Second International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA 2001)

Florence, Italy
September 13-15, 2001

Reconstruction of Speech from Whispers

Robert W. Morris, Mark A. Clements

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

This paper investigates a method for the real-time reconstruction of normal speech from whispers. This system could be used by aphonic individuals as a voice prosthesis. It could also provide improved verbal communication when normal speech is not appropriate. The normal speech is synthesized using the mixed excitation linear prediction model. Differences between whispered and phonated speech are discussed and methods for estimating the parameters of this model from whispered speech for real-time synthesis are proposed. This includes modification of the formants and smoothing of the noisy linear prediction spectra and synthesis of the excitation signal. Trade-offs between computational complexity, delay, and accuracy of different methods are discussed.

Index Terms. Whispered speech; voice parameter extraction; voice parameter modification; voice prosthesis

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Bibliographic reference.  Morris, Robert W. / Clements, Mark A. (2001): "Reconstruction of speech from whispers", In MAVEBA-2001, 144-149.