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Lyrebird can ‘copy the voice of anyone’ in a minute

Lyrebird is developing speech technologies for developers.

Montreal-based Lyrebird has published a microsite showcasing its voice imitation algorithms. The AI-startup claims it has developed an API which will let you synthesize speech using anyone’s voice – from just a minute-long recording of the person. The speaker doesn’t need to say any off the words contained in the audio generated. Furthermore, you will be able to select emotions for the speech, such as anger, sympathy, or stress.

In the main demo from the showcase page at Lyrebird.ai, embedded above, you get to hear a synthesized voice switch between Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton imitations. There are plenty of other examples to check over. This is pretty impressive for real-time generation and voice imitation switching, though its easy in some segments to detect the ‘robotic’ speech sound.

As TNW reminds us, Adobe showcased similar voice mimicking tech last year, under the name of Project VoCo. However, Adobe’s tech required about 20 minutes of user speech for its mimicking tasks plus its software package installed on the client system. Lyrebird only needs a minute long recording and will shortly launch a cloud based API service for you to upload audio and download your synthesized speech.

Continued: Lyrebird can ‘copy the voice of anyone’ in a minute

Source: Demo – Lyrebird

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