Hungarian Speech Synthesis Using a Phase Exact HNM Approach

TitleHungarian Speech Synthesis Using a Phase Exact HNM Approach
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsKovács K, Kocsor A, Tóth L
EditorF. Grosky PWI
Conference NameSOFSEM 2002: Theory and Practice of Informatics: 29th Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Informatics, LNAI vol. 2540
Pagination181 - 185
Date PublishedNovember
PublisherSpringer-Verlag GmbH
Place PublishedMilovy, Czech Republic

Unnaturally sounding speech prevents the listeners from recognizing the message of the signal. In this paper we demonstrate how a precise initial phase approximation can improve the naturalness of artificially generated speech. Using the Harmonic plus Noise Model provided by Stylianou as a framework for a Hungarian speech synthesis, the exact initial phase extension of the system can be easily performed. The proposed method turns out to be more effective in preserving the sound characteristics and quality than the original one.