What was once a technically complex and costly undertaking, available to only a few, has now become a growing industry whose availability and on-time delivery are helping voice technology usher in today’s era of efficiency. Below you will find a list of the top 7 listed companies:
1 Trinity Audio
This Tel Aviv-based startup is at the forefront of the audio revolution. They provide an audio content solution aimed at bringing sound to the publishing sector as well as for every content creator looking for a way to grow their audience, maintain engagement and monetize them.
Once implemented, the audio player has the ability to automatically create a customized set of speaker smart skills based on the selected content. Trinity Audio also has content technology (or ConTech, as the company calls it) that continually studies audience behavior and provides recommendations for audio content. TrinityAudio also supports independent media and sponsors the Voice Tech podcast.
Founded in late 2018 in California, USA, BingeWith converts online text content to rich audio with an integrated player, allowing users to instantly convert any blog and article to audio.
Alternatively, to create an mp3 file, you can paste the article link or raw text into the BingeWith website and it will create an audio version that you can download.
BingeWith uses AI that matches natural speech patterns by taking clues from text such as commas and semicolons to create natural-sounding speech. There is also a selection of voices from different regions and genders.
The embedded player is attractive and the color can be customized. It has a nice big play button, 15 seconds for forward and backward, and total audio clip time. Listeners can also set the sound speed that suits them best. We currently use BingeWith on this site, so you can play around with it at the top of this page!
Speak2web, originally from Minnesota, USA, is a voice assistant platform designed to serve businesses of all types and sizes, not just individual blogs. Running on a paid subscription business model with a free trial available, the company offers a plugin that adds a voice assistant called Simon AI to any website, allowing visitors to engage in a conversation as if they were talking to a real person.
It takes up to an hour to set up, and users can choose between a male or female narrator.
Although it is primarily focused on WordPress, speak2web supports other website platforms and mobile apps. The company’s REST API solution integrates seamlessly into any website or mobile app, third-party organizations such as listings and reservations management systems, and even unstructured data sources. The voice assistant accesses all the data on the website, allowing visitors to search and make purchases using voice input.
SpeechKit is an independent open source solution that adds audio-to-speech to any site in seconds as part of a versatile auto-publishing toolkit for audiovisual news. With access to dozens of the latest voices from Google WaveNet and Amazon Polly, this platform provides natural language programming technology and audio analytics with detailed audio engagement reports.
In addition to audio news articles and newsletters, SpeechKit also offers a custom Alexa Skill for deploying audio content via a WordPress plugin, RSS feeds, or its audio API. The company recently launched a beta version of AdStudio (beta), its self-service audio ad platform, which gives users the ability to sell audio sponsorships at the start of a video, which likely directs the service more towards established businesses than independent bloggers.
Play.ht is another TTS service that allows WordPress users to make their blog posts listenable as podcasts. It also allows mid-level authors to add audio to their articles through a Chrome-only browser extension. By following a simple setup process and clicking the Publish with Sound button, authors can instantly speak their written word in a wide range of voices and languages. They can post new articles with audio or subsequently add audio to already published articles on their Stories page.
The audio player itself can be customized to match the look and feel of your blog. Play.ht also provides a decent amount of audio analytics for users to check how many people are listening, sharing and / or downloading their stories.
6 Web Speech API
The SpeechSynthesis part allows web pages to read their text content and is supported by most major browsers.
SpeechRecognition allows web pages to listen to visitors (through their microphone if they give permission), recognize the voice context from the audio input, and respond accordingly. SpeechRecognition is currently only fully supported by Chrome.
Together, these two parts facilitate communication between the web page and the visitor. The TTS voices and sections of text that the system will pronounce are fully customizable, but some programming skills are required to implement two-way communication.
7 Responsive voice
ResponsiveVoice is an unlimited HTML5-based text-to-speech library that also has a WordPress plugin designed to add voice functionality to a content management system on smartphones, tablets, and desktops. It currently supports 51 languages and 168 voices.
When added to a WordPress website, the player itself is non-invasive and looks like a simple button labeled “Listen to this post,” “Listen to this,” or whatever. The whole process only involves adding a shortcode anywhere on a page or post, and you’re done. You can set it to read the entire page or just a portion of the text. In addition, you can set other parameters such as voice pitch, speed, and volume.
Update – December 5, 2019
Since 1999, ReadSpeaker has been one of the leading B2B TTS companies worldwide with over 10,000 clients in a wide variety of industries. They develop branded voices for world famous brands and offer 90 high quality TTS voices in over 30 languages. Their product portfolio includes cloud, production and on-premise speech solutions enabling IVR, conversational systems, voice assistants, automotive, robotics, public service announcements, learning platforms, websites, and more.