Taco-VC: A Single Speaker Tacotron based Voice Conversion with Limited Data [article]

Roee Levy Leshem, Raja Giryes
<span title="2020-06-19">2020</span> <i > arXiv </i> &nbsp; <span class="release-stage" >pre-print</span>
This paper introduces Taco-VC, a novel architecture for voice conversion based on Tacotron synthesizer, which is a sequence-to-sequence with attention model. The training of multi-speaker voice conversion systems requires a large number of resources, both in training and corpus size. Taco-VC is implemented using a single speaker Tacotron synthesizer based on Phonetic PosteriorGrams (PPGs) and a single speaker WaveNet vocoder conditioned on mel spectrograms. To enhance the converted speech
more &raquo; ... y, and to overcome over-smoothing, the outputs of Tacotron are passed through a novel speechenhancement network, which is composed of a combination of the phoneme recognition and Tacotron networks. Our system is trained just with a single speaker corpus and adapts to new speakers using only a few minutes of training data. Using mid-size public datasets, our method outperforms the baseline in the VCC 2018 SPOKE non-parallel voice conversion task and achieves competitive results compared to multi-speaker networks trained on large private datasets.
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