Perceptual Error Identification of Human and Synthesized Voices

Perceptual Error Identification of Human and Synthesized Voices

Author Englert, Marina Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Madazio, Glaucya Google Scholar
Gielow, Ingrid Google Scholar
Lucero, Jorge Google Scholar
Behlau, Mara Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Abstract Objectives/Hypothesis. To verify the discriminatory ability of human and synthesized voice samples. Study Design. This is a prospective study. Methods. A total of 70 subjects, 20 voice specialist speech-language pathologists (V-SLPs), 20 general SLPs (G-SLPs), and 30 naive listeners (NLs) participated of a listening task that was simply to classify the stimuli as human or synthesized. Samples of 36 voices, 18 human and 18 synthesized vowels, male and female (9 each), with different type and degree of deviation, were presented with 50% of repetition to verify intrarater consistency. Human voices were collected froma vocal clinic database. Voice disorders were simulated by perturbations of vocal frequency, jitter (roughness), additive noise (breathiness) and by increasing tension and decreasing separation of the vocal folds (strain). Results. The average amount of error considering all groups was 37.8%, 31.9% for V-SLP, 39.3% for G-SLP, and 40.8% for NL. V-SLP had smaller mean percentage error for synthesized (24.7%), breathy (36.7%), synthesized breathy (30.8%), and tense (25%) and female (27.5%) voices. G-SLP and NL presented equal mean percentage error for all voices classification. All groups together presented no difference on the mean percentage error between human and synthesized voices (P value = 0.452). Conclusions. The quality of synthesized samples was very high. V-SLP presented a lower amount of error, which allows us to infer that auditory training assists on vocal analysis tasks.
Keywords Voice
Auditory perception
Language English
Date 2016
Published in Journal Of Voice. New York, v. 30, n. 5, p. -, 2016.
ISSN 0892-1997 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Mosby-Elsevier
Extent -
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000384010300023

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