Whispered-to-voiced Alaryngeal Speech Conversion with Generative Adversarial Networks [article]

Santiago Pascual, Antonio Bonafonte, Joan Serrà, Jose A. Gonzalez
2018 arXiv   pre-print
Most methods of voice restoration for patients suffering from aphonia either produce whispered or monotone speech. Apart from intelligibility, this type of speech lacks expressiveness and naturalness due to the absence of pitch (whispered speech) or artificial generation of it (monotone speech). Existing techniques to restore prosodic information typically combine a vocoder, which parameterises the speech signal, with machine learning techniques that predict prosodic information. In contrast,
more » ... is paper describes an end-to-end neural approach for estimating a fully-voiced speech waveform from whispered alaryngeal speech. By adapting our previous work in speech enhancement with generative adversarial networks, we develop a speaker-dependent model to perform whispered-to-voiced speech conversion. Preliminary qualitative results show effectiveness in re-generating voiced speech, with the creation of realistic pitch contours.
arXiv:1808.10687v2 fatcat:oaofgzqf3zdurpszupynevvuha