Seeking a dataset of audio files consisting of recordings featuring different people saying the same sentence in English for deep neural network (DNN) training and testing.


The speech accent archive:

uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds.

As for English, the following subset contains the sentences:

Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.

It stands under a Creative Commons License. It is described in The Speech Accent Archive: towards a typology of English accents, Steven H. Weinberger and Stephen A. Kunath.

The ELSDSR (English Language Speech Database for Speaker Recognition) is another choice. It is not so open directly, but you can ask for the full version. It contains voice messages from 22 speakers (12M/10F), and the age covered from 24 to 63. You can find a few .wav on the example page.

On a funnier note, requiring a little more work, Peter Sellers Reads The Beatles’ “She Loves You” in 4 Different Accents.

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