Free Text to Speech
AT&T have a great free text to speech radio jingle generator. You can play with the different voices and create something that sounds quite realistic in various languages and accents. You can use the website as much as you’d like as long as it’s for private, non-commercial use. Here’s a demo radio jingle I mixed up using text to speech:
Siri, Adobe Audition and more
Here is my most recent attempt at playing around with the most recent technologies including Siri, Generate Speech in Adobe Audion as well as Voice RSS.
Challenges for Machines
The problem with text to speech is that you can’t direct the voice as you can with a real, live voice over talent. It’s always going to sound very monotone and sometimes the sound produced just doesn’t feel right. You can’t ask for “a longer pause there” or “more enthusiasm on that word”.
Another great website that provides talking avatars that convert text to speech so that you can have a talking website character is SitePal. It’s amazing what you can do with this neat technology. It’s like having a real person on the front of your website to welcome your visitor in and guide them around. Avatars could well be voice over stars of the future!