How to create an AI version of your voice

Creating an AI version of your voice, often referred to as a voice clone or voice model, opens up a wide range of possibilities. Here are some potential uses:

  1. Content Creation: If you’re a content creator, you can use your AI voice to generate voiceovers for videos, podcasts, or other media. This can save you a lot of time, especially for long pieces of content.
  2. Audio Editing: If you make a mistake during a recording or want to change something, you can use your AI voice to seamlessly make corrections or alterations without having to re-record anything.
  3. Accessibility: An AI voice can be used to make your content more accessible. For example, you can provide audio versions of written content like blogs or articles for people with visual impairments.
  4. Personalized Messaging: You can create personalized messages for your audience or clients without having to record each one individually.
  5. Interactive Applications: You can use your AI voice in interactive applications like video games or virtual reality experiences, where your voice can be used to deliver dialogue or instructions.
  6. Virtual Assistants: You can use your AI voice to create a more personalized virtual assistant.
  7. Singing and Music: Although this technology is still developing, you could use an AI version of your voice to experiment with songwriting, or to create backing vocals.
  8. Language Learning Tools: Your AI voice could be used in applications that help people learn a new language, providing them with examples of pronunciation and intonation.
  9. Narration for Audiobooks or E-Learning Courses: You can use your AI voice to narrate audiobooks or create e-learning courses, making it easier to produce large amounts of content.
  10. Public Speaking and Speech Writing: If you’re a public speaker or speechwriter, you can use your AI voice to hear how your speech will sound before you deliver it.

Remember, with these possibilities also come ethical considerations. Misuse of voice cloning technology could lead to issues like identity theft, deepfakes, and consent violation. Always use such technology responsibly and in accordance with the law.

As of my last update in September 2021, there are several tools available to create an AI version of your voice. Here are a few options, but please note that you should check their current status, as the technology and service providers may have changed:

  1. Descript’s Overdub: Descript is a tool for editing audio and video, and Overdub is a feature that allows you to create a synthesized version of your voice. You can use it to generate new voiceover content just by typing.
  2. Resemble AI: Resemble AI provides a service called Resemble Fill that allows you to create a synthetic voice based on your own. You record a series of sentences, and their software uses that to generate a model of your voice.
  3. Lyrebird AI: This was one of the earliest companies offering custom voice models. They require you to record a set of sentences to create your digital voice. However, as of my knowledge cutoff in 2021, Lyrebird has been absorbed into Descript and its technology powers the Overdub feature.
  4. Google’s Text-to-Speech API: Although it doesn’t offer custom voice modeling out of the box, it’s worth mentioning because it’s possible to use Google’s TTS API in combination with other machine learning tools to train a model on your voice.
  5. Microsoft’s Custom Neural Voice: This is part of the Azure Cognitive Services suite. It’s an advanced tool that requires a significant amount of data to train a voice model, but the results can be very high quality.

Remember, creating a synthetic version of your voice requires that you record and submit a significant amount of audio data, and different services may have different privacy policies regarding how they use and store that data. Be sure to carefully review these policies before deciding on a service.

Also, using AI to create a singing voice is more complex than creating a speaking voice due to the variation in pitch, tone, and rhythm. As of 2021, the technology for creating a convincing AI singing voice was still developing.

As the technology progresses, it’s likely that more advanced and accessible options for creating AI singing voices will become available. Always make sure to check the most recent updates beyond my knowledge cutoff in September 2021.