Converting Anyone’s Emotion: Towards Speaker-Independent Emotional Voice Conversion

Kun Zhou, Berrak Sisman, Mingyang Zhang, Haizhou Li

Emotional voice conversion aims to convert the emotion of speech from one state to another while preserving the linguistic content and speaker identity. The prior studies on emotional voice conversion are mostly carried out under the assumption that emotion is speaker-dependent. We consider that there is a common code between speakers for emotional expression in a spoken language, therefore, a speaker-independent mapping between emotional states is possible. In this paper, we propose a speaker-independent emotional voice conversion framework, that can convert anyone’s emotion without the need for parallel data. We propose a VAW-GAN based encoder-decoder structure to learn the spectrum and prosody mapping. We perform prosody conversion by using continuous wavelet transform (CWT) to model the temporal dependencies. We also investigate the use of F0 as an additional input to the decoder to improve emotion conversion performance. Experiments show that the proposed speaker-independent framework achieves competitive results for both seen and unseen speakers.

 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2014

Cite as: Zhou, K., Sisman, B., Zhang, M., Li, H. (2020) Converting Anyone’s Emotion: Towards Speaker-Independent Emotional Voice Conversion. Proc. Interspeech 2020, 3416-3420, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2014.

  author={Kun Zhou and Berrak Sisman and Mingyang Zhang and Haizhou Li},
  title={{Converting Anyone’s Emotion: Towards Speaker-Independent Emotional Voice Conversion}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2020},