Anna Hunecke

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The paper assesses the capability of an HMM-based TTS system to produce German speech. The results are discussed in qualitative terms, and compared over three different choices of context features. In addition, the system is adapted to a small set of football announcements, in an exploratory attempt to synthesise expressive speech. We conclude that the HMMs(More)
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(More)
The present paper reports on the creation of German unit selection voices from corpora which had been recorded and annotated previously in the BITS project. We describe the unit selection mechanism of our MARY TTS platform, as well as the tools for creating a synthesis voice from a speech corpus, and their application to the creation of German unit(More)
The paper investigates the potential of HMM based synthesis to support the parameterisation of expressive speech in German. First, we review the assets of HMMs in the perspective of previous works in speech modelling and speech transformation. It is shown that HMMs define a flexible parametric model of the speech acoustics, which readily integrates several(More)
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