Naja – Female
Lotte – Female
English (Australian) (en-AU)
English (British) (en-GB)
English (Indian) (en-IN)
English (US) (en-US)
English (Welsh) (en-GB-WLS)
French (Canadian) (fr-CA)
Portuguese (Brazilian) (pt-BR)
Portuguese (European) (pt-PT)
Spanish (Castilian) (es-ES)
Spanish (Latin American) (es-US)
“1” Nicole – English (Australia) – young woman
“2” Russell – English (Australia) – tough sounding guy.
“16” Raveena – English (India) – a little more mature woman – intelligent sounding.
“34” Amy – English (UK) – young woman throaty? proper cut-glass sounding
“35” Brian – English (UK) – slow deliberate articulate
“36” Emma – English (UK) – higher timber, younger girlish? sounding Engish
“37” Joanna – English (US) – young woman, no accent, confident voice
“38” Joey – English (US) – slower, deliberate, young man 1.25 speed is better
“39” Salli – English (US) – slow, lower voice tone, young woman
“40” Justin – English (US) – young teen girl, high timbre, early teen sounding
“41” Kendra – English (US) – middle-age woman, lower voice, authoritative
“42” Kimberly – English (US) – middle age, medium timbre
“43” Ivy – English (US) – very high timbre, almost fairy-like girlish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UgpfSp2t6k (Amy Walker)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NriDTxseog (AMy Wlaker)
if your accent broadens, you start to speak with a more noticeable accent.
cut-glass UK. used about a way of speaking in which words are pronounced very clearly and carefully, in a way that is typical of someone from a high social class: a cut-glass accent.
a slow, lazy way of speaking or an accent with unusually prolonged vowel sounds.
“a Texas drawl”
Estuary English is an English dialect or accent associated with South East England, especially the area along the River Thames and its estuary, centering around London. it has some of the phonetic features of working-class London speech spreading at various rates socially into middle-class speech and geographically into other accents of southeastern England.
types: Cockney, Essex, Berkshire
The United States does not have a concrete ‘standard’ accent in the same way that Britain has Received Pronunciation. Nonetheless, a form of speech known to linguists as General American is perceived by many Americans to be “accent-less”, meaning a person who speaks in such a manner does not appear to be from anywhere. The region of the United States that most resembles this is the central Midwest, specifically eastern Nebraska (including Omaha and Lincoln), southern and central Iowa (including Des Moines), parts of Missouri, Ohio and western Illinois (including Peoria and the Quad Cities, but not the Chicago area).
AKA rhotic: relating to or denoting a dialect or variety of English, e.g., Midwestern American English, in which r is pronounced before a consonant (as in hard ) and at the ends of words (as in far ).
Warm, silvery baritone timbre in native British ‘Received Pronunciation’ English similar to actors Anthony Hopkins and Richard Burton, particularly suited to documentary and narration. Concise, crisp, clear…
British English, RP, warm, friendly, BBC style, with no discernible accent.
Cultural and ethnic American English
African American Vernacular English (Ebonics)
Cajun Vernacular English
Latino Vernacular Englishes
Pennsylvania Dutch English
General American English
General American: the “standard” or “mainstream” spectrum of American English.
Regional and local American English
Eastern New England
Boston and Maine: Greater Boston, including most of eastern Massachusetts
Mid-Atlantic (Delaware Valley)
North Midland: Omaha, Lincoln, Columbia, Springfield, Muncie, Columbus, etc.
South Midland: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Topeka, Wichita, Kansas City, St. Louis (in transition), Decatur, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Dayton, etc.
Southern Appalachian: Linden, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Asheville, and Greenville
Texas Southern: Lubbock, Odessa, and Dallas
New York City
Inland Northern: Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Western New York, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and most of the U.S. Great Lakes region
Western New England: Connecticut, Hudson Valley, western Massachusetts, and Vermont
North Central (Upper Midwestern): Brockway, Minot, Bismark, Bemidji, Chisholm, Duluth, Marquette, etc.
Upper Peninsula of Michigan (“Yooper”)
Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)
to talk posh:
means that she speaks with an accent which is of a higher class to her natural accent. It could also mean that she phrases things in a different way to how she would normally say things, for example by using impressive or long words and avoiding slang.
classified as a soprano, mezzo-soprano, or contralto (alto) if you are a woman, and a countertenor, tenor, baritone, or bass if you are a man.
voice for women is a better indicator of age than voice type
weight – light voices, bright and agile; heavy voices, powerful, rich, and darker
timbre or color – unique voice quality and texture
age and experience
Young, light, bright
High, bright, flexible
High, dark, flexible
Warm, legatto, full
Bright, metallic, theatrical
Powerful, young, full
Powerful, dark, rich
Agile, rich, bright
Strong, flexible, lachrymose
Rich, powerful, imposing
Low, full, warm
Full, low, stamina
Smooth, flexible, sweet
Brilliant, warm, agile
Mature, rich, powerful
AudioBooks and Podcasts
Digital Voice Actors
Mobile Brand Voice Actors
Articulate Artificial Voice Talent using Automatic Digital Production: unseen narrator talent for podcasts.
Passionate – expressive, enthusiastic, heartfelt, action-oriented, attractive
Quirky – irreverent, unexpected, contrarian, agressive
Authentic – genuine, trustworthy, engaging, direct, believable, calming, authoritative, announcer, intellectual, serious
Not commercial but narration voices.
The podcast is a relatively new form of media that has truly revolutionized the world of the spoken word. Thanks to the development of the podcast, listeners can now access interesting and important information on a wide array of topics from wherever they happen to have smartphones or other mobile devices. The amazing vocal artists at Voices.com know how to take material on any subject and turn it into a fascinating podcast. It won’t be long before your listeners are clamoring for more!
Ready-to-use Voice Talent
No editing required.
Unlimited, no word-count limitations.
PODCASTS – OPENER AND CLOSER
2 x 15 seconds or less cost $100 free
Minimum audio book: $280 free
How many words does a voice talent read per minute? As a general guide; reading slow – 100, regular – 150, fast – 200.
Estimates – 300 words = 2 minutes | 900 words = 5 mins | 1,800 words = 10 mins | 2,750 = 15 mins | 3,500 = 20 mins | 5,500 = 30 mins | 7,500 = 45 mins | 9,500 = 60 mins
10 Types of Voice Over Styles
Voice over artists can work in many different industries. This is what makes the work of voice over artists so exciting. In each industry, voice over artists must have a voice over style. The following are 10 types of voice over styles to be aware of when seeking work in this industry or looking for an artist for your project.
According to Edge Studio Voice Over Industry Center, about 8 percent of voice over artists work in television commercials. It’s a small part of the industry, but it can be the most lucrative. Breaking into this market means opening the possibility of getting more commercials, and soon your voice is well known among producers.
Most voice over artists work in narration; it makes up most of their income. Actually, 92 percent of voice over artist’s work comes from narration. Usually, this work comprises of making audiobooks.
Voice over artists work as announcers. They can work for airports, stadiums, train stations, malls, and other large public places.
Similar to the narration field, voice over artists work in biography by telling the life stories of celebrities and politicians. They can work in biography films by telling the stories of the people in them.
Character and animation work is fun for many voice over artists. They must speak like a child to make toys talk or cartoons come alive. Character/Animation voice over artists often work as narrators for children’s books, videos and video games.
Voice over artists work in the corporate world. They are the voices in training videos, promotional material and human resources videos. They also work for trade shows as announcers.
Business owners are now seeking voice over artists to explain what they are selling and how to use their website. Voice over artists create videos for website tours, banner ads, and online tutorials.
A voice over artist with a motivating voice can be perfect for an exercise or inspiration video. This voice is calm, soothing, and powerful in a peaceful way.
Like voice over artists who work in the corporate world, those working in education are in training and educational videos. They can work for schools, universities, and other educational institutions.
Some films are not biographies, but they still want a voice over to explain what is going on in the scenes. Voice over artists can have a large or small part in these films.
This is just 10 of the most types of voice over styles available. As you probably noticed, some of them overlap. As you’re looking to choose a style of your own, consider these options. If you’re seeking a voice over artist for your project, now you know which style to request.
Contact me today by phone or email for more information about my experience in these types of voice over styles. I would love to work with you on your voice over project.
1. Instructor (formal, didactic voice over)
2. Real Person (informal voice over)
3. Spokesperson (advocate, authoritative voice over)
4. Narrator (omniscient storyteller)
5. Announcer (sets the stage and calls for action)
Let’s explore these types of character roles in detail.
When teaching someone on what to do, for example, a corporate training video or children’s game, the voice over best suited for this kind of project is a straightforward, didactic and educated voice. The role of this particular voice talent is to instruct or provide information to fulfill a specific goal or purpose.
2. Real Person
Projects requiring a more casual approach often benefit from relatable, genuine voice overs. These voice overs are referred to as “Real Person” voice overs, commonly known as the “regular guy” or the “girl next door”. The character is homegrown, sensible, and friendly with a touch of familiarity and provides a more intimate interpretation that instills trust.
A Spokesperson can be on camera or off camera depending on the medium you are using. The role of a spokesperson is generally played by a confident, charismatic person able to promote a cause, product, or service with ease and authority. A voice over of this nature needs to be driven, optimistic and assured.
Storytelling is where the Narrator is most at home. Omniscient, courteous and honest, a Narrator’s job is to provide an audio landscape for a listener, briefing them on background information, posing questions, and providing solutions as they guide their audience through a program or documentary. Narrators can be male or female, and the most important factors are that they can communicate clearly and engagingly.
The Announcer, often heard live at events, on commercials, promos or introducing segments for podcasts, is a product of the broadcast age, most celebrated at its height in the Golden Age of Radio and early television broadcasts. Announcers can introduce an idea and assertively make a call for action at the conclusion of a commercial advertisement or short video. One common misconception is that an announcer has to sound like an announcer from decades ago, however modern announcers act more like Narrators, and in many cases, adopt the Real Person approach.
Here are some of the best voice over markets to find work:
Narration: Narration makes up a huge portion of voice over work. For many in the voice talent industry, narration voice overs comprise the majority of their work. There is a lot of work out there in the form of recording audiobooks.
Commercials: Voice over work for commercials is a smaller industry. Estimates show that only around 8 percent of voice over actors find work in commercials. But we’ve added it to the shortlist because of how lucrative the commercial industry can be.
Announcement: Ever wondered whose voice you’re hearing in airports, stadiums, malls, and other large public spaces? In many cases these recordings are the work of a voice over artist.
Corporate: The corporate world has plenty of need for voice over work. You have training videos, human resources material, or similar such material that warrant the need for voice over talent.
Education: There is a seemingly endless need for schools, universities and educational institutions in the form of voice over work. In this realm you can expect your voice over work to cover training and educational videos.
if your narration demo is simply tagged “narration,” it won’t show up in as many search results as a demo that is tagged “corporate, warm, trustworthy.” If the system can’t tell what you offer, it won’t know what auditions to put in your inbox! Beef up your profile with specifics on your vocal age range, styles (perky mom, corporate trainer, casual best friend), and tones (friendly, sympathetic, wry, sincere, etc.). These same descriptors need to be on your website, and ideally will be reflected in the overall look of your logo and website design.
Tips and Tricks
native voice actor is the unquestionable answer in order to make a trustworthy explainer video. Make your video native by speaking in regional language if necessary.
Using silence in the right places.
I’m still seeing Lato. How long does the CDN take to refresh with new changes? I’ll keep trying.
Meanwhile, I have other information to share.
Attached is a screengrab of a page under test: http://tearelabs.com/last-rocket/ This is a page with one graphic header and about 7,500 words of content. It is a short story. I’m using the voice #2 Russell an Aussie accent.
What it tells us in when a player (Speechkit.io) is installed, performance (speed) is borderline mediocre for mobile. Google estimates their will be a 20 percent visitor loss dues to loading time. More on that in a minute.
I’ve thought about your question as to how much a service like this is worth or how much would I pay for it. Here’s my observations based on experience and intuition.
Market size: The WordPress world is big. But not as big as Automattic claims. There are bloggers who debate the accuracy of the reported number of sites actually using WordPress. Half the users are North American. The rest tend toward usage by English speaking countries. Automattic claims over 30 percent of the web is using their CMS. This statistic is regurgitated over and over by unknowing and apathetic reporting.
Automatic’s estimates are inflated by sampling the better “creme” from their own trough. More realistic estimates from other sources say perhaps best-case 15 to 19 percent of the web is using WordPress. 77 million blogs are hosted on WordPress.com. It’s estimated that half are abandoned and still floating as Internet zombies. This artificially inflates user numbers.
But the majority of users appear to be bloggers who are self-publishing their ideas, philosophies, stories, and information.
75 percent of the domains registered in the US are speculative reselling. They are unused waiting for purchasers (suckers) to need or want them. This also inflates or skew statistical reporting of the size of the Internet.
My experience is that 99 percent of WordPress users expect all things word press to be free. Free plugins. Free themes. Free CMS. Even free images and graphics.
How to monetize your plugin? Can a company make money using a freemium plugin? Unknown. Three things are necessary:
1. The plugin must solve a niche problem or need.
2. The niche must have a community (AKA The List). This is the method of communicating with them.
3. The offer must be good. That includes terms of sale, specifications, duration of service, price, and service (and probably more).
So there things: need, list, offer.
You’ll notice that didn’t include branding or logos or any other expressive decoration. While I am a designer at heart, you can get those things “out of a can” or “off the shelf” nowadays that are sufficient for starting or testing. Don’t waste money on this stuff. Save your resources for other more valuable things.
My gut says your plugin should be classified as a competition to voiceover talent especially those focused on podcasting (online platforms). the growth rate of this industry is 35 percent by the end of 2024.
You are pricing against live voice over talent. And the BIG need you fill is optimization of digital mobile user experience. And would be described as a marketing automation product.
Voice over talent (or actors) is used for various mediums and deliverables but those I feel your plugin is best suited for include: E-learning, Podcasts and Audiobooks: Mixed Messages. Podcasts and audiobooks continue to be mediums that stir interest, but seem to lose participants just as fast as they gain them.
In the US: Voice Over market is I quote:
Gen X and Millennials are the Top Focus.
Buying power: Overwhelmingly, Gen X (35- 64 yrs old) and Millennials (18 – 34 yrs old) fall within the bullseye that media is targeting. Interestingly, Gen X (54%) is slightly ahead of Millennials (40%).
Meanwhile, Gen Z is still emerging at 3%, while Baby Boomers and the Great Generation are balancing out the scales at the other end of the spectrum, with 2% and 1% respectively.
Buyers: The vast majority of the respondents opted for a voice actor who could sound like a peer (73% want a ‘same age’ voice).
Increasingly, this peer must clearly represent diversity – so their voice, and the brand they’re voicing by extension, can be perceived as relevant, no matter where in the world the message is sent.
The Conversational Persona is Dominating Personas that are approachable and conversational in nature have risen significantly in popularity. The ‘executive’ persona, which is professional and friendly, has risen in popularity by 102%, and the Girl Next Door had become 48% more popular in 2016 compared to 2015.
The conversational ‘type’ of persona includes those such as ‘everyman, mother, narrator and storyteller.’
The announcer persona is dwarfed in comparison.
The Most Desirable Vocal Qualities
A persona that held authority, while remaining approachable, friendly, warm, and informative.
In essence, this persona embodied the qualities that most characterize as ‘conversational, a voice that speaks to the listener as a peer – albeit, a peer with the clout of an expert.
The new type of voice that everyone will be hearing in 2017 is one that isn’t perfect; it’s slightly flawed and more real, like that of your best friend. It’s the guy or girl next door. It’s genuine, and sounds nothing like a celebrity endorsement.
At the same time, 14% share that they are increasingly needing a more neutral sound, perhaps so as not to alienate anyone in a larger customer base. 40% report no change at all (that is, they’re still needing neutral English). The rest simply don’t worry about this.
Bloggers want to improve mobile user experience.
While Amazon Alexa (26 percent of voice-first users) has done well for “reading” news and podcast applications, are the they one to compete against? Essentially you are turning any browser into an Alexa competitor.
Many of these applications allow users to download podcasts or stream them on demand as an alternative to downloading. Many podcast players (apps as well as dedicated devices) allow listeners to skip around the podcast and control the playback speed.
Podcasts are usually free of charge to listeners and can often be created for little to no cost, which sets them apart from the traditional model of “gate-kept” media and production tools.
Podcast creators can monetize their podcasts by allowing companies to purchase ad time, as well as via sites such a Patreon, which provides special extras and content to listeners for a fee. It is very much a horizontal media form: producers are consumers, consumers may become producers, and both can engage in conversations with each other.
Podcasting, once an obscure method of spreading information, has become a recognized medium for distributing audio content, whether for corporate or personal use. Podcasts are similar to radio programs, but they are audio files. Listeners can play them at their convenience, using devices that have become more common than portable broadcast receivers.
On November 16, 2006, the Apple Trademark Department stated that Apple does not object to third-party usage of “the generic term” “podcast” to refer to podcasting services.
A podcast novel (also known as a serialized audiobook or podcast audiobook) is a literary format that combines the concepts of a podcast and an audiobook. Like a traditional novel, a podcast novel is a work of long literary fiction; however, this form of the novel is recorded into episodes that are delivered online over a period of time and in the end available as a complete work for download. The episodes may be delivered automatically via RSS, through a website, blog, or another syndication method. These files are either listened to directly on a user’s computer or loaded onto a portable media device to be listened to later.
The types of novels that are podcasted vary from new works from new authors that have never been printed, to well-established authors that have been around for years, to classic works of literature that have been in print for over a century. In the same style as an audiobook, podcast novels may be elaborately narrated with separate voice actors for each character and sound effects, similar to a radio play. Other podcast novels have a single narrator reading the text of the story with little or no sound effects.
Podcast novels are distributed over the Internet, commonly on a weblog. Podcast novels are released in episodes on a regular schedule (e.g., once a week) or irregularly as each episode is released when completed. They can either be downloaded manually from a website or blog or be delivered automatically via RSS or another method of syndication. Ultimately, a serialized podcast novel becomes a completed audiobook.
Some podcast novelists give away a free podcast version of their book as a form of promotion. Some such novelists have even secured publishing contracts to have their novels printed. Podcast novelists have commented that podcasting their novels lets them build audiences even if they cannot get a publisher to buy their books. These audiences then make it easier to secure a printing deal with a publisher at a later date. These podcast novelists also claim the exposure that releasing a free podcast gains them makes up for the fact that they are giving away their work for free.
The advent of user-generated content marked a shift among media organizations from creating online content to providing facilities for amateurs to publish their own content.
Mobile Knowledge Transfer: Podcasting is also used by corporations to disseminate information faster and more easily. It can be seen as a further development of Rapid E-Learning as the content can be created fast and without much effort. Learners can learn in idle times which saves time and money for them and the organizations. Audio podcasts can be used during other activities like driving a car, or traveling by train/bus. A group often targeted is the salesforce, as they are highly mobile. There podcasting can be used for sales enablement (see case study) with the goal of having the sales employee aware and knowledgeable on the companies products, processes, initiatives etc. An often-used format is expert interviews with statements of experienced role models to bring across also informal/tacit knowledge.
Professional Development: Professional development podcasts exist for educators. Some podcasts may be general in nature or may be slightly more specific and focus on the use of interactive white boards in the classroom.
Fiction. Podcasts like Escape Pod are used to distribute short stories in audiobook format. Other podcasts distribute stories in the format of radio drama.
Podcasting as a Business Content Marketing Strategy. Podcasts create brand fanatics, people who are deeply invested in who podcasters are as people and as business professionals. This is essence of long-form content marketing. Every minute that a customer or prospect listens to a podcaster speak with authority the podcaster is establishing themselves as a thought-leader. Conceptually the more time an audience spends with the podcasters content the more authority the podcaster will acquire.
Today there are more than 115,000 English-language podcasts available on the internet, and dozens of websites available for distribution at little or no cost to the producer or listener.
(AudioFeast shut down its service in July 2005 due to the unwillingness of its free customers to pay for its $49.95 paid annual subscription service, and a lack of a strong competitive differentiation in the market with the emergence of free RSS podcatchers.)
In March 2007 after being On Air talent and being fired from KYSR (STAR) in Los Angeles, Ca. Jack and Stench started their own subscription based podcast. At $5.00 per subscription, their loyal fans had access to a one-hour podcast, free of any commercials. They have had free local events at bars, ice cream parlors and restaurants all around Southern California. With a successful run of 5 years and over 1200 podcasts (as of March 2012) The Jack and Stench show is among the longest running monetized podcasts.
The BBC noted in 2011 that more people (eight million in the UK or about 16% of the population, with half listening at least once a week – a similar proportion to the USA) had downloaded podcasts than used Twitter.
For example, podcasting has been picked up by some print media outlets, which supply their readers with spoken versions of their content.
Although firm business models have yet to be established, podcasting represents a chance to bring additional revenue to a newspaper through advertising, subscription fees and licensing.
Veteran podcaster Gary Leland joined forces with Dan Franks and Jared Easley to form a new international conference for podcasters in early 2014 called Podcast Movement. Unlike other new media events, Podcast Movement was the first conference of its size in over a decade that was focused specifically on podcasting, and has tracks for both new and experienced podcast creators, as well as industry professionals. The fourth annual conference is scheduled for August 2017 in Anaheim, California.
Show status in page or post directory of audio state.
No way of knowing what voice was used.
Refresh all audio button doesn’t go away. (unless you press save changes).
Does control panel remote volume affect playback on site?
Dropcap shortcodes error
Does the control panel editor work? Reload?
Far futures expiration setting?
iPad text covered on player