Have you ever wanted to sound like someone else? Maybe you've seen a movie and been amazed by possible vocal transformations. Did you know it's possible to change your voice in real life too? It may not be as impressive as what you see on the big screen, but it can still be fun and useful for various purposes. In this article we'll discuss how and why you might want to change the sound of your voice.
Voice Cloning: Myth or Reality?
Having come a long way from early voice-changing devices like the vocoder used to create the iconic robotic sound in songs like Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," voice cloning technology has progressed to the point where it's becoming more and more realistic with every iteration.
Voice cloning technology records someone's voice and then uses that recording to create a digital model of the person's vocal tract. The model can help audio engineers generate new sounds that mimic the person's original voice.
The past few years have seen many advancements in the voice cloning field. If the first iteration of the technology could create only a few seconds of realistic-sounding speech, the latest AI-powered software can generate extended and continuous natural speech. The era of voice cloning is upon us, and it will only get better from here.
How to Change Your Voice to Sound Like Someone Else
Every human is unique, and our voices have much to do with that. The shape of our vocal tract, the size of our larynx, and the way we use our muscles all contribute to the sounds we make when we speak.
While looking for tools to alter your voice, there's no need to focus on the hardest or most expensive high-end solutions. Sometimes the simplest methods are the most effective. Whether you are just thinking about giving voice-altering a try or looking for a more advanced tool, we have something special for you. Just read on!
As a rule, the methods of how to change your voice can be divided into three categories: hardware-based, software-based, and manual, aka physiological. Let's find out how each of them works.
If you want to change your voice in real time, you will need a hardware device. The most common devices are voice changers and microphones that process your voice and change it with sound effects.
Voice changers come in many shapes and sizes, from simple plug-and-play devices to more sophisticated units requiring a certain amount of tweaking to get the perfect sound. Nevertheless, you should also invest in software for the best results.
Changing your voice for a more dramatic transformation or for longer periods requires specialized tools and platforms. Today, the market is flooded with all sorts of software that claims to be able to change your voice.
There are two ways to go: by using voice-altering software, or by using text-to-speech software. The most popular and effective voice-changing software uses artificial intelligence (AI) that learns how to mimic your voice. All you need to do is record yourself speaking for a few minutes, and the software will do the rest.
In fact, the secret weapon we have for you is an AI-powered solution. Let's quickly look at a few physiological hacks, then explore the tool in more detail.
Manual or Physiological Methods
Professional voice actors and vocal coaches mostly use the methods we are about to share with you. If you want to change your voice without any external help, then you will need to put in some hard work and training.
To change the pitch of your voice, you need to learn how to control the muscles in your vocal tract. They include the larynx, vocal cords, and lips. By manipulating these muscles, you can change the way your voice sounds.
Breathing plays a vital role in how your voice sounds, so make sure to practice proper breath control. Breathe from your stomach instead of your chest, and try to exhale longer than the inhale. This will help you project your voice without straining your vocal cords.
That's all good and well, but how do you go about changing your voice to sound like someone else?
Use AI to Create a Digital Copy of Your Own Voice
Minutes! That's how long it takes to get started with Podcastle. Initially created as a podcast recording software, Podcastle is constantly evolving to meet the needs of its devoted users.
One of the most recent additions to the software is the brand-new revoicing module! Based on deep voice learning and artificial intelligence, the module can create a perfect copy of your voice.
While most other tools require recording yourself for hours, with Podcastle you only need to record yourself reading 70 sentences. The technology will analyze the recording, learn the speaker's intonation, accent, and other nuances, and create a new voice model. Then, you can use this model to generate as much speech as you want.
Converting Text-to-Speech: How-to Guide
If you want to use text-to-speech (TTS) to turn a written message into speech, Podcastle has you covered. The tool has a built-in TTS engine that can read any text and recite it in your voice or in one of a selection of pre-existing voices.
To change your text into speech, simply type or paste the text into the text box and click on the 'Generate' button. The software will start reading the text aloud in one of 14 voice skins or your newly created voice.
Pro hint: Podcastle has gone even further with its voice-to-text converter. You don't need to type the text this time – the software will do it for you! Just record the speech, and Podcastle will transcribe the recording and convert it into text.
Podcastle is also perfect for those who are not comfortable with recording themselves. The software can generate speech from the text you provide without you having to say a word!