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This paper describes the techniques and approaches developed for building synthetic voices in Blizzard 2008 speech synthesis challenge. We have submitted three different voices: English full voice, English ARCTIC voice and Mandarin voice. Our system is identified as D. In building the three voices, our approach has been to experiment and exploit syllable-like large units for concatenative synthesis. Inspite of large database supplied in Blizzard 2008, we find that a back-off strategy is essential in using syllable-like units. In this paper we propose a novel technique of approximate matching of the syllables as back-off technique for building voices.
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Added on April 11, 2012


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  • Product Type : Research Paper
  • License Type : Freeware
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  • Author : E.Veera Raghavendra, Srinivas Desai, B Yegnanarayana, Alan W Black, Kishore Prahallad
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