Efficiently Trainable Text-to-Speech System Based on Deep Convolutional Networks with Guided Attention

This paper describes a novel text-to-speech (TTS) technique based on deep convolutional neural networks (CNN), without use of any recurrent units. Recurrent neural networks (RNN) have become a standard technique to model sequential data recently, and this technique has been used in some cutting-edge neural TTS techniques. However, training RNN components often requires a very powerful computer, or a very long time, typically several days or weeks. Recent other studies, on the other hand, have shown that CNN-based sequence synthesis can be much faster than RNN-based techniques, because of high parallelizability. The objective of this paper is to show that an alternative neural TTS based only on CNN alleviate these economic costs of training. In our experiment, the proposed Deep Convolutional TTS was sufficiently trained overnight (15 hours), using an ordinary gaming PC equipped with two GPUs, while the quality of the synthesized speech was almost acceptable.

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