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Our Story: Meet Almagu

Almagu has been the leading text-to-speech company in Israel since 2011. Our products are sold to leading companies across a variety of sectors—from telecommunication, to education, to government clients. Our synthetic voice technology is used by most colleges and universities across the country, helping thousands of users read and understand better.

Almagu’s voice technology has been used across the health and education sector in Israel since 2011. 

In the health sector, an Israeli health support organisation Ezer Mitzion implemented our voices in communication computers used to aid patients in need of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solutions. Since 2015 our voices have also been a part of a program of the Israeli government to fund communication means for those who need them.

A request from an ALS patient sets Almagu on a new path

It was in 2015 that Almagu received the first request for a personalised text-to-speech (TTS) voice generator for an ALS patient. Little did we know, this request would set us on a new path.

The patient was already in an advanced stage of the disease and couldn’t talk very well. He did some recordings before, but there were too few of them and their quality was not good enough for the technology of the time.

We were desperate to help him and other ALS patients who wanted to communicate with their loved ones in their own voice. That’s when we set off on a long mission to create an intuitive and affordable system of personalised voice creation.

DNNs brought a breakthrough

The breakthrough came in 2018. We started to use Deep Neural Networks (DNN) in the synthesis technology.

Why? DNNs offer several significant advantages over the previous technology.

  • Fast learning. This vastly reduces the number of sentences a person needs to record to create a personalized voice.
  • Background noise filtration. Lower sensitivity to the recording environment means that one can reach amazing quality with a PC, a $40 microphone, and a quiet room.
  • Reduction of inconsistencies. This means that even patients with slightly slurred speech can use their voice to create a high quality product.

Combining efficient use of DNNs with Almagu’s previous experience eventually lead to creating our product—TheVoiceKeeper.

In March 2019 we launched TheVoiceKeeper in Israel. Our system is fully automatic, performs quickly, and is very easy to use. We take care to guide you through you recording process, alerting if something is wrong and how to achieve better results.

Months of intensive testing allowed us to significantly improve TheVoiceKeeper and…uncover its real magic. 

Leveraging the lessons learned on the Israeli market, we improved our voice banking system to now empower patients in the English-speaking world.

How does the current TheVoiceKeeper outperform other systems?

  • Only a small sample. We reduced the minimal required sample of recordings from 900 to just 30 sentences. What does it mean in practice? It now takes only 3 minutes to complete the first batch of recordings.
  • Accelerated voice creation. With a lower number of sentences to process, it takes our system only 20 minutes to create the first version of a user’s voice.
  • Gradual improvement. The more sentences are recorded, the better the voice model. Users can record at their leisure, from any device.

Medical professionals advice ALS patients to record their voice early, while it’s still strong.  To facilitate this we decided to make voice creation free, and only charge for extra services. On top of that, we launched a keeping service where we keep your voice safe in our database for a marginal fee, until you really need it.

Our mission

At Almagu, we make creating personalised synthetic voices easy and intuitive.

Our mission is to enable each person who is about to lose their voice to safeguard it with minimal effort.

Working together with patients, their families, doctors, speech therapists, and medical institutions we strive to increase the impact of our technology.

We are excited to enable ALS patients keep one of the key parts of their identity—their voice.

Join us!

Interested to explore how you can use TheVoiceKeeper’s technology in your work or institution? We’d love to discuss this with you.

Get in touch!

Meet the team behind TheVoiceKeeper

Elik

Founder & CEO

A speech technology veteran. With 20 years of experience in leading development teams he is in expert in delivering high-quality solutions, whether it comes to apps or server applications.

Ariel

Core ML/AI developer

Ariel makes sure your voice sounds best, taming all the algorithms and data along the way. He’s celebrating his 18th birthday soon, and we hope to stop the time, so he won’t have to go to the army.

Andrey

Chief software engineer

A master of Windows technologies and SQL, Andrey built most of our services from scratch, with his bare hands (not really).

Eli

Sales & support

Eli is bringing in more than 40 years of experience in selling speech products and high-tech software, services to Israel’s largest organisations.

Yael

UI & UX

Yael is designing all our products since 2013