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Query Details

Query Subject:   Computational Linguistics in the Movies
Author:   Robert Dale
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Computational Linguistics

Query:   Greetings,

I am trying to locate a software package capable of analyzing sung
speech, including tools for analyzing formants, loudness, and
(especially) providing *accurate* pitch tracking (even in the presence
of low level background noise or music) and (ideally) pitch histograms
also, as well as enabling user entry of phonetic/phonemic labelled
segments, and (perhaps) other signal processing operations.

The ideal package would be able to handle long excerpts of several
minutes. With some packages priced in the thousands, cost could be an
issue; if you can recommend products at several price levels please

I'd be most grateful for any advice you can provide.

Thank you very much.
Michael Frishkopf

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Michael Frishkopf
Assistant Professor
Department of Music
Faculty of Arts
University of Alberta
3-82 Fine Arts Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2C9
LL Issue: 13.390
Date posted: 12-Feb-2002


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