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Speech Synthesizing Simultaneous Emotion-Related States

  • Felix BurkhardtEmail author
  • Benjamin Weiss
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11096)

Abstract

We describe an approach to simulate first and secondary emotional expression in synthesized speech simultaneously by targeting different parameter categories. The approach is based on the open-source system “Emofilt” which utilizes the diphone-synthesizer “Mbrola”. The evaluation of the approach by a perception experiment showed that the pure emotions were all recognized above chance. Whereas the results are promising, the ultimate aim to validly synthesize two emotions simultaneously was not fully reached. Apparently, some emotions dominate the perception (fear), and the salience or quality of synthesis does not seem to be equally distributed over the two feature bundles.

Keywords

Speech synthesis Emotion simulation Mixed emotions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.audEERING GmbHBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Technische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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