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TensorFlowTTS: Real-Time State-of-the-art Speech Synthesis for Tensorflow 2

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:yum: TensorFlowTTS

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Real-Time State-of-the-art Speech Synthesis for Tensorflow 2

:zany_face: TensorFlowTTS provides real-time state-of-the-art speech synthesis architectures such as Tacotron-2, Melgan, Multiband-Melgan, FastSpeech, FastSpeech2 based-on TensorFlow 2. With Tensorflow 2, we can speed-up training/inference progress, optimizer further by using fake-quantize aware and pruning, make TTS models can be run faster than real-time and be able to deploy on mobile devices or embedded systems.

What's new

  • 2020/08/23 (NEW!) Add Parallel WaveGAN tensorflow implementation. See here
  • 2020/08/23 (NEW!) Add MBMelGAN G + ParallelWaveGAN G example. See here
  • 2020/08/20 (NEW!) Add C++ inference code. Thank @ZDisket. See here
  • 2020/08/18 (NEW!) Update new base processor. Add AutoProcessor and pretrained processor json file.
  • 2020/08/14 (NEW!) Support Chinese TTS. Pls see the colab. Thank @azraelkuan.
  • 2020/08/05 (NEW!) Support Korean TTS. Pls see the colab. Thank @crux153.
  • 2020/07/17 Support MultiGPU for all Trainer.
  • 2020/07/05 Support Convert Tacotron-2, FastSpeech to Tflite. Pls see the colab. Thank @jaeyoo from the TFlite team for his support.
  • 2020/06/20 FastSpeech2 implementation with Tensorflow is supported.
  • 2020/06/07 Multi-band MelGAN (MB MelGAN) implementation with Tensorflow is supported.


  • High performance on Speech Synthesis.
  • Be able to fine-tune on other languages.
  • Fast, Scalable, and Reliable.
  • Suitable for deployment.
  • Easy to implement a new model, based-on abstract class.
  • Mixed precision to speed-up training if possible.
  • Support both Single/Multi GPU in base trainer class.
  • TFlite conversion for all supported models.
  • Android example.
  • Support many languages (currently, we support Chinese, Korean, English.)
  • Support C++ inference.
  • Support Convert weight for some models from PyTorch to TensorFlow to accelerate speed.


This repository is tested on Ubuntu 18.04 with:

Different Tensorflow version should be working but not tested yet. This repo will try to work with the latest stable TensorFlow version. We recommend you install TensorFlow 2.3.0 to training in case you want to use MultiGPU.


With pip

$ pip install TensorFlowTTS

From source

Examples are included in the repository but are not shipped with the framework. Therefore, to run the latest version of examples, you need to install the source below.

$ git clone
$ cd TensorFlowTTS
$ pip install .

If you want to upgrade the repository and its dependencies:

$ git pull
$ pip install --upgrade .

Supported Model architectures

TensorFlowTTS currently provides the following architectures:

  1. MelGAN released with the paper MelGAN: Generative Adversarial Networks for Conditional Waveform Synthesis by Kundan Kumar, Rithesh Kumar, Thibault de Boissiere, Lucas Gestin, Wei Zhen Teoh, Jose Sotelo, Alexandre de Brebisson, Yoshua Bengio, Aaron Courville.
  2. Tacotron-2 released with the paper Natural TTS Synthesis by Conditioning WaveNet on Mel Spectrogram Predictions by Jonathan Shen, Ruoming Pang, Ron J. Weiss, Mike Schuster, Navdeep Jaitly, Zongheng Yang, Zhifeng Chen, Yu Zhang, Yuxuan Wang, RJ Skerry-Ryan, Rif A. Saurous, Yannis Agiomyrgiannakis, Yonghui Wu.
  3. FastSpeech released with the paper FastSpeech: Fast, Robust, and Controllable Text to Speech by Yi Ren, Yangjun Ruan, Xu Tan, Tao Qin, Sheng Zhao, Zhou Zhao, Tie-Yan Liu.
  4. Multi-band MelGAN released with the paper Multi-band MelGAN: Faster Waveform Generation for High-Quality Text-to-Speech by Geng Yang, Shan Yang, Kai Liu, Peng Fang, Wei Chen, Lei Xie.
  5. FastSpeech2 released with the paper FastSpeech 2: Fast and High-Quality End-to-End Text to Speech by Yi Ren, Chenxu Hu, Xu Tan, Tao Qin, Sheng Zhao, Zhou Zhao, Tie-Yan Liu.
  6. Parallel WaveGAN released with the paper Parallel WaveGAN: A fast waveform generation model based on generative adversarial networks with multi-resolution spectrogram by Ryuichi Yamamoto, Eunwoo Song, Jae-Min Kim.

We are also implementing some techniques to improve quality and convergence speed from the following papers:

  1. Guided Attention Loss released with the paper Efficiently Trainable Text-to-Speech System Based on Deep Convolutional Networks with Guided Attention by Hideyuki Tachibana, Katsuya Uenoyama, Shunsuke Aihara.

Audio Samples

Here in an audio samples on valid set. tacotron-2, fastspeech, melgan, melgan.stft, fastspeech2, multiband_melgan

Tutorial End-to-End

Prepare Dataset

Prepare a dataset in the following format:

|   |- metadata.csv
|   |- wav/
|       |- file1.wav
|       |- ...

Where metadata.csv has the following format: id|transcription. This is a ljspeech-like format; you can ignore preprocessing steps if you have other format datasets.

Note that NAME_DATASET should be [ljspeech/kss/baker/libritts] for example.


The preprocessing has two steps:

  1. Preprocess audio features
    • Convert characters to IDs
    • Compute mel spectrograms
    • Normalize mel spectrograms to [-1, 1] range
    • Split the dataset into train and validation
    • Compute the mean and standard deviation of multiple features from the training split
  2. Standardize mel spectrogram based on computed statistics

To reproduce the steps above:

tensorflow-tts-preprocess --rootdir ./[ljspeech/kss/baker/libritts] --outdir ./dump_[ljspeech/kss/baker/libritts] --config preprocess/[ljspeech/kss/baker]_preprocess.yaml --dataset [ljspeech/kss/baker/libritts]
tensorflow-tts-normalize --rootdir ./dump_[ljspeech/kss/baker/libritts] --outdir ./dump_[ljspeech/kss/baker/libritts] --config preprocess/[ljspeech/kss/baker/libritts]_preprocess.yaml --dataset [ljspeech/kss/baker/libritts]

Right now we only support ljspeech, kss, baker and libritts for dataset argument. In the future, we intend to support more datasets.

Note: To run libritts preprocessing, please first read the instruction in examples/fastspeech2_libritts. We need to reformat it first before run preprocessing.

After preprocessing, the structure of the project folder should be:

|   |- metadata.csv
|   |- wav/
|       |- file1.wav
|       |- ...
|- dump_[ljspeech/kss/baker/libritts]/
|   |- train/
|       |- ids/
|           |- LJ001-0001-ids.npy
|           |- ...
|       |- raw-feats/
|           |- LJ001-0001-raw-feats.npy
|           |- ...
|       |- raw-f0/
|           |- LJ001-0001-raw-f0.npy
|           |- ...
|       |- raw-energies/
|           |- LJ001-0001-raw-energy.npy
|           |- ...
|       |- norm-feats/
|           |- LJ001-0001-norm-feats.npy
|           |- ...
|       |- wavs/
|           |- LJ001-0001-wave.npy
|           |- ...
|   |- valid/
|       |- ids/
|           |- LJ001-0009-ids.npy
|           |- ...
|       |- raw-feats/
|           |- LJ001-0009-raw-feats.npy
|           |- ...
|       |- raw-f0/
|           |- LJ001-0001-raw-f0.npy
|           |- ...
|       |- raw-energies/
|           |- LJ001-0001-raw-energy.npy
|           |- ...
|       |- norm-feats/
|           |- LJ001-0009-norm-feats.npy
|           |- ...
|       |- wavs/
|           |- LJ001-0009-wave.npy
|           |- ...
|   |- stats.npy
|   |- stats_f0.npy
|   |- stats_energy.npy
|   |- train_utt_ids.npy
|   |- valid_utt_ids.npy
|- examples/
|   |- melgan/
|   |- fastspeech/
|   |- tacotron2/
|   ...
  • stats.npy contains the mean and std from the training split mel spectrograms
  • stats_energy.npy contains the mean and std of energy values from the training split
  • stats_f0.npy contains the mean and std of F0 values in the training split
  • train_utt_ids.npy / valid_utt_ids.npy contains training and validation utterances IDs respectively

We use suffix (ids, raw-feats, raw-energy, raw-f0, norm-feats, and wave) for each input type.


  • This preprocessing step is based on ESPnet so you can combine all models here with other models from ESPnet repository.
  • Regardless of how your dataset is formatted, the final structure of the dump folder SHOULD follow the above structure to be able to use the training script, or you can modify it by yourself 😄.

Training models

To know how to train model from scratch or fine-tune with other datasets/languages, please see detail at example directory.

Abstract Class Explaination

Abstract DataLoader Tensorflow-based dataset

A detail implementation of abstract dataset class from tensorflow_tts/dataset/abstract_dataset. There are some functions you need overide and understand:

  1. get_args: This function return argumentation for generator class, normally is utt_ids.
  2. generator: This function have an inputs from get_args function and return a inputs for models. Note that we return a dictionary for all generator functions with the keys that exactly match with the model's parameters because base_trainer will use model(**batch) to do forward step.
  3. get_output_dtypes: This function need return dtypes for each element from generator function.
  4. get_len_dataset: Return len of datasets, normaly is len(utt_ids).


  • A pipeline of creating dataset should be: cache -> shuffle -> map_fn -> get_batch -> prefetch.
  • If you do shuffle before cache, the dataset won't shuffle when it re-iterate over datasets.
  • You should apply map_fn to make each element return from generator function have the same length before getting batch and feed it into a model.

Some examples to use this abstract_dataset are,,,

Abstract Trainer Class

A detail implementation of base_trainer from tensorflow_tts/trainer/ It include Seq2SeqBasedTrainer and GanBasedTrainer inherit from BasedTrainer. All trainer support both single/multi GPU. There a some functions you MUST overide when implement new_trainer:

  • compile: This function aim to define a models, and losses.
  • generate_and_save_intermediate_result: This function will save intermediate result such as: plot alignment, save audio generated, plot mel-spectrogram ...
  • compute_per_example_losses: This function will compute per_example_loss for model, note that all element of the loss MUST has shape [batch_size].

All models on this repo are trained based-on GanBasedTrainer (see,, and Seq2SeqBasedTrainer (see,

End-to-End Examples

You can know how to inference each model at notebooks or see a colab (for English), colab (for Korean). Here is an example code for end2end inference with fastspeech and melgan.

import numpy as np
import soundfile as sf
import yaml

import tensorflow as tf

from tensorflow_tts.inference import AutoConfig
from tensorflow_tts.inference import TFAutoModel
from tensorflow_tts.inference import AutoProcessor

# initialize fastspeech model.
fs_config = AutoConfig.from_pretrained('/examples/fastspeech/conf/fastspeech.v1.yaml')
fastspeech = TFAutoModel.from_pretrained(

# initialize melgan model
melgan_config = AutoConfig.from_pretrained('./examples/melgan/conf/melgan.v1.yaml')
melgan = TFAutoModel.from_pretrained(

# inference
processor = AutoProcessor.from_pretrained(pretrained_path="./test/files/ljspeech_mapper.json")

ids = processor.text_to_sequence("Recent research at Harvard has shown meditating for as little as 8 weeks, can actually increase the grey matter in the parts of the brain responsible for emotional regulation, and learning.")
ids = tf.expand_dims(ids, 0)
# fastspeech inference

masked_mel_before, masked_mel_after, duration_outputs = fastspeech.inference(
    speaker_ids=tf.zeros(shape=[tf.shape(ids)[0]], dtype=tf.int32),
    speed_ratios=tf.constant([1.0], dtype=tf.float32)

# melgan inference
audio_before = melgan.inference(masked_mel_before)[0, :, 0]
audio_after = melgan.inference(masked_mel_after)[0, :, 0]

# save to file
sf.write('./audio_before.wav', audio_before, 22050, "PCM_16")
sf.write('./audio_after.wav', audio_after, 22050, "PCM_16")


Minh Nguyen Quan Anh:, erogol:, Kuan Chen:, Dawid Kobus:, Takuya Ebata:, Trinh Le Quang:, Yunchao He:, Alejandro Miguel Velasquez:


Overall, Almost models here are licensed under the Apache 2.0 for all countries in the world, except in Viet Nam this framework cannot be used for production in any way without permission from TensorFlowTTS's Authors. There is an exception, Tacotron-2 can be used with any purpose. If you are Vietnamese and want to use this framework for production, you Must contact us in advance.


We want to thank Tomoki Hayashi, who discussed with us much about Melgan, Multi-band melgan, Fastspeech, and Tacotron. This framework based-on his great open-source ParallelWaveGan project.

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