publication statusPublished - 1991

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    Verhelst, W. D. E. (1991). On the quality of speech produced by impulse driven linear systems. In Proceedings IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 91, Toronto, Canada, May 14-17, 1991 https://doi.org/10.1109/ICASSP.1991.150386