Love it or hate it, artificial intelligence or AI is here to stay. Ipsos conducted a global survey for the World Economic Forum and found that six out of 10 respondents expect AI to profoundly affect their lives in the next three to five years. Five in 10 actually feel AI-powered products and services have already significantly impacted their daily lives.
The AI voice generator is one of the multitude of mature technologies that AI makes possible.
Well, technically, the technology is text-to-speech or TTS, and it works by reading text aloud. However, AI-powered voice generators are different from old-style TTS in that a human-like voice recites the text instead of a disembodied and robotic voice.
This human-like voice is exclusively computer-generated. AI voice generators are now so advanced that unless you're trained in linguistics, particularly vocalics, you probably can't even tell when the speaker is human or a computer program.
It's all thanks to advances in machine learning. AI voice generator programs have been able to create natural-sounding voices and mirror realistic human intonation by "studying" massive databases of human voices.
"Listening" to recordings of actual human voices helps an AI voice generation program refine itself and become more "intelligent." Over time, it can produce voices that are so realistic it's hard to tell they are computer-generated and not the work of voice actors.
Why do we need and want realistic-sounding, AI-generated human-like voices? Well, they have many potential applications, particularly voiceovers.
The following are some common applications of AI voice generation, particularly in providing voice overs.
1. Voice Overs for Your E-Learning Videos
You can use AI voices to provide voice overs for your e-learning materials and courses. Do you offer classes on Udemy or Coursera? Now, you can provide your materials with voice overs that sound so realistically human.
Why would you want to do this when you can do it yourself? Here are a few reasons.
You Need Speed
Suppose you have tens or hundreds of learning videos that require voice overs. If you record the voice overs for each one, it will take a lot of time. Even if you hire voiceover actors to record the voice overs on your behalf, that should still take a long time to complete.
In contrast, creating voice overs from AI voice generation programs requires you only to write the text that the AI program can read out loud. Now, that's fast and efficient.
You Want Value
Voiceover actors get paid per project, line of text, or hour of work. If you have hundreds of videos, you must spend a lot of money to hire one or more voice over actors.
In contrast, if you pay for an AI voice generation service, creating voice overs for hundreds of videos will not cost you as much money as it would hiring voice actors. In fact, if you get a service plan that includes unlimited voice generation, you can create thousands of voice overs and never have to spend more than a hundred dollars per month for the most advanced AI voice over service available to individual users.
You don't like to talk and don't want people listening to your voice. An AI-generated voice is perfect in this case.
You Want to Connect With Your Audience
What if you plan to take your courses global? In this case, you may want to create voice overs in the language and accent native to your audience.
2. Narration for Documentaries
Think Our Planet, the Netflix documentary. One of the things that made the series so popular was the gentle but authoritative voice of David Attenborough. It's soft, warm, and raspy with an attractively smooth British accent.
That should tell you how the narrator's voice can significantly enhance the quality and attractiveness of a documentary. However, unless your documentary will have as wide a distribution as One Planet, it may not be practical to hire a voice talent of David Attenborough's caliber.
In this case, you can get an AI voice to narrate instead. The technology is so advanced there are now ultra-expressive AI voices that will make the perfect voice for narrating documentaries.
3. Voice Overs for Your Presentations
You have an important business presentation, and parts of it require voice overs. However, when you tried recording your voice, it didn't quite sound right because you didn't have the right vocal register and dynamics to express your lines well.
This is the perfect time to use an AI voice generator. A good one will give you hundreds of AI voices to choose from, ensuring that you can find the ideal voice to maximize your presentation's impact and bring your presentation to life.
You can even use AI voices to enhance the relatability of your presentation. For instance, a second citizenship consultant introducing second citizenship opportunities in Antigua and Barbuda to a predominantly British audience will find utility in a British-sounding AI voice.
4. Create Audiobooks
Do you work for a publishing house with thousands of novels the company would like to convert to audiobooks? Perhaps you're an author who wishes to activate an additional income stream by selling an audio version of your work. You may even be someone who just wants to help by making books accessible to the visually impaired.
Whichever your use-case scenario, AI voice generators will save you thousands of person-hours in audio recording. Just load the electronic copy of the book you want to convert to an audiobook, and the AI text-to-speech program will do the rest.
Create Human-Sounding Voice Overs With AI
Artificial intelligence, particularly machine learning, means text-to-speech software that provides realistic human-sounding voices. You can use AI voice generators to create engaging voice overs for e-learning courses, documentaries, presentations, and audiobooks.