• Corpus ID: 25753997

CHATR the Corpus; a 20-year-old archive of Concatenative Speech Synthesis

@inproceedings{Campbell2016CHATRTC,
  title={CHATR the Corpus; a 20-year-old archive of Concatenative Speech Synthesis},
  author={Nick Campbell},
  booktitle={LREC},
  year={2016}
}
This paper reports the preservation of an old speech synthesis website as a corpus. CHATR was a revolutionary technique developed in the mid nineties for concatenative speech synthesis. The method has since become the standard for high quality speech output by computer although much of the current research is devoted to parametric or hybrid methods that employ smaller amounts of data and can be more easily tunable to individual voices. The system was first reported in 1994 and the website was… 

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