12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Adding Glottal Source Information to Intra-Lingual Voice Conversion

Javier Pérez, Antonio Bonafonte

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

This paper studies the inclusion of glottal source characteristics in voice conversion (VC) systems. We use source/filter decomposition to parametrize the vocal tract using LSF, the glottal source using the LF model, and the aspiration noise using amplitude-modulated high-pass filtered AWGN noise. To evaluate the impact of this new parametrization in VC, we use a reference conversion system that estimates a linear transformation function using a joint target/source model obtained with CART and GMM. The reference system is based on the LPC model, uses LSF to represent the vocal tract and a selection technique for the residual. We use the reference algorithm to build a VC system for each of the three parameter sets. We compared both parametrizations in the framework of an intra-lingual voice conversion task in Spanish. The results show that the new source/filter representation clearly improves the overall performance, both in terms of speaker identity transformation and voice quality.

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Bibliographic reference.  Pérez, Javier / Bonafonte, Antonio (2011): "Adding glottal source information to intra-lingual voice conversion", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 2773-2776.