Text to speech generation
Generate speech from text
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This article is part of a tutorial series on txtai, an AI-powered semantic search platform.
Text To Speech (TTS) models have made great strides in quality over the last few years. Unfortunately, it's not currently possible to use these libraries without installing a large number of dependencies.
The txtai TextToSpeech pipeline has the following objectives:
Fast performance both on CPU and GPU
Ability to batch large text values and stream it through the model
Minimal install footprint
All dependencies must be Apache 2.0 compatible
This article will go through a set of text to speech generation examples.
txtai and all dependencies.
# Install txtai pip install txtai[pipeline] onnxruntime-gpu librosa
Create a TextToSpeech instance
The TextToSpeech instance is the main entrypoint for generating speech from text. The pipeline is backed by models from the ESPnet project. ESPnet has a number of high quality TTS models available on the Hugging Face Hub.
There are currently two models on the Hugging Face Hub that this pipeline can use.
The default model is
ljspeech-jets-onnx. Each of the models above are ESPnet models exported to ONNX using espnet_onnx. More on that process can be found in the links above.
from txtai.pipeline import TextToSpeech # Create text-to-speech model tts = TextToSpeech()
The first example shows how to generate speech from text. Let's give it a try!
import librosa.display import matplotlib.pyplot as plt text = "Text To Speech models have made great strides in quality over the last few years." # Generate raw waveform speech speech, rate = tts(text), 22050 # Print waveplot plt.figure(figsize=(15, 5)) plot = librosa.display.waveplot(speech, sr=rate)
The graph shows a plot of the audio. It clearly shows pauses between words and sentences as we would expect in spoken language. Now let's play the generated speech.
from IPython.display import Audio, display import os import soundfile as sf def play(speech): # Convert to MP3 to save space sf.write("speech.wav", speech, 22050) !ffmpeg -i speech.wav -y -b:a 64 speech.mp3 2> /dev/null # Play speech display(Audio(filename="speech.mp3")) play(speech)
Transcribe audio back to text
Next we'll use OpenAI Whisper to transcribe the generated audio back to text.
from txtai.pipeline import Transcription # Transcribe files transcribe = Transcription("openai/whisper-base") # Print result transcribe(speech, rate)
Text to speech models have made great strides in quality over the last few years.
And as expected, the transcription matches the original text.
The TextToSpeech pipeline is designed to work with large blocks of text. It could be used to build audio for entire chapters of books.
In the next example below, we'll read the beginning of the book the
# Beginning of The Great Gatsby from Project Gutenberg # https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/64317 text = """ In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.” He didn't say any more, but we've always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. """ speech = tts(text) play(speech)
Text To Speech Workflow
In the last example, we'll cover building a text-to-speech workflow. txtai executes machine-learning workflows to transform data and build AI-powered semantic search applications. This workflow is no different in that it connects multiple pipelines together, each of which are backed by machine learning models.
The workflow extracts text from a webpage, summarizes it and then generates audio of the summary.
summary: path: sshleifer/distilbart-cnn-12-6 textractor: join: true lines: false minlength: 100 paragraphs: true sentences: false texttospeech: workflow: tts: tasks: - action: textractor task: url - action: summary - action: texttospeech
from txtai.app import Application app = Application("workflow.yml") speech = list(app.workflow("tts", ["https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_language_processing"])) play(speech)
This article gave a brief introduction on text to speech models. The text to speech pipeline in txtai is designed to be easy to use and handles the most common text to speech tasks in English.
This work is made possible by the excellent advancements in text to speech modeling. ESPnet is a great project and should be checked out for more advanced and a wider range of use cases. This pipeline was also made possible by the great work from espnet_onnx in building a framework to export models to ONNX.
Looking forward to seeing what the community dreams up using this pipeline!