SqueezeWave: Extremely Lightweight Vocoders for On-device Speech Synthesis

16 Jan 2020  ·  Bohan Zhai, Tianren Gao, Flora Xue, Daniel Rothchild, Bichen Wu, Joseph E. Gonzalez, Kurt Keutzer ·

Automatic speech synthesis is a challenging task that is becoming increasingly important as edge devices begin to interact with users through speech. Typical text-to-speech pipelines include a vocoder, which translates intermediate audio representations into an audio waveform. Most existing vocoders are difficult to parallelize since each generated sample is conditioned on previous samples. WaveGlow is a flow-based feed-forward alternative to these auto-regressive models (Prenger et al., 2019). However, while WaveGlow can be easily parallelized, the model is too expensive for real-time speech synthesis on the edge. This paper presents SqueezeWave, a family of lightweight vocoders based on WaveGlow that can generate audio of similar quality to WaveGlow with 61x - 214x fewer MACs. Code, trained models, and generated audio are publicly available at https://github.com/tianrengao/SqueezeWave.

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Sound Audio and Speech Processing


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