tl;dr A step-by-step tutorial to generate spoken singlish audio from text automatically using a pipeline of a Malaya Speech model and applying speech enhancement.

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Singlish Text to Speech with Malaya Speech

Notebook to convert an input piece of text into an speech audio file automatically.

Text-To-Speech synthesis is the task of converting written text in natural language to speech.

The model used is one of the pre-trained models from malaya_speech.

The notebook is structured as follows:

  • Setting up the Environment
  • Using the Model (Running Inference)
  • Apply Speech Enhancement/Noise Reduction

Setting up the Environment

Dependencies and Runtime

If you’re running this notebook in Google Colab, most of the dependencies are already installed and we don’t need the GPU for this particular example.

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We need to install malaya and malaya_speech for this example to run, so execute the command below to setup the dependencies.

!pip install -q malaya malaya_speech

Using the Model (Running Inference)

Now we want to load and run the specific singlish text-to-speech model.

Specifically we are running the following steps:

  • Define load_model - We define the load_model function, which will download the fastspeech2 and melgan models of model_name using the malaya_speech library.
  • Define predict - We define the predict function for inferencing. It will take in the models that we loaded and an input_text string. In this function/method, we run the .predict of the fastspeech model and then pass it through the melgan model to get the audio output vector.
  • Run load_model
import malaya_speech

def load_models(model_name):
  fs2 = malaya_speech.tts.fastspeech2(model = model_name)
  melgan = malaya_speech.vocoder.melgan(model = model_name)
  return fs2, melgan

def predict(input_text, singlish, melgan):
  r_singlish = singlish.predict(input_text)
  y_ = melgan(r_singlish['postnet-output'])
  data = malaya_speech.astype.float_to_int(y_)
  return data

fs2, melgan = load_models('female-singlish')

Now we define the input_text variable, a piece of text that we want to convert to a speech audio file. Next, we synthesize/generate the audio file.

The notebook will then display the audio sample produced for us to playback.

from IPython.display import Audio, display

sample_rate = 22050
input_text = 'The second Rental Support Scheme payout will be disbursed about a month early to ensure businesses get cash flow relief as soon as possible, say IRAS and MOF.'
audio = predict(input_text, fs2, melgan)
display(Audio(audio, rate=sample_rate))

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We notice that there is some noise in the previously generated sample which can easily be reduced to enhance the quality of speech using a speech enhancement model. We try this in the next section. This is entirely optional.

Apply Speech Enhancement/Noise Reduction

We use the simple and convenient LogMMSE algorithm (Log Minimum Mean Square Error) with the logmmse library.

!pip install -q logmmse

Run the LogMMSE algorithm on the generated audio audio[0] and display the enhanced audio sample produced in an audio player.

import numpy as np
from logmmse import logmmse

enhanced = logmmse(np.array(audio), sample_rate, output_file=None, initial_noise=1, window_size=160, noise_threshold=0.15)
display(Audio(enhanced, rate=sample_rate))

Save the enhanced audio to file.

from import write

write('/content/audio.wav', sample_rate, enhanced)

We can connect to Google Drive with the following code. You can also click the Files icon on the left panel and click Mount Drive to mount your Google Drive.

The root of your Google Drive will be mounted to /content/drive/My Drive/. If you have problems mounting the drive, you can check out this tutorial.

from google.colab import drive

You can move the output files which are saved in the /content/ directory to the root of your Google Drive.

import shutil
shutil.move('/content/audio.wav', '/content/drive/My Drive/audio.wav')

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