Need a narrator voice for your content? With text to speech you can, quickly and easily.
All of us who have worked on content creation for video or audio have needed a narration at some point. And if this content creation was for a personal project or small business then it can be difficult to get one.
You have to find a way to contact a voice actor directly or find a platform where they gather online, negotiate, send emails back and forth, and wait for the voice-over to be made and sent.
If you just need a line or two then this process becomes even more tedious, however, there is a solution that is growing more and more in popularity. Text to speech, or TTS, and we’ll explain how!
There are a number of different TTS services that you can choose from, but you will want the best, and the ones that use AI which is very important.
For the sake of time and familiarity, we will use Typecast as an example. Typecast uses and pays real human voice actors to create virtual voice actors that you can then use quickly and easily.
1. Visit typecast.ai and sign in or create an account
First, just visit typecast.ai and sign in or create an account if you haven’t already. If you’re creating an account then add the relevant information and proceed.
2. Create a new project
Once that’s all done, you’ll be taken to the dashboard where you can manage your different voice-over projects.
Under the My Projects tab, click on + Create New, then Project. You’ll be directed to the editor where you can start creating your script!
3. Create your script
There’s a number of different ways to start your project. You can start making your script, or check out all of the virtual voice actors.
I usually prefer to write the script first so that I can test how it sounds with different virtual voice actors after.
Simply write what you want the voice actor to say, or you can just paste in the lines from a different application. Whatever is easiest for you!
4. Choose your voice actor for narration
Once you’ve got your script down you can choose the virtual voice actor you want to use to voice it from text to speech.
You can do this by selecting the current voice actor icon on the left above your text in the right hand corner of the editor. You can add more than one voice actor if you need to.
For English voices, select English under the Language tab on the left, and if you scroll further down the settings list you will see which content type you want under the Content tab.
I selected Recitation/Audiobook for mine since we need a narrator, but if a different content type stands out to you then choose that one.
Finally, the list of AI voice actors will be sorted based on your selected options, and this is the fun part. You can read a sample from each virtual voice actor if you want before selecting the one you want.
As mentioned before, I usually test the voice actor with the script that I’ve written. For mine, I chose Uncle Hank because who doesn’t want a voice actor who sounds like Tom Hanks to narrate their content?
5. Listen to the voice and customize it further
Next is the main part you came for, the voice itself. The fastest way to do this is to click on the play button at the bottom of the play bar.
Bear in mind that the voice may not sound perfect the first time. AI isn’t perfect so some human intervention is needed. Luckily it’s pretty simple.
On the right hand side of the editor, you’ll see a bunch of different settings. Here you can edit the emotion of the voice as well as pace, pause, tempo, and pitch.
The settings you’ll need to adjust are different for everyone. Just play with the settings and listen to what the edited voice sounds like until you get what you like.
For me, just adding more spacing between some of the words worked to get exactly what I was looking for.
6. Download and use!
Once you’ve got the voice sounding exactly how you want you can download it by clicking on the Download button at the bottom.
This will bring up some download options. For me, everything is fine. But I like to use uncompressed audio so the speech generator quality is slightly higher, so I’ll download in .wav instead.
Congratulations! You now have the narration voice-over you wanted, and it was probably a quicker, cheaper, and more convenient way to find a narrator online than contacting an agency, especially since we only needed a few lines.
This is the power of an AI TTS service. And not only just for narration but a whole host of other mediums and content as well so go out there and make more voice-over content!