Speech Analysis Systems An Evaluation Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1992
Speech Analysis Systems
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Charles Read
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Eugene H. Buder
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Raymond D. Kent
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosody / Speech / Research Articles
Research Article   |   April 01, 1992
Speech Analysis Systems
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1992, Vol. 35, 314-332. doi:10.1044/jshr.3502.314
History: Received February 7, 1991 , Accepted June 27, 1991
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1992, Vol. 35, 314-332. doi:10.1044/jshr.3502.314
History: Received February 7, 1991; Accepted June 27, 1991

Performance characteristics are reviewed for seven systems marketed for acoustic speech analysis: CSpeech, CSRE, ILS-PC, Kay Elemetrics model 5500 Sona-Graph, MacSpeech Lab II, MSL, and Signalyze. The characteristics reviewed include system components, basic capabilities (signal acquisition, waveform operations, analysis, and other functions), documentation, user interface, data formats and journaling, speed and precision of spectral analysis, and speed and precision of fundamental frequency analysis. Basic capabilities are also tabulated for three recently introduced systems: the Sensimetrics SpeechStation, the Kay Elemetrics Computerized Speech Lab (CSL), and the LSI Speech Workstation. In addition to the capability and performance summaries, this article offers suggestions for continued development of speech analysis systems, particularly in data exchange, journaling, display features, spectral analysis, and fundamental frequency analysis.

Acknowledgments
The research reported here was supported by grant number DC00490 from the National Institutes of Health. The conclusions are those of the authors and do not represent NIH policy. We are grateful for the assistance of Michael R. Chiai and Bożena Tieszen. We also wish to thank two anonymous reviewers for their valuable suggestions. The names of companies and products are trademarks of their respective holders. Considering the lapse of time before publication, users are urged to contact vendors for current specifications.
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