Re: Vowel Synthesis


    Feb 24 2006 | 6:26 am
    Will,
    I've been catching up on MaxMSP messages (_really catching up). If you are still pursuing vowel synthesis, I have a patch that might be of interest, a kind of "vocal synth" that imposes formants on arbitrary sounds. It includes MIDI control, vibrato, dipthongs and a rough approximation of some consonantal effects (though I still have to add filtered noise in specific bands to really get the sounds I want). It is not, I suspect, particularly useful for real voice synthesis--I always intended it to a an instrument that could sound like a voice--but is it a pretty complete patch.
    BTW, I used formants documented in Music, Cognition and Computerized Sound, Perry R. Cook, ed., MIT Press 1999. Three bands of resonant filters are probably sufficient for spoken voice vowel sounds. Singing voice adds at least one more band, according to the literature I've read.
    -- Paul
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