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STT De Conformer-Transducer Large

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Conformer-Transducer-Large model for German Automatic Speech Recognition, Trained on German NeMo ASRSET
Latest Version
April 4, 2023
425.7 MB

Model Overview

This collection contains large size versions of Conformer-Transducer (around 120M parameters) trained on German NeMo ASRSet with over 2000 hours of speech. The model transcribes speech in lower case German alphabet along with spaces but without punctuation. This model was trained with the English model as initialization.

Model Architecture

Conformer-Transducer model is an autoregressive variant of Conformer model [1] for Automatic Speech Recognition which uses Transducer loss/decoding. You may find more info on the detail of this model here: Conformer-Transducer Model.


The NeMo toolkit [3] was used for training the models. These models are fine-tuned with this example script and this base config.

The tokenizers for these models were built using the text transcripts of the train set with this script.


All the models in this collection are trained on a composite dataset (NeMo ASRSET) comprising of over two thousand hours of cleaned German speech:

MCV7.0 567 hours MLS 1524 hours VoxPopuli 214 hours


The list of the available models in this collection is shown in the following table. Performances of the ASR models are reported in terms of Word Error Rate (WER%) with greedy decoding.

Version Tokenizer Vocabulary Size MCV7.0 dev MCV7.0 test MLS dev MLS test Voxpopuli dev Voxpopuli test
1.6.0 SentencePiece Unigram 1024 4.40 4.93 3.22 3.85 11.04 8.85
1.5.0 SentencePiece Unigram 1024 4.75 5.36 3.46 4.19 11.21 9.14

How to Use this Model

The model is available for use in the NeMo toolkit [3], and can be used as a pre-trained checkpoint for inference or for fine-tuning on another dataset.

Automatically load the model from NGC

import nemo.collections.asr as nemo_asr
asr_model = nemo_asr.models.EncDecRNNTBPEModel.from_pretrained(model_name="stt_de_conformer_transducer_large")

Transcribing text with this model

python [NEMO_GIT_FOLDER]/examples/asr/ \
 pretrained_name="stt_de_conformer_transducer_large" \


This model accepts 16000 KHz Mono-channel Audio (wav files) as input.


This model provides transcribed speech as a string for a given audio sample.


Since this model was trained on publically available speech datasets, the performance of this model might degrade for speech which includes technical terms, or vernacular that the model has not been trained on. The model might also perform worse for accented speech.


[1] Conformer: Convolution-augmented Transformer for Speech Recognition

[2] Google Sentencepiece Tokenizer

[3] NVIDIA NeMo Toolkit


License to use this model is covered by the NGC TERMS OF USE unless another License/Terms Of Use/EULA is clearly specified. By downloading the public and release version of the model, you accept the terms and conditions of the NGC TERMS OF USE.