Collapsed Speech Segment Detection and Suppression for WaveNet Vocoder

Yi-Chiao Wu, Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Tomoki Hayashi, Patrick Lumban Tobing, Tomoki Toda

In this paper, we propose a technique to alleviate the quality degradation caused by collapsed speech segments sometimes generated by the WaveNet vocoder. The effectiveness of the WaveNet vocoder for generating natural speech from acoustic features has been proved in recent works. However, it sometimes generates very noisy speech with collapsed speech segments when only a limited amount of training data is available or significant acoustic mismatches exist between the training and testing data. Such a limitation on the corpus and limited ability of the model can easily occur in some speech generation applications, such as voice conversion and speech enhancement. To address this problem, we propose a technique to automatically detect collapsed speech segments. Moreover, to refine the detected segments, we also propose a waveform generation technique for WaveNet using a linear predictive coding constraint. Verification and subjective tests are conducted to investigate the effectiveness of the proposed techniques. The verification results indicate that the detection technique can detect most collapsed segments. The subjective evaluations of voice conversion demonstrate that the generation technique significantly improves the speech quality while maintaining the same speaker similarity.

 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1210

Cite as: Wu, Y., Kobayashi, K., Hayashi, T., Tobing, P.L., Toda, T. (2018) Collapsed Speech Segment Detection and Suppression for WaveNet Vocoder. Proc. Interspeech 2018, 1988-1992, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1210.

  author={Yi-Chiao Wu and Kazuhiro Kobayashi and Tomoki Hayashi and Patrick Lumban Tobing and Tomoki Toda},
  title={Collapsed Speech Segment Detection and Suppression for WaveNet Vocoder},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2018},