Segmental Pitch Control Using Speech Input Based on Differential Contexts and Features for Customizable Neural Speech Synthesis

  • Shinya Hanabusa
  • Takashi Nose
  • Akinori ItoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 110)


This paper proposes a technique for controlling the pitch of synthetic speech at a segmental level using user input speech within a framework of speech synthesis based on deep neural networks (DNNs). In a previous study, we proposed tailor-made speech synthesis, the speech synthesis technique which enables users to control the synthetic speech naturally and intuitively. We introduced differential fundamental frequency (F0) contexts into speaker model training of speech synthesis based on DNNs. The differential F0 context represents relative log F0 at the segmental level of training data. In this study, we use the user speech to determine the F0 contexts for synthetic speech. This approach allows users to modify and control the segmental pitch more flexibly, which will enhance the performance of the tailor-made speech synthesis.


DNN-based speech synthesis Tailor-made speech synthesis Prosody control Differential F0 context User speech input 



Part of this work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers JP16K13253 and JP17H00823.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of EngineeringTohoku UniversityAoba-ku, Sendai-shiJapan

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