Pitch-scale modification using the modulated aspiration noise source
September 17, 2006
Spectral harmonic/noise component analysis of spoken vowels shows evidence of noise modulations with peaks in the estimated noise source component synchronous with both the open phase of the periodic source and with time instants of glottal closure. Inspired by this observation of natural modulations and of fullband energy in the aspiration noise source, we develop an alternate approach to high-quality pitch-scale modification of continuous speech. Our strategy takes a dual processing approach, in which the harmonic and noise components of the speech signal are separately analyzed, modified, and re-synthesized. The periodic component is modified using standard modification techniques, and the noise component is handled by modifying characteristics of its source waveform. Since we have modeled an inherent coupling between the periodic and aspiration noise sources, the modification algorithm is designed to preserve the synchrony between temporal modulations of the two sources. The reconstructed modified signal is perceived in informal listening to be natural-sounding and typically reduces artifacts that occur in standard modification techniques.