Our VoiceForge™ online text to speech service makes high-quality synthetic speech easy, affordable, and fun.
Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) September 10, 2010
The first TTS (text-to-speech) web service, VoiceForge™ makes the overall business of high-quality synthetic speech fun, easy, and affordable. Developer APIs make adding voices to web or mobile apps quick and easy. VoiceForge powers millions of Flash animations, ads, and applications. Send your text to VoiceForge, and your app can talk!
“Our (patent-pending) VoiceForge™ repository (voiceforge.com) makes the overall business of high-quality synthetic speech easy, affordable, and fun,” begins Patrick Dexter, Director of Business Development for Pittsburgh-based Cepstral LLC.
Incorporating Text-To-Speech (TTS) capability within Internet sites and apps has always been exceptionally difficult and costly. Resulting outputs have sounded far too programmed or pedestrian.
But VoiceForge has literally changed the game, repurposing voice technology developed for phones to be easily, efficiently, and effectively applied to the Internet.
“We were the first to enable app developers to add speech to their products in a practical way – they could now come to us without having to invest time or money to buy and maintain their own servers, TTS software, licenses, training… And, we do it all for about $100 per month. To date, more than 1,000 developers use our service,” says Dexter. "Plus, we get over 1 million synthesis requests each month and we're growing."
Developers, in fact, have been instrumental in finding additional applications for VoiceForge voices. For example, Cepstral’s speech technology can be found within millions of viral Flash animations, including those for global marketing campaigns for apparel (Old Navy), beverages (Old Jamaica Ginger Beer), and even a major motion picture, “Hot Tub Time Machine.”
“We’ve been able to work closely with some of the world’s most innovative advertising agencies to add distinctive and realistic voice and ‘personality’ to some of the most cutting-edge advertising out there,” states Dexter.
Low cost is just one significant VoiceForge deliverable. There’s also variety:
“We have a library of 50 voices, in premium/enhanced/basic categories, all providing ‘real’/believable tonality. For example, ‘Dallas’ speaks as a true Southern gentleman,” continues Dexter, “whether he’s announcing the arrival of an email, a meeting alert, reading you an article, or whatever you choose. Potential uses are endless.”
Employing VoiceForge’s services is virtually a pain-free process:
“You can sign up online (http://www.voiceforge.com) and get started immediately. Just select a voice, provide your desired text, and quickly receive back an MP3 file. It’s that simple – and turnaround is that fast,” claims Dexter.
Plus, as a VoiceForge subscriber, one receives the right to distribute the audio.
“No one else offers such a positive voice-buying experience, especially for an app developer,” per Dexter. “Easy, affordable, and with a vast array of natural-sounding voices.”
So, how does VoiceForge do as it promises? “We took great and careful initial pains to ensure VoiceForge would be totally compatible with IT architectural standards such as SOAP and, in the future, REST. In sum, we were absolutely committed to providing a simple speech API that would convert text into audio on demand,” says Adel Assaad, Cepstral’s Chief Technical Officer.
Lastly, from satisfied client, Keith Landers, CEO of Bizmosis, an Atlanta-based leading developer of breakthrough applications for mobile devices:
“Not only does VoiceForge provide an economical solution, but their product sounds natural. The staff is extremely responsive – coming right back to us with terrifically effective, within-budget answers. We rely on them not only to be our TTS specialist, but to continually give us new ideas as well. As they keep developing new voices, we’ll keep creating more apps – which, bottom line, grows our business.”
Well said, synthetically speaking.