Advancing Accessibility: Voice Cloning and Speech Synthesis for Individuals with Speech Disorders

Vinotha R, Hepsiba D, L. D. Vijay Anand, Deepak John Reji
Electrical Engineering and Systems Science, Audio and Speech Processing, Audio and Speech Processing (eess.AS), Sound (cs.SD)
2024-01-22 00:00:00
Neural Text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis is a powerful technology that can generate speech using neural networks. One of the most remarkable features of TTS synthesis is its capability to produce speech in the voice of different speakers. This paper introduces voice cloning and speech synthesis an open-source python package for helping speech disorders to communicate more effectively as well as for professionals seeking to integrate voice cloning or speech synthesis capabilities into their projects. This package aims to generate synthetic speech that sounds like the natural voice of an individual, but it does not replace the natural human voice. The architecture of the system comprises a speaker verification system, a synthesizer, a vocoder, and noise reduction. Speaker verification system trained on a varied set of speakers to achieve optimal generalization performance without relying on transcriptions. Synthesizer is trained using both audio and transcriptions that generate Mel spectrogram from a text and vocoder which converts the generated Mel Spectrogram into corresponding audio signal. Then the audio signal is processed by a noise reduction algorithm to eliminate unwanted noise and enhance speech clarity. The performance of synthesized speech from seen and unseen speakers are then evaluated using subjective and objective evaluation such as Mean Opinion Score (MOS), Gross Pitch Error (GPE), and Spectral distortion (SD). The model can create speech in distinct voices by including speaker characteristics that are chosen randomly.
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