Neural Speech Synthesis for Estonian

10/06/2020 ∙ by Liisa Rätsep, et al. ∙ 0

This technical report describes the results of a collaboration between the NLP research group at the University of Tartu and the Institute of Estonian Language on improving neural speech synthesis for Estonian. The report (written in Estonian) describes the project results, the summary of which is: (1) Speech synthesis data from 6 speakers for a total of 92.4 hours is collected and openly released (CC-BY-4.0). Data available at https://konekorpus.tartunlp.ai and https://www.eki.ee/litsents/. (2) software and models for neural speech synthesis is released open-source (MIT license). Available at https://koodivaramu.eesti.ee/tartunlp/text-to-speech . (3) We ran evaluations of the new models and compared them to other existing solutions (HMM-based HTS models from EKI, http://www.eki.ee/heli/, and Google's speech synthesis for Estonian, accessed via https://translate.google.com). Evaluation includes voice acceptability MOS scores for sentence-level and longer excerpts, detailed error analysis and evaluation of the pre-processing module.

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