InterSpeech 2021

Reinforce-Aligner: Reinforcement Alignment Search for Robust End-to-End Text-to-Speech
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Hyunseung Chung (Korea University, Korea), Sang-Hoon Lee (Korea University, Korea), Seong-Whan Lee (Korea University, Korea)
Text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis is the process of producing synthesized speech from text or phoneme input. Traditional TTS models contain multiple processing steps and require external aligners, which provide attention alignments of phoneme-to-frame sequences. As the complexity increases and efficiency decreases with every additional step, there is expanding demand in modern synthesis pipelines for end-to-end TTS with efficient internal aligners. In this work, we propose an end-to-end text-to-waveform network with a novel reinforcement learning based duration search method. Our proposed generator is feed-forward and the aligner trains the agent to make optimal duration predictions by receiving active feedback from actions taken to maximize cumulative reward. We demonstrate accurate alignments of phoneme-to-frame sequence generated from trained agents enhance fidelity and naturalness of synthesized audio. Experimental results also show the superiority of our proposed model compared to other state-of-the-art TTS models with internal and external aligners.