Conditional Spoken Digit Generation with StyleGAN

Kasperi Palkama, Lauri Juvela, Alexander Ilin

This paper adapts a StyleGAN model for speech generation with minimal or no conditioning on text. StyleGAN is a multi-scale convolutional GAN capable of hierarchically capturing data structure and latent variation on multiple spatial (or temporal) levels. The model has previously achieved impressive results on facial image generation, and it is appealing to audio applications due to similar multi-level structures present in the data. In this paper, we train a StyleGAN to generate mel-frequency spectrograms on the Speech Commands dataset, which contains spoken digits uttered by multiple speakers in varying acoustic conditions. In a conditional setting our model is conditioned on the digit identity, while learning the remaining data variation remains an unsupervised task. We compare our model to the current unsupervised state-of-the-art speech synthesis GAN architecture, the WaveGAN, and show that the proposed model outperforms according to numerical measures and subjective evaluation by listening tests.

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