Synchronizing text and audio. Is there a NLP/speech-to-text library to do this?

I would like to synchronize a spoken recording against a known text. Is there a speech-to-text / natural language processing library that would facilitate this? I imagine I'd want to detect word boundaries and compute candidate matches from a dictionary. Most of the questions I've found on SO concern written language.

Desired, but not required:

  • Open Source
  • Compatible with American English out-of-the-box
  • Cross-platform
  • Thoroughly documented

Edit: I realize this is a very broad, even naive, question, so thanks in advance for your guidance.

What I've found so far:


Forced Alignment

It sounds like you want to do forced alignment between your audio and the known text.

Pretty much all research/industry grade speech recognition systems will be able to do this, since forced alignment is an important part of training a recognition system on data that doesn't have phone level alignments between the audio and the transcript.

Alignment CMUSphinx

The Sphinx4-1.0 beta 5 release of CMU's open source speech recognition system now includes a demo on how to do alignment between a transcript and long speech recordings.

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