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6035272 Method and apparatus for synthesizing speech  
A speech synthesizing apparatus for deforming and connecting speech pieces to synthesize speech has a speech waveform database for storing data of an accent type of a speech piece of a word or a...
6032117 Reproduction device outputting combined sequence of user-specific and user independent voice message data  
A voice reproduction device including a voice data accumulation unit, a voice data editing unit for editing and outputting voice data accumulated at the voice data accumulation unit and a voice...
6029132 Method for letter-to-sound in text-to-speech synthesis  
A two-stage pronunciation generator utilizes mixed decision trees that includes a network of yes-no questions about letter, syntax, context, and dialect in a spelled word sequence. A second stage...
6018709 Speech and sound synthesizers with connected memories and outputs  
A speech synthesizing circuit includes a speech synthesizing integrated circuit chip and an audio synthesizing integrated circuit chip. The speech synthesizing integrated circuit chip has a...
6012054 Database system with methods for performing cost-based estimates using spline histograms  
Database system and methods are described for improving execution speed of database queries (e.g., for decision support) by provides methods employing spline histograms for improving the...
6009394 System and method for interfacing a 2D or 3D movement space to a high dimensional sound synthesis control space  
A system and method is provided for navigating a manifold in a high-dimensional space and to interface sound to movement. According to the system of the invention, an input movement sensor...
6009393 Code printing apparatus  
A code printing apparatus includes a speech input unit for inputting speech information, a code output unit for printing the speech information input by the speech input unit on a medium as an...
5993217 Learning apparatus  
A learning apparatus for use with a computer comprising a set of tactile flash cards, each individual card having a tactilely perceptible pattern embossed on a surface of the card and two...
5991722 Speech synthesizer system for use with navigational equipment  
A speech synthesis system for receiving input information from navigational equipment and for producing selected audio output signals associated with the input information. The system includes a...
5986200 Solid state interactive music playback device  
An interactive music playback device includes a sequencer for processing audio information corresponding to a song or other selected piece of music. The audio information may be retrieved from a...
5983184 Hyper text control through voice synthesis  
The present invention enables a visually impaired user to freely and easily control hyper text. A voice synthesis program orally reads hyper text on the Internet. In synchronization with this...
5978765 Voice generation control apparatus  
A voice generation control apparatus includes a one-bit voice flag, a voice start address register used for temporarily saving a voice start address, and a terminator detector for detecting a...
5978764 Speech synthesis  
Portions of recorded speech waveform (e.g., corresponding to phonemes) are combined to synthesize words. In order to provide a smoother delivery, each voiced portion of a waveform portion has its...
5970453 Method and system for synthesizing speech  
A method and system for synthesizing acoustic waveforms in, for example, a text-to-speech system is disclosed which employs the concatenation of a very large number of very small, sub-phoneme,...
5970440 Method and device for short-time Fourier-converting and resynthesizing a speech signal, used as a vehicle for manipulating duration or pitch  
A method is described for short-time Fourier-converting a speech signal and for resynthesizing an output speech signal from the modulus of its short-time Fourier transform and from an initial...
5966690 Speech recognition and synthesis systems which distinguish speech phonemes from noise  
The language is composed using phonemes which is easy to separate in an environment of noise and disturbing sound.An acoustic signal comprising phonemes which is easy to separate in an environment...
5956680 Virtual audio generation and capture in a computer  
A system and method of virtualized audio generation and capture in a computer system is disclosed employing the native central processing unit and a system management mechanism, to generate and...
5949961 Word syllabification in speech synthesis system  
The present invention relates to a system and method of word syllabification. The present invention receives a word to be syllabified and determines therefrom all possible substrings capable of...
5946658 Cartridge-based, interactive speech recognition method with a response creation capability  
A technique for improving speech recognition in low-cost, speech interactive devices. This technique calls for selectively implementing a speaker-specific word enrollment and detection unit in...
5943648 Speech signal distribution system providing supplemental parameter associated data  
A speech signal distribution system includes a transmitting subsystem and one or more receiving subsystems. The transmitting subsystem has a text to speech converter for converting text into a...
5940797 Speech synthesis method utilizing auxiliary information, medium recorded thereon the method and apparatus utilizing the method  
In a method and apparatus which use actual speech as auxiliary information and synthesize speech by speech synthesis by rule, prosodic information for a phoneme sequence of each word of a word...
5940791 Method and apparatus for speech analysis and synthesis using lattice ladder notch filters  
A method and apparatus for analyzing and synthesizing speech includes a programmable lattice-ladder notch filter which may be programmed to exhibit both filter poles and filter zeros and thereby...
5940796 Speech synthesis client/server system employing client determined destination control  
The data control unit in the voice synthesizing server of the present invention receives from a client data to be processed to synthesize voice, and determines the type of the received data. If...
5933805 Retaining prosody during speech analysis for later playback  
A speech system includes a speech encoding system and a speech decoding system. The speech encoding system includes a speech analyzer for identifying each of the speech segments (i.e., phonemes)...
5930756 Method, device and system for a memory-efficient random-access pronunciation lexicon for text-to-speech synthesis  
A method (400, 900, 1000, 1100), device (1205, 1306) and system (1207, 1308) provide memory-efficient encoding of the random-access lexicon for a text-to-speech synthesis system. The method...
5930754 Method, device and article of manufacture for neural-network based orthography-phonetics transformation  
A method (2000), device (2200) and article of manufacture (2300) provide, in response to orthographic information, efficient generation of a phonetic representation. The method provides for, in...
5913193 Method and system of runtime acoustic unit selection for speech synthesis  
The present invention pertains to a concatenative speech synthesis system and method which produces a more natural sounding speech. The system provides for multiple instances of each acoustic unit...
5905972 Prosodic databases holding fundamental frequency templates for use in speech synthesis  
Prosodic databases hold fundamental frequency templates for use in a speech synthesis system. Prosodic database templates may hold fundamental frequency values for syllables in a given sentence....
5899974 Compressing speech into a digital format  
A method for compressing speech. An audio signal comprising speech is broken down into its phonetic components. These phonetic components are then converted into data elements that represent each...
5897617 Method and device for preparing and using diphones for multilingual text-to-speech generating  
Diphones are prepared for text-to-speech converting by selectively pronouncing a set of selected diphones and processing each such diphone for persistent storage. Finally, each processed diphone...
5897324 Multimedia-book operable with removable data storage media implemented with universal interfacing book-adapting processor  
An universal multimedia book interfacing device is disclosed in this invention. This device is used for operation with a multimedia book. The interfacing device includes a first adapting connector...
5896442 Voice announcement technique of an electronic exchange system  
A voice announcement technique of an electronic exchange system having a main processor for controlling a voice announcement function and a time switch which switches a voice announcement message...
5895449 Singing sound-synthesizing apparatus and method  
A singing sound-synthesizing apparatus sequentially synthesizes vocal sounds based on singing data including lyric data of a lyric formed of a plurality of phonemes and sounding data designating a...
5893060 Method and device for eradicating instability due to periodic signals in analysis-by-synthesis speech codecs  
A method and device eradicate the occasional instability inherent in analysis-by-synthesis speech/audio codecs and caused in particular by channel errors during transmission of highly periodic...
5893061 Method of synthesizing a block of a speech signal in a celp-type coder  
A new scheme to generate the stochastic excitation for a CELP-type speech codec based upon a hybrid stochastic codebook search technique including use of regular pulse excitation codebooks is...
5890115 Speech synthesizer utilizing wavetable synthesis  
A wavetable speech synthesis apparatus includes a wavetable memory for defining a plurality of primitive speech sounds. The primitive speech elements are individually assigned to a memory cell...
5890117 Automated voice synthesis from text having a restricted known informational content  
Improved automated synthesis of human audible speech from text is disclosed. Performance enhancement of the underlying text comprehensibility is obtained through prosodic treatment of the...
5875427 Voice-generating/document making apparatus voice-generating/document making method and computer-readable medium for storing therein a program having a computer execute voice-generating/document making sequence  
A voice-generating information making apparatus comprises: a talking way data storing section for storing therein talking way data comprising character string information grouped according to the...
5873063 LSP speech synthesis device  
A speech synthesis application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) based on an Line Spectrum Pair (LSP) scheme. In the ASIC, the LSP parameter is encoded and two's complement fixed-point serial...
5867818 Programmable sound synthesizer apparatus  
Programmable control apparatus applicable for use with a sound synthesizer is disclosed having a programming method to be structured in a first table format (10) defining the configurations (13,...
5864812 Speech synthesizing method and apparatus for combining natural speech segments and synthesized speech segments  
A method and apparatus for synthesizing speech. According to one variation of the method and apparatus, a plurality of speech segment data units is prepared for all desired speech waveforms....
5864811 Audio circuit for use with synthesized audio signals and signals from a modem  
An audio circuit for a computer includes a bidirectional modem connection, a microphone input, first and second audio output channels, and an audio synthesizing circuit arranged to produce first...
5852729 Code segment replacement apparatus and real time signal processor using same  
A sequence of instructions for a processor executing a plurality of real time programs is supplied from a memory having a set of memory locations. A controller is coupled to the memory for...
5848390 Speech synthesis system and its method  
A speech synthesis system has a word lexicon stored in a storage device for managing word information, a speech lexicon stored in the storage device for managing speech data. A language processing...
5832431 Non-looped continuous sound by random sequencing of digital sound records  
Several short segments of an otherwise continuous sound are recorded and stored in a digital memory. The stored segments are concatenated together to form a sound sequence of arbitrary length,...
5832434 Method and apparatus for automatic assignment of duration values for synthetic speech  
The present invention automatically determines sound duration values, based on context, for phonetic symbols which are produced during text-to-speech conversion. The context-dependent and static...
5826232 Method for voice analysis and synthesis using wavelets  
The voice synthesis of the invention analyzes a voice signal by orthogonal breakdown on a basis of wavelets with compact support, preferably Daubechies wavelets. The synthesis is carried out on...
5809467 Document inputting method and apparatus and speech outputting apparatus  
A document inputting apparatus or speech outputting apparatus inputs and displays document data, specifies accent information, pronunciation information and syllable-length information of words or...
5809466 Audio processing chip with external serial port  
This invention is for a single monolithic audio processing integrated circuit which includes a synthesizer module, a CODEC module and an external serial data port in the CODEC module for...
5806030 Low complexity, high accuracy clustering method for speech recognizer  
The clustering technique produces a low complexity and yet high accuracy speech representation for use with speech recognizers. The task database comprising the test speech to be modeled is...