Summary: You’ve created voice first fiction content. Now what voice should you use to tell the story? You can choose between humans and machines. The choice might be harder than you think.
The minute you begin designing your voice first fiction experience, you’re confronted with a big decision. Who should tell your story? What voice will narrate the content of your auditory tale?
Which path do you choose? Human narrator or machine-based text-to-speech (TTS)? Humans are far better storytellers than the current generation of speech-enabled voice assistants. But there are significant cons associated with using humans to narrate your voice first content.
Platform providers such as Amazon and Google are constantly improving the TTS (aka speech synthesis) technology that gives our AI companions their voices. But the technology falls short of effectively mimicking all the nuances of human intonation, inflection, and timing. Yet there are serious advantages to going with TTS.
Using a human to narrate your voice first content may seem like the obvious choice. It’s worth considering the following pros and cons before you commit to a path.
Human narrated voice first content is well-suited to content that has the following characteristics:
Amazon and Google offer a variety of artificial voices for use in the voice apps running on their platforms. Amazon offers the standard Alexa voice, as well as other synthesized voices in their Polly service. Google currently prohibits third-party developers from using the standard Google Assistant voice, but they have a variety of other voices to choose from.
TTS narrated voice first content is well-suited to content that has the following characteristics:
As you can see, choosing the best narrator for your voice first fiction story isn’t easy. Weigh the pros and cons of your options. Technology continues to evolve, so the pros and cons are sure to change in the future.