Environment friendly parallel audio era – Google AI Weblog

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The latest progress in generative AI unlocked the potential for creating new content material in a number of totally different domains, together with textual content, imaginative and prescient and audio. These fashions usually depend on the truth that uncooked information is first transformed to a compressed format as a sequence of tokens. Within the case of audio, neural audio codecs (e.g., SoundStream or EnCodec) can effectively compress waveforms to a compact illustration, which could be inverted to reconstruct an approximation of the unique audio sign. Such a illustration consists of a sequence of discrete audio tokens, capturing the native properties of sounds (e.g., phonemes) and their temporal construction (e.g., prosody). By representing audio as a sequence of discrete tokens, audio era could be carried out with Transformer-based sequence-to-sequence fashions — this has unlocked speedy progress in speech continuation (e.g., with AudioLM), text-to-speech (e.g., with SPEAR-TTS), and common audio and music era (e.g., AudioGen and MusicLM). Many generative audio fashions, together with AudioLM, depend on auto-regressive decoding, which produces tokens one after the other. Whereas this methodology achieves excessive acoustic high quality, inference (i.e., calculating an output) could be sluggish, particularly when decoding lengthy sequences.

To deal with this situation, in “SoundStorm: Environment friendly Parallel Audio Technology”, we suggest a brand new methodology for environment friendly and high-quality audio era. SoundStorm addresses the issue of producing lengthy audio token sequences by counting on two novel components: 1) an structure tailored to the precise nature of audio tokens as produced by the SoundStream neural codec, and a couple of) a decoding scheme impressed by MaskGIT, a lately proposed methodology for picture era, which is tailor-made to function on audio tokens. In comparison with the autoregressive decoding strategy of AudioLM, SoundStorm is ready to generate tokens in parallel, thus lowering the inference time by 100x for lengthy sequences, and produces audio of the identical high quality and with increased consistency in voice and acoustic circumstances. Furthermore, we present that SoundStorm, coupled with the text-to-semantic modeling stage of SPEAR-TTS, can synthesize high-quality, pure dialogues, permitting one to regulate the spoken content material (through transcripts), speaker voices (through brief voice prompts) and speaker turns (through transcript annotations), as demonstrated by the examples beneath:

Enter: Textual content (transcript used to drive the audio era in daring)        One thing actually humorous occurred to me this morning. | Oh wow, what? | Effectively, uh I awakened as standard. | Uhhuh | Went downstairs to have uh breakfast. | Yeah | Began consuming. Then uh 10 minutes later I noticed it was the nighttime. | Oh no means, that is so humorous!        I did not sleep effectively final night time. | Oh, no. What occurred? | I do not know. I I simply could not appear to uh to go to sleep one way or the other, I saved tossing and turning all night time. | That is too unhealthy. Perhaps it’s best to uh attempt going to mattress earlier tonight or uh possibly you might attempt studying a e book. | Yeah, thanks for the solutions, I hope you are proper. | No downside. I I hope you get a great night time’s sleep
         
Enter: Audio immediate       

 

         
Output: Audio immediate + generated audio       

      

SoundStorm design

In our earlier work on AudioLM, we confirmed that audio era could be decomposed into two steps: 1) semantic modeling, which generates semantic tokens from both earlier semantic tokens or a conditioning sign (e.g., a transcript as in SPEAR-TTS, or a textual content immediate as in MusicLM), and a couple of) acoustic modeling, which generates acoustic tokens from semantic tokens. With SoundStorm we particularly tackle this second, acoustic modeling step, changing slower autoregressive decoding with sooner parallel decoding.

SoundStorm depends on a bidirectional attention-based Conformer, a mannequin structure that mixes a Transformer with convolutions to seize each native and world construction of a sequence of tokens. Particularly, the mannequin is skilled to foretell audio tokens produced by SoundStream given a sequence of semantic tokens generated by AudioLM as enter. When doing this, you will need to take into consideration the truth that, at every time step t, SoundStream makes use of as much as Q tokens to signify the audio utilizing a way referred to as residual vector quantization (RVQ), as illustrated beneath on the correct. The important thing instinct is that the standard of the reconstructed audio progressively will increase because the variety of generated tokens at every step goes from 1 to Q.

At inference time, given the semantic tokens as enter conditioning sign, SoundStorm begins with all audio tokens masked out, and fills within the masked tokens over a number of iterations, ranging from the coarse tokens at RVQ stage q = 1 and continuing level-by-level with finer tokens till reaching stage q = Q.

There are two essential features of SoundStorm that allow quick era: 1) tokens are predicted in parallel throughout a single iteration inside a RVQ stage and, 2) the mannequin structure is designed in such a means that the complexity is barely mildly affected by the variety of ranges Q. To assist this inference scheme, throughout coaching a rigorously designed masking scheme is used to imitate the iterative course of used at inference.

SoundStorm mannequin structure. T denotes the variety of time steps and Q the variety of RVQ ranges utilized by SoundStream. The semantic tokens used as conditioning are time-aligned with the SoundStream frames.

Measuring SoundStorm efficiency

We show that SoundStorm matches the standard of AudioLM’s acoustic generator, changing each AudioLM’s stage two (coarse acoustic mannequin) and stage three (advantageous acoustic mannequin). Moreover, SoundStorm produces audio 100x sooner than AudioLM’s hierarchical autoregressive acoustic generator (prime half beneath) with matching high quality and improved consistency by way of speaker identification and acoustic circumstances (backside half beneath).

Runtimes of SoundStream decoding, SoundStorm and totally different phases of AudioLM on a TPU-v4.
Acoustic consistency between the immediate and the generated audio. The shaded space represents the inter-quartile vary.

Security and danger mitigation

We acknowledge that the audio samples produced by the mannequin could also be influenced by the unfair biases current within the coaching information, as an example by way of represented accents and voice traits. In our generated samples, we show that we are able to reliably and responsibly management speaker traits through prompting, with the objective of avoiding unfair biases. An intensive evaluation of any coaching information and its limitations is an space of future work in step with our accountable AI Ideas.

In flip, the power to imitate a voice can have quite a few malicious purposes, together with bypassing biometric identification and utilizing the mannequin for the aim of impersonation. Thus, it’s essential to place in place safeguards in opposition to potential misuse: to this finish, we now have verified that the audio generated by SoundStorm stays detectable by a devoted classifier utilizing the identical classifier as described in our authentic AudioLM paper. Therefore, as a element of a bigger system, we consider that SoundStorm can be unlikely to introduce further dangers to these mentioned in our earlier papers on AudioLM and SPEAR-TTS. On the similar time, enjoyable the reminiscence and computational necessities of AudioLM would make analysis within the area of audio era extra accessible to a wider group. Sooner or later, we plan to discover different approaches for detecting synthesized speech, e.g., with the assistance of audio watermarking, in order that any potential product utilization of this know-how strictly follows our accountable AI Ideas.

Conclusion

We have now launched SoundStorm, a mannequin that may effectively synthesize high-quality audio from discrete conditioning tokens. When in comparison with the acoustic generator of AudioLM, SoundStorm is 2 orders of magnitude sooner and achieves increased temporal consistency when producing lengthy audio samples. By combining a text-to-semantic token mannequin much like SPEAR-TTS with SoundStorm, we are able to scale text-to-speech synthesis to longer contexts and generate pure dialogues with a number of speaker turns, controlling each the voices of the audio system and the generated content material. SoundStorm isn’t restricted to producing speech. For instance, MusicLM makes use of SoundStorm to synthesize longer outputs effectively (as seen at I/O).

Acknowledgments

The work described right here was authored by Zalán Borsos, Matt Sharifi, Damien Vincent, Eugene Kharitonov, Neil Zeghidour and Marco Tagliasacchi. We’re grateful for all discussions and suggestions on this work that we obtained from our colleagues at Google.

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