Text dubbing may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Services that speak sentences aloud are indispensable for people with disabilities. In addition, they will be useful for those who study a foreign language and want to hear the correct pronunciation of phrases. Talkers will also be useful for those who are used to hearing information by ear.
It is best to use online services for text dubbing. Consider also the best programs with which you can listen to any information. Each of them has its own advantages and a wide list of features: paid and free.
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The proprietary translator Google Translate from the largest company has become a classic option not only for online translation, but also for the voiceover of the typed text. It is enough to enter a few sentences and press the speaker button to play the text. Voice input is enabled if you have a microphone. The web service allows you to type texts up to 5000 characters long, which can be considered a fairly impressive value of the indicator.
With authorization in the Google account there is an opportunity to save the sound in the "Favorites" section. Translation from more than 100 languages is supported. Paid services for Google Translate are not provided.
By default, is available only one speed dubbing and only a female voice with a timbre, like a robot. This is the only disadvantage of the online service of the famous corporation.
Voxworker online speech synthesizer allows you to voice up to 1500 characters entered into a text field. All this is free of charge. You can either play an audio recording directly on the site or download it for local use.
On the main page of the service you will find examples of the voice synthesizer engine. You can't say that there is anything impressive about it: there is a certain roboticism in the pronunciation of both male and female voices. For large amounts of text this option will probably be tedious to listen to, but for short-term tasks, perhaps, the normal option. I haven't found any paid features in the Voxworker service.
Using the Voxworker service is easy:
- Choose a male or female synthesizer.
- Specify tone and speed settings.
- Insert or type text into field
- Press Play.
- There are 3 female and 2 male voice synthesis options available.
- You can choose the pitch and speed of playback.
- Two language options - Russian and English.
- You can insert logical pauses in the text.
- Audio recording can be downloaded or scroll to the desired fragment.
Since March 2020, Yandex Alice has been able to voice texts from almost any web pages in English.
This technology works on Android mobile devices and Windows PCs. Support for other platforms is not reported, but there is a probability that on iOS and Mac OS this online dubbing technology will also work.
Voice assistant reads text from a page with a female voice, ignoring the design elements, trying to find the main information online.
In order to have Alice voice-over text, you need to:
- Download Yandex Browser for Android or PC
- Open the desired web page, site;
- Press the button with headphones (and give Yandex Browser access to the microphone);
- To read a fragment, you need to highlight the text and in the context menu select the command "Sound";
- You can also listen to the text by saying into the microphone "Listen, Alice, read this page;
A more advanced online voicebot service. Its features are:
- support for neural network algorithms,
- You can make speech more lively by adding pauses, accents, intonation, both manually and in semi-automatic mode,
- English, Kazakh, Russian, Turkish are supported,
- You can create dialogues by adding several characters with different voices for voicing.
Voicebot has about a dozen female and a dozen male voice synthesis options. Of these, as you can see, there are free and paid. You can evaluate the quality and the difference by listening to samples. For 1 rub you can voice up to 20 thousand characters, it is easy to register and it is not much harder to top up your balance.
In general, the service copes well with its task. It can be used to read audiobooks with English voices, large volumes of text, even in commercials on the Web.
Yandex.Translator has all the functionality provided by Google: adding audio files to the "Favorites" section, speech generator, translation from hundreds of world languages and a virtual keyboard. In order to use all of the features provided, authorization in Yandex.Mail is required, and there are no paid services.
The only point that distinguishes Yandex.Translator from Google Translate for the better - the number of characters available for dubbing in the domestic analogue is twice as much and reaches 10000 characters.
There are about 10 voices on the main page, male and female, but in total, according to the creators of the synthesizer, there are about 500 voices. They are probably available in the paid version of the "talker". It is possible to pay for the text-to-voice conversion with tokens.
On a paid basis API-interface is also available, the developers can use it for the voiceover of the texts on other services.
All in all, it's not a bad speech synthesizer for common users and developers with the ability to save audio files. We advise you to take a look at its free version first.
Other important features of Unitools are
- you can save the result of your voices in wav and mp3 formats.
- the voice pitch and speed can be changed.
- creating dialogs with several bots.
- change of intonation, accents (this is not available in other speech synthesizers).
Balabolka is a desktop program that uses the built-in speech synthesizer Speech API. It runs on the Windows platform (XP/7/8/10). For its work, as a rule, does not require installation of additional language or sound packages. Just download it, install it and use it. By the way, there is a portable build "Balabolka" - it does not even require installation and can be run from a flash drive.
Let's note the features of this "talker":
- Switching between Speech API 4, 5 and Microsoft Speech Platform: depending on the OS version, one or another speech synthesizer can be used.
- Adjusting the speed, pitch and volume of the sounds.
- Reading text from different sources: clipboard, document, text file downloaded through the Balabolic menu; text typed on the keyboard.
- Checking spelling, punctuation marks.
- Text fragmentation, file comparison.
- Using as a program for dubbing books. Supports various formats of e-books and documents: AZW, CHM, DjVu, DOC, DOCX, EPUB, FB2 and others.
- Convert text to audio (formats - WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG and WMA) and vice versa.
In general, "Balabolka" - an excellent and also free program that gives a head start on online services. It has no annoying advertising, and the interface is very clear and familiar to the more or less aware Windows-user.
One of the most famous talkers, the web utility Acapela has a small number of settings and yet a huge amount of functionality. The site is written completely in English, but the user-friendly interface makes the use of the service intuitively simple. Text dubbing is supported in 35 languages and dialects, with each retaining a characteristic accent.
Up to 18 different tones are available for some languages, making this speech synthesizer unique. This variety is useful if you want the typed text to sound emotionally or to be spoken by the right actor.
Unfortunately, only one voice is available for the English language, so the variety of tones will only be useful for those who learn a foreign language.
The basic functionality of the program is completely free, but in order to download the developer's package, which allows you to download and work with the voiced texts, you will have to pay a considerable sum of 1500 euros. This option will only be useful for advanced users who develop audio tracks for commercial purposes.
The limit on the length of the input text in Acapela is 300 characters. It is twice as much as ISpeech's, but much less than Google Translate's. The web service runs smoothly, and each text is voiced as if by a real person - this is the advantage of Acapela over utilities where artificial voices remind of cold mechanical robots.
Speech synthesizer with minimalistic interface Text-To-Speech will allow you to voice fragments up to 1000 characters long in one of 15 languages, not counting dialects. You just need to enter your own text and click the "Say It" button. The program will automatically detect the language in which the words are typed and will translate the text into your voice.
The program allows you to switch between seven speed modes, also in a small window you can enable the virtual keyboard and edit the font size. As a result, the user will be given an audio file with the voice of the entered phrases in the selected timbre and speed. You can listen to the voice synthesizer immediately, online. There is no option to download the track, nor are there any paid services.
From Text To Speech
The record holder for the length of text available for voice-over is the online "talker" From Text To Speech, which is capable of handling up to 50,000 characters. This is more than any other similar service with extensive functionality.
In the service, you can enter text and choose one of 8 languages, speed (4 modes available) and voice dubbing. For the English language is available only one, female voice generator, for English - five, both female and male. Of the disadvantages, you can highlight the fact that the conversion of the text in the audio file requires a fairly large amount of time - for the processing of one word takes up to 10 seconds. However, as a result, you can download the track to your own PC absolutely free of charge. This is another great advantage of the service over its competitors, where you will have to pay for this function.
The program ISpeech stands in the list of the first worthy of attention for a reason. Its minimalistic interface allows you to deal with the service as quickly as possible. You only need to enter text, select a language and click on the voice button - the text playback will work through the speakers. You can also switch between the male and female versions of the voice text, as well as select the speed of reading sentences. Three modes are available: slow, medium and fast.
Owners of a paid subscription have the opportunity to download the audio part to your PC. The cheapest one will cost $50. However, all other more pressing functions are absolutely free, including support for 30 languages. Therefore ISpeech will be ideal for learning a foreign language and memorizing phonetics.
Perhaps the most significant disadvantage of the speech synthesizer is the tangible limitation on the number of characters - you can read a text up to 150 characters long.
Frequently Asked Questions
Looking for a service where you can choose a few options with female voiceover text. Suggest something.
Of the good options available - Assistant "Alice". The text is played with intonation, but, unfortunately, you can not select the options for pronunciation, timbre. In this case, it is better to use the service ozvuchtext.ru, where you can switch the voice tracks.
Why in Google Translate voice pronunciation of the text with intonation (as though the text is pronounced by a robot) is not available.
This service is designed, first of all, for the translation of texts in English and a hundred other languages. Using it for voice-over is not the best option. Intonation is supported by the vast majority of TTS-services, which have a good synthesizer. Try Balabolic or Acapela (the second option is paid).
Advise not an Internet service, but a program for Windows (preferably free), so that you can voice text from a book, for example.
Balabolka works on the Windows platform, starting with XP and ending with Windows 10. It is completely free. The choice of English language engines is small, but additional ones can be downloaded from the Web (see help). You can download large text into it, including txt or fb2 format.
Do I have to pay online services for the dubbing of texts?
Paid functions are contained in the services Acapela and Textvrech. They require a subscription or piece-rate payment for the translated text volume. The other applications and services mentioned in the text are free to use.
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