Samples of banked voices
Hello, my name is Georgina and I’m a speech and language therapist with the KM CAT Service. I would like to share my experience of banking my voice. I’ll let you judge if you think the end results sound like me, or enough like me, to be worth going through the voice banking process.
A bit of background information
I banked my voice with ModelTalker. This required me to read and record phrases/sentences (some short and some a bit longer) in a quiet room using a laptop and a headset microphone over a number of sessions.
There are several companies that offer voice banking.
It’s worth considering that a close family member or friend can bank their voice on your behalf if you wish.
Once you have finished recording your voice and downloaded it, you have the choice of playing it on your laptop, or using it with AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) software. For example, it can be used on a text-to-speech app on an iPad where you type words/sentences and press ‘speak’ to hear them.
Samples to listen to
Here are four versions of my voice for you to listen to, as well as an off-the-shelf voice that is widely available on AAC devices for comparison.
Amount Recorded: 1600 Sentences
Recording Period: 4 x Sessions
Time Taken: 5 hours and 35 minutes
The AAC software enables pronunciation of individual words to be edited. This feature can be used to make them sound more like your voice. Although it would be impractical to edit every word that sounds a bit unnatural when spoken with a banked voice, correcting a few, commonly used words can make a huge difference.
We can provide training on how to change pronunciation, however it would be up to the user to do the editing.
A note about message banking
As an alternative, or in addition to voice banking, it is possible to message bank. A big advantage is that recording is quick to do and it will sound exactly like you. You simply select and play the messages you have recorded and saved.
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has published an information sheet on the subject of voice / message banking.
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