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The Voice Range Profile: its function, applications, pitfalls and potential
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Music Acoustics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3362-7518
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Music Acoustics. Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, Netherlands.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2497-3109
2016 (English)In: Acta Acoustica united with Acustica, ISSN 1610-1928, E-ISSN 1861-9959, Vol. 102, no 2, p. 268-283Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

An overview is given of the current status of the computerised voice range profile (VRP) as a voice measurement paradigm. Its operating principles are described, and sources of errors and variability are discussed. The features of the VRP contour and its characterisaï¿œtion are described. Methods for performing statistics on VRP contour and interior data are considered. Examples are given of clinical, pedagogical and research applications. Finally, issues with the models used to interpret VRP data are discussed. It is concluded that, while the VRP offers a convenient frame of reference for a multitude of voice assessment metrics, it also exposes the many degrees of freedom in the voice to an extent that challenges us to improve our models of how the voice functions over a large range and in a dynamic setting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
S. Hirzel Verlag , 2016. Vol. 102, no 2, p. 268-283
Keywords [en]
voice, voice analysis, voice range profile
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Signal Processing
Research subject
Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-183406DOI: 10.3813/AAA.918943ISI: 000372478500008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84961590849OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-183406DiVA, id: diva2:910782
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Swedish Research Council, 2010-4565Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2002-0416
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QC 20160316

Available from: 2016-03-10 Created: 2016-03-10 Last updated: 2018-10-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Mapping Individual Voice Quality over the Voice Range: The Measurement Paradigm of the Voice Range Profile
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mapping Individual Voice Quality over the Voice Range: The Measurement Paradigm of the Voice Range Profile
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The acoustic signal of voiced sounds has two primary attributes: fundamental frequency and sound level. It has also very many secondary attributes, or ‘voice qualities’, that can be derived from the acoustic signal, in particular from its periodicity and its spectrum. Acoustic voice analysis as a discipline is largely concerned with identifying and quantifying those qualities or parameters that are relevant for assessing the health or training status of a voice or that characterize the individual quality. The thesis presented here is that all such voice qualities covary essentially and individually with the fundamental frequency and the sound level, and that methods for assessing the voice must account for this covariation and individuality. The central interest in the "voice field" measurement paradigm becomes to map the proportional dependencies that exist between voice parameters. The five studies contribute to ways of doing this in practice, while the framework text presents the theoretical basis for the analysis model in relation to the practical principles.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 90
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TRITA-EECS-AVL ; 2018:70
Keywords
Voice Range Profile (VRP), Phonetogram, Voice Field, Voice quality, Singing voice, Voice synthesis, Clinical voice assessment, Sound level measurement, Maximum Entropy
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Other Natural Sciences
Research subject
Speech and Music Communication
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-235824 (URN)978-91-7729-958-5 (ISBN)
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2018-10-26, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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QC 20181008

Available from: 2018-10-08 Created: 2018-10-05 Last updated: 2018-10-08Bibliographically approved

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