How to create a personalized synthetic voice if you can’t record yourself?
A perfect voice maker. Let’s assume a tool like this exists, and you found it. But, can you benefit from such a solution, if your voice is too weak to record?
You will be happy to know the answer is yes. You can still create a synthetic voice, even if you can’t record yourself anymore.
Message Banking has already grown to be a well-known term. This is where you upload your existing recordings to a voice making tool, and it uses the materials to create your personalized voice.
There is also another, less-known, solution: Voice Donation.
What is Voice Donation?
Voice Donation is a process where you ask someone else to do the recording for you. The person you’d nominate is typically a friend, relative, or any other trusted individual with whom you have a personal connection.
Is Voice Donation for me?
Voice donation addresses a combination of two common problems you can run into as an ALS patient.
- You can’t record yourself, AND
- You don’t have any previous recordings of your voice, OR
- You do have past recording, but they are not of good enough quality to create a synthetic voice.
What are the benefits of Voice Donation?
It’s true, the voice created through Voice Donation will not be your own. It’ll be the voice of a person you nominated to donate their recordings.
What matters more, however, is that the resulting voice will still be:
- Unique. No one else will speak with the voice you’ll have!
- Personal. You’ll benefit from voice personalisation
- Emotional. You will have an emotional connection with the voice you use. It will be a voice of someone you love, trust, or admire.
In short: Voice Donation is a solution that gives more people an opportunity to have a personalized synthetic voice.
Even the famous scientist Stephen Hawking used a voice his friend recorded and created for him. The “legend” says that when Hawking was suggested to upgrade to a “newer voice”, he answered “Thank you, no. My late friend Dennis’ voice is my voice.“
Ready to try Voice Donation?
The great news is you can use the Voice Donation feature in TheVoiceKeeper.
It’s a very simple process and here is a brief guide to get you started.
- Log in to your account. If you don’t have an account yet, register here. It takes 10 seconds—all you need is to write your name and email.
- Visit the dashboard. Once you’re logged in you’ll see a simple menu on the lefthand side. Pick “Ask a friend or relative to record.”
You’ll see a pop-up window like this:
3. Create a link. Well, we’ll create it for you! Just click at the underlined word “link“. This will generate a unique recording link which you can share with your friend or relative.
Copy the link and share it! You can share it in any way you like—by email, Messenger, Whatsapp, or any messaging platform of your choice.
What happens next?
The person you nominate to make a voice donation receives the link. They use it to login to TheVoiceKeeper and…they can start recording straight away!
Each time they complete a recording milestone, and a new version of the voice is created, you’ll both be notified.
Bonus. You can ask more than one person to donate their voice. Create multiple sharing links, and send each specific link with a chosen person.
You’ll be able to play and experiment with different voices, and only after testing them make your selection. It’s like picking from a gourmet menu of voices!
Ready to start building your own voice menu?
With TheVoiceKeeper, voice creation is always FREE.
You can experiment with your voice for 14 days, and purchase it only if you like it. You’ll do it from your own account, your relative will not be charged for anything.
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