I am looking for recommendations for speech databases of English speakers, containing male and female voices of different ages. Ideally the voices would cover large range of speakers with both a range of similar and dissimilar sounding speakers (i.e. across different pitch, vocal tract length, formant frequencies). Alternatively does anyone know of some realistic speech generation software that allows manipulation of these parameters and is suitable for generating large stimulus batteries? Basically I’m hoping to have a database of speakers that allows me to (as much as possible) parametrise the characteristics of speakers voices.
I have found a few potential databases and speech generation packages but I’d really love to know which ones people prefer (and to know which ones I’ve missed).
All help welcome!
Dr Joseph Sollini
UCL Ear Institute