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Synthetic Voices Demanded Of New Actors
Are you an actor new to Hollywood. Well, in these modern times you can skip the casting couch and spend ten minutes to an hour reading into a computer.
...users may record their own voice using a script provided by the company. Once they have recorded a certain amount of audio, sometimes stretching from 10 to 60 minutes, the company will create a replica of the user’s voice. The user can then write any arbitrary text, and the system will read it out loud with the synthetic version of their voice...
Fryda Wolff, a voice actor who has appeared in games such as Apex Legends, told Motherboard “game developers, animation studios, and perhaps even commercial clients could get away with squeezing more performances out of me through feeding my voice to AI, using these generated performances, and then never compensating me for use of my ‘likeness’, never mind informing my agency that this was done.”
SF author Thorton Ayre describes a synthetic voice in his 1940 yarn The Amazon Fights Again, published by Fantastic Adventures in 1940; this is the earliest use of this expression that I know about.
Ken switched on the space radio. "May as well see how the Chief is progressing." Fifteen minutes passed before a news bulletin was broadcast. The tape-recorded synthetic voice spoke with its usual dispassionate calm.
"The arson outbreak continues, on a larger scale than ever."
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