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Label Spoken Words in Audio Signals

This example shows how to label spoken words in Signal Labeler. The example uses the wav2vec 2.0 pretrained network, which requires Deep Learning Toolbox™ and installing the pretrained model. For more information on downloading and installing the wav2vec 2.0 pretrained model, see speech2text (Audio Toolbox).

Read in Audio File

Load an audio data file containing speech with the sentence "The discrete Fourier transform of a real valued signal is conjugate symmetric".

[y,fs] = audioread("speech_dft.wav");

% To hear, type soundsc(y,fs)

Define Label

Open Signal Labeler and define a label to attach to the signal. Click Add on the Labeler tab, then Add Label Definition. Specify the Label Name as Words, select a Label Type of ROI, and select a Data Type of string.

Import Speech Data

Import the signal into the app.

  1. On the Labeler tab, click Import and select From Workspace in the Members list. In the dialog box, select the signal y.

  2. Add time information. Select Time from the drop-down list and specify fs as the sample rate, which is measured in Hz.

  3. Click Import and Close. The signal appears in the Labeled Signal Set Members.

  4. To hear the signal, select the check box next to its name in the browser, navigate to the Audio tab, and click on the Play icon.

Locate and Identify Spoken Words

Locate and identify the words spoken in the input signal.

  1. Select Words in the Label Definitions browser.

  2. On the Automated Value gallery, select Speech to Text.

  3. Click Auto-Label and select Auto-Label All Signals.

  4. In the dialog box, select wav2vec 2.0 from the Service Name list and select Word for Segmentation.

  5. Click OK.

Signal Labeler locates and labels the spoken words. In the Labeled Signal Set Members, select the check box next to y to plot the signal. Expand Words and select the check box next to each word to visualize the corresponding labeled region. Notice that the word "discrete" is incorrectly labeled as "discreet". You can correct this by right-clicking discreet in the Value column, selecting Edit, and entering the correct value, "discrete".

Export Labeled Signal

Export the labeled signal. On the Labeler tab, click Export and select To File from the Labeled Signal Set list. In the dialog box that appears, give the name Transcription.mat to the labeled signal set and add an optional short description. Click Export.

Go back to the MATLAB Command Window. Load the labeled signal set. The set has only one member. Get the names of the labels, and use the name to obtain and display the transcribed words.

load Transcription

ln = getLabelNames(ls);

v = getLabelValues(ls,1,ln)
v=12×2 table
        ROILimits            Value   
    __________________    ___________

    0.34063     0.4208    "the"      
    0.46088    0.82161    "discrete" 
    0.88174     1.2826    "fourier"  
     1.3427      1.984    "transform"
     2.0441     2.1042    "of"       
     2.1644     2.2044    "a"        
     2.2846      2.485    "real"     
     2.5251     2.8658    "valued"   
     2.9259     3.3067    "signal"   
     3.3869      3.467    "is"       
     3.5271     4.0081    "conjugate"
     4.0482     4.5091    "symmetric"

Change the label values from strings to categories. Use a signalMask object to plot the signal using a different color for each word.

v.Value = categorical(v.Value,v.Value);

msk = signalMask(v,SampleRate=fs);

s = getSignal(ls,1);


Create a logical vector of the same length as the audio signal. Set the vector to true where the corresponding part of the speech signal contains the word "conjugate".

bsl = binmask(msk,height(s));

plot(s.Time,[s.y bsl(:,v.Value=="conjugate")])

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