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How to Convert Articles to Audio With Text to Speech

by Oliver Goodwin | September 30, 2022

Reading Time: 8 minutes

Did you know that you can grow your online readership by at least 12% in a year just by deploying text-to-speech technology (TTS)?

In Q1 2020, 52% of the households with internet connection in the UK owned a voice assistant. Around this time in the US, 49% of internet households had a voice assistant. In only 12 months, these figures had increased by 12% and 13%, respectively. In Canada, the growth over this study period was recorded to be 18%.

The adoption rate of TTS continues to grow by the day, and the world will not be experiencing a shortage of new users anytime soon. As of 2020, the share of people aged 65-74 who used the internet was 61%. Statistics also show that one in three persons aged 65 and above in Europe is susceptible to vision impairment.

Not only do you need TTS technology to cater to these large audiences, but you also need it to enhance user-friendliness on your digital platform. With TTS at your disposal, you equip your readers with multi-tasking capacities and the privilege to cross language hurdles. The question then is how? Below we walk you through a step-by-step process of converting your articles to audio using our text-to-speech architecture.

How to Convert Your Articles to Audio Using Our Text-to-Speech

Follow these steps to start converting your articles to audio using Synthesys.

Step One - Familiarising Yourself With Our Voices

As a preface to the beginning of your journey with us, it is important that you meet a few representatives of the service that you get from us. Our demo voices cut across varied applications and disciplines: video advertisements, film trailers, audiobooks, radio advertisements, tv commercials, storytelling, and educational content.

To listen to our demos, go to our Voices section and have an experience.

Step Two - Setup an Account

Now that you have listened to our demos, and have decided to deploy our text-to-speech service to make your articles go audible, go to our AI Text-to-Speech page to initialise your journey. As soon as the page pops up, click on “GET STARTED”, as shown below.

Choosing a Subscription Package

Upon clicking on “GET STARTED” from the previous step, you are directed to our subscription plans section. This section contains three cards, each carrying a distinct subscription package. The cards contain all information that you need to have on the plans. Go through the details and decide on the one that best fits your interests. If, for instance, you have decided to go with the Audio Synthesys plan, click on the “GET STARTED” button at the bottom of the card as indicated below.

Making Your Payment

Enter your details in the appropriate fields, choose whether you want to go with the monthly or annual subscription, select your preferred payment method, and complete your transaction.

Step Three - Login

Upon creating your account, you will be required to create an account by providing an email and a password. Afterwards, you will have to sign in by clicking “Login.

Step Four - Converting Your Text to Speech

The dashboard is tailored toward making it easy for you to navigate your way through. For example, you can find all you need to customise your preferred voice on a single page.

Select Your Preferred Language

We have over 66 languages made ready for you to pick from. Begin this step by choosing the language your text is written in.

This will aid a smooth transition in modes as you do not want a Spanish text read out in an English voice.

Select Your Preferred Ambassador

With our library of 254 different speaking styles at your disposal, you can experiment with as many voice ambassadors as you want until you find the one that perfectly fits your preferences. Selecting an ambassador is easy—simply click on the icon that matches the voice as in the image below.

If, for instance, you have listened to Alicia and have decided you want to use her, you can make her your favourite by clicking the “star” icon.

(Optional) Customise Special Pronunciations

The Synthesys AI voice generator does not recognise special words, abbreviations, and numerals. So, for instance, “2”, “Mr.” and unique, indigenous names will be ignored or mispronounced if the generator encounters them.

Select the “Pronunciation” option from the “AI Voice” drop-down menu to address this.

Enter each word or character and how it is pronounced in the corresponding text fields. Then, for every entry, click on the “ADD” button. This action automatically saves the entry and tells your voice actor what to do should it come across the entry.

Enter Your Article and Create Your Voice

Inside the textbox provided, enter your article and click on the “CREATE” button to finally convert your article to audio.

(Optional) Adjust Your Audio Pause Time and Play Speed

The pause time is how long you want your voice actor to pause after a punctuation mark. The play speed is how fast your actor reads out your article.

To customise these two properties, work the “Pause” and “Speed” sliders (both calibrated in seconds) until you have achieved your desired audio results.

Download Your Audio File

Now that your text has been converted to audio, it is displayed below the textbox. To save the file to your device, click on the “download” icon and select the folder you want it saved into.

(Optional) Merge Your Audio Files

If you have multiple audio clips separately converted and would like to merge them as one, click on the “MERGE CLIPS” button.

Play and select the clips you want to merge in order of play sequence. Then, click the “MERGE CLIPS” button, as shown below.

Why Choose Synthesys?

The unique thing about our text-to-speech service is the multi-faceted applications and the modes of operation. As a result, it offers you an abundance of benefits while simultaneously giving you a smooth user experience. Broken down to bits below are the advantages you derive when you opt for Synthesys text-to-speech.

Portability and Universality

The world is rapidly going cloud! People want to be able to do so much with little effort whenever and from wherever in the world. Thanks to cloud technology, anyone can access loads of information and pick up any pending business process from wherever they left off with only a click.

The same can be applied to our text-to-speech. With only three clicks, you can access our unlimited resources and create your audio without time and space restrictions or much preparation.

Simplicity at its Finest

The user interface was designed with you at the very core of consideration. The algorithm is made so simple that you would need zero media or production experience to give voice to your articles. The steps to follow aren’t necessarily complicated, and the instructions are as clear as a whistle.

What is more, under no circumstances will you experience a glitch, a bump, or any form of discordance while navigating the interfaces. Every step along the way is as smooth as the previous one.

Spend Less, Get More

Every consumer’s dream is to get value for their money. With Synthesys text-to-speech, your dream as a consumer becomes an overnight reality. How? You not only get value for your money but also get way more than you paid for.

For starters, language preference is hardly ever an obstacle as there are over 66 different languages to choose from. This lays the groundwork for any type of variety you want to attach to your work’s identity.

Furthermore, you are provisioned with 35 unique female voices and 30 male voices from which you can choose your ambassador. And it only gets better! Among these 65 ambassadors are 254 distinct speaking styles.

In effect, you are the curator of your brand identity. You can experiment as much as you want, mix and remix until you get the perfect voice combination for your articles.

Extensive Application Range

Perhaps you want multiple distinct voices or speaking styles for specific sections of your articles, and you worry that you might never be able to do this.

Synthesys text-to-speech optimises the importance of nuance in everyday conversations. This is why hundreds of human voice variations have been made just for you. With these variations, you are opportune to make as many combinations as possible to fit any use case you might want to satisfy.

In essence, there are thousands of possible combinations that you can achieve and can be applied to an unlimited number of real-life or imagined scenarios.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a program that converts text to audio?

The answer is YES! The Synthesys AI Voice Generator is developed specifically to render this service.

The Synthesys AI text-to-speech technology is a cloud-based, user-friendly, and easy-to-use voice generator that you can use to convert texts of any kind to audio. The program is equipped with over 66 different languages, 65 male and female voice ambassadors, and 254 unique speaking styles.

More so, the program is flexible and customisable to fit the preferences and purpose of the user. Moreover, each feature can be combined with another to produce a special variant of voice that is perfect for a specific use case.

How do I convert text to an audiobook?

You can convert a text to an audiobook by following these simple steps:

Step One: Go to the Synthesys AI Voice Generator page and click on the “GET STARTED” button. This directs you to the subscription plans section.

Step Two: Choose a subscription package and click on the “GET STARTED” button. Proceed to choose your payment option and complete your transaction.

Step Three: Create an account and sign in.

Step Four: Select your preferred language, voice ambassador, and speaking style from the options available to you. Enter your text in the provided textbox, and click the “CREATE” button. Wait and watch the progress bar below the textbox as your text gets converted to audio.

Can I download a text-to-speech audio file?

Yes! Once you have successfully converted your text to audio, it appears below the textbox in the history section. It usually carries the text content as its identity for easy recognition. Click the “download” button and save it to your preferred device’s directory.

How do I convert text to speech and save it as an mp3 file?

Typically, your audio files from Synthesys are saved automatically in a “.wav” format or the Waveform Audio File Format because this is the standard audio format. However, this file format is usually larger than the .mp3 equivalent and can be played on only a few media players.

To save it as an mp3 file, simply rename the extension in the pre-save dialogue box. For example, click on the file name, rename “.wav” to “.mp3”, and save it in your preferred device’s directory.

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