Can TTS change your life?
We think it can and so do these rising stars of synthetic voice tech
The answer is yes, yes it can. But first, let’s start with what TTS even means…
TTS stands for text to speech which refers to synthetic (non-human) voices that read out loud to you. You’re probably already familiar with Alexa, Siri, Watson, Polly, etc. While they’ve been the stars of the text to speech revolution, there are several, smaller but extremely talented, players with impressive technology. Here’s who we’re excited about:
Why they’re cool: They’re creating personalities, not just voices. These personalities correspond to specific uses and occasions. They are targeting brands that want to decrease their voice over recording costs by using synthetic voices.
Check out their voices:: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evmvsviHNYY
Why they’re cool: Lyrebird is also focused on content creators but is enabling individuals to create their own, personalized synthetic voice. Using artificial intelligence, they’ve created a studio that makes creating your own voice avatar accessible.
Create your own voice: https://www.descript.com/lyrebird-ai
Why they’re cool: Dessa’s recently developed AI model is capable of creating a synthetic voice that replicates real, human voices. They’ve even created a synthetic voice for Joe Rogan, the popular podcast host.
Learn more: https://medium.com/dessa-news/real-talk-speech-synthesis-5dd0897eef7f
Why they’re cool: DeepZen’s voices are pushing the envelope when it comes to emotion and expression. They partner with various sectors from publishing and advertising to gaming which all require human emotion for audio communication.
Test the voices: http://deepzen.io/
As artificial intelligence and synthetic voice technologies improve, it’s clear that audio and its applications will continue to expand. As an app that aims to use the best existing synthetic voices, we continue to stay tuned to how we can make listening for personal and professional development, as enjoyable as possible.
The elocance Team
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