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NVIDIA Hifigan Vocoder (en-US)

| Model architecture | Model size | Language | Riva Compatible |

HiFiGAN [1] is a generative adversarial network (GAN) model that generates audio from mel spectrograms. The generator uses transposed convolutions to upsample mel spectrograms to audio.


The model is available for use in the NeMo toolkit [2] and can be used as a pre-trained checkpoint for inference or for fine-tuning on another dataset. To train, fine-tune or play with the model you will need to install NVIDIA NeMo. We recommend you install it after you've installed the latest PyTorch version.

pip install nemo_toolkit['all']

Automatically instantiate the model

NOTE: In order to generate audio, you also need a spectrogram generator from NeMo. This example uses the FastPitch model.

# Load FastPitch
from nemo.collections.tts.models import FastPitchModel
spec_generator = FastPitchModel.from_pretrained("nvidia/tts_en_fastpitch")

# Load vocoder
from nemo.collections.tts.models import HifiGanModel
model = HifiGanModel.from_pretrained(model_name="nvidia/tts_hifigan")

Generate audio

import soundfile as sf
parsed = spec_generator.parse("You can type your sentence here to get nemo to produce speech.")
spectrogram = spec_generator.generate_spectrogram(tokens=parsed)
audio = model.convert_spectrogram_to_audio(spec=spectrogram)

Save the generated audio file

# Save the audio to disk in a file called speech.wav
sf.write("speech.wav", audio.to('cpu').numpy(), 22050)


This model accepts batches of mel spectrograms.


This model outputs audio at 22050Hz.

Model Architecture

HiFi-GAN [1] consists of one generator and two discriminators: multi-scale and multi-period discriminators. The generator and discriminators are trained adversarially, along with two additional losses for improving training stability and model performance.


The NeMo toolkit [3] was used for training the models for several epochs. These model are trained with this example script and this base config.


This model is trained on LJSpeech sampled at 22050Hz, and has been tested on generating female English voices with an American accent.


No performance information is available at this time.


If the spectrogram generator model (example FastPitch) is trained/finetuned on new speaker's data it is recommended to finetune HiFi-GAN also. HiFi-GAN shows improvement using synthesized mel spectrograms, so the first step is to generate mel spectrograms with our finetuned FastPitch model to use as input to finetune HiFiGAN.

Deployment with NVIDIA Riva

For the best real-time accuracy, latency, and throughput, deploy the model with NVIDIA Riva, an accelerated speech AI SDK deployable on-prem, in all clouds, multi-cloud, hybrid, at the edge, and embedded. Additionally, Riva provides:

  • World-class out-of-the-box accuracy for the most common languages with model checkpoints trained on proprietary data with hundreds of thousands of GPU-compute hours
  • Best in class accuracy with run-time word boosting (e.g., brand and product names) and customization of acoustic model, language model, and inverse text normalization
  • Streaming speech recognition, Kubernetes compatible scaling, and Enterprise-grade support Check out Riva live demo.


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