6 creative ways you can use text-to-speech technology

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Technology is both practical and creative, and text-to-speech is a great example of how the two come together. Originally created for the visually impaired, the software is now also used to produce music, add comedic elements to videos, and save money and time on expensive voice acting.

If you’re interested in how to use text-to-speech technology creatively, read on.

1. Add AI voices to your songs

Decades ago, people would have questioned the concept of an AI artist, but in recent years the idea has gained popularity, especially in East Asia. Perhaps one of his most famous AI artists is Hatsune Miku, developed by Crypton Future Media using Vocaloid software.

However, you don’t necessarily have to use Vocaloids in your music production. Regular text-to-speech is just as creative, either as small segments or as whole songs. Especially popular in electronic music. Check out this song that uses text-to-speech.

TikTok has become more popular in recent years using text-to-speech rather than video, often for comedic effect, but text-to-speech has been used on other platforms such as YouTube for years. If you’re looking for an easy way to add narration to your videos, check out our tutorial on how to use Podcastle’s text-to-speech feature.

In addition to making social media easier to access, this software is also great for people who want to remain anonymous on the web or who don’t like using their voice.

Moreover, rather than having to re-record vocals, which is often time-consuming, requires multiple takes, and can require specific software that is difficult to use or expensive to purchase. It’s easier to create a great text-to-speech narration.

Below are examples of how YouTubers use technology to make the videos below more interesting.

3. Use text-to-speech in promotional videos

When promoting a company, product or brand, it is important to ensure that the ad is not only accessible but also interesting. Therefore, the best way to approach promotional videos is to include as many interactive elements as possible.

If you just put a word on the screen, many people won’t be able to read it, and some may not be interested simply because they aren’t interested. However, add your voice and suddenly their attention is completely on you. See the ad below for Ivona TTS (used in the video) that can convert text to speech in any language.

download: Yvona for Android (Free)

But if you’re not on Android, check out our free sites and extensions for online text-to-speech tools that work across devices.

4. Add text-to-speech functionality to your website

Just like promotional videos, some people just don’t have the time or patience to read an article. Especially since modern life is fast-paced and has limited attention spans. If you can add text-to-speech functionality to your website, you can save time by multitasking while listening to articles.

Additionally, article narration can be more compelling, especially if the article is long. Also, giving readers the option to choose which speaker to connect to makes them more likely to digest the information.

5. Use voice over for presentations

Do you go to school or work for a company? If you give presentations often, text-to-speech can help you deliver. Some people are more vocally inclined and more likely to participate when they hear the spoken word, but may choose to speak less if the presentation is particularly long. This is where narration can help.

Additionally, depending on who you’re presenting to and the software you’re using, text-to-speech can help overcome language barriers. Some text-to-speech software lets you choose between different accents, while others translate into a completely different language.

6. Proofread your work

In the busy world we live in, you may not have time to sit down and proofread your work, but you can listen. This way you can essentially proofread while you perform other tasks.

Endless Text-to-Speech Possibilities

Whether you are creating content for entertainment purposes or want to communicate in a more accessible way, text-to-speech has so many possibilities. Technology has advanced and become more readily available, so there is no excuse for not using it.