OpenMary - open source unit selection as the basis for research on expressive synthesis

Marc Schröder, Anna Hunecke, Sacha Krstulovic

In: Proc. Blizzard Challenge Workshop 2006. SynSIG Blizzard Challenge (SSW) Pittsburgh PA United States 2006.


This paper describes the unit selection component of the open source text-to-speech system OpenMary. It is a generic unit selection component with parameterisable target and join cost functions followed by optional signal post-processing, and it has been created for the Blizzard challenge 2006. We describe the creation process, the core properties of the system and the preparation of a synthesis voice from the Blizzard data. We also point out the directions in which we are currently developing the system towards expressive unit selection.

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Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence