Paper: ModelTalker Voice Recorder—An Interface System for Recording a Corpus of Speech for Synthesis

ACL ID P08-4008
Title ModelTalker Voice Recorder—An Interface System for Recording a Corpus of Speech for Synthesis
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

We will demonstrate the ModelTalker Voice Recorder (MT Voice Recorder) – an interface system that lets individuals record and bank a speech database for the creation of a synthetic voice. The system guides users through an au- tomatic calibration process that sets pitch, amplitude, and silence. The system then prompts users with both visual (text-based) and auditory prompts. Each recording is screened for pitch, amplitude and pronuncia- tion and users are given immediate feedback on the acceptability of each recording. Users can then rerecord an unacceptable utterance. Recordings are automatically labeled and saved and a speech database is created from these recordings. The system’s intention is to make the process of recording a corpus of ut- terances relatively easy fo...