Funny Things to Do With Text-to-Speech Properties

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Text-to-speech programs allow you to turn a selection of text into a computer-spoken piece of audio. These programs offer specific the speech properties of volume, pitch and speed. The properties change, the voice sounds different. To create a funny effect with a text-to-speech program, alter the speech properties to match the text in a unique way.

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Voices

Most text-to-speech programs and websites offer several voices. Each voice contains its own speech, speed and gender. To create a funny effect by changing only voices, swap the normal gender of a voice. Use a very deep, male voice for text dealing with make-up, wedding dresses, cute boys or dolls. Use a female voice for text dealing with romancing ladies, football, beer or discussions of male anatomy.

Speed

Most text-to-speech programs offer the ability to increase or decrease the speed of a voice. When the speed slows, voices seem deeper and halted, as if the person speaking is tired, confused or under the influence of drugs. When the speed increases, voices seem higher, as if the person is rushed, anxious or extremely caffeinated. To adjust the speed of a voice, drag the slider away from "Normal" or "Average" and toward "Slow" or "Fast."

Pitch

Many text-to-speech programs offer advanced settings. One of these settings controls pitch, offering the capability to increase or decrease the pitch of a voice. When you lower the pitch, the voice seems deeper and more soulful. Many people associate deep voices with powerful men. Create a funny association by using a deep voice on stereotypical text or text that creates the character of a scrawny nerd. To create a funny association with a high pitched voice, combine a high pitched voice with stereotypical male text or text dealing with strength. Many people find high pitched voices funny no matter the context.

Volume

Typically, text-to-speed editors force you to keep the volume of a voice consistent. However, you can lower and raise the volume using a video or audio-editor. To create a humorous effect, randomly raise and lower the volume. Alternatively, raise the volume when the speech consists of irrelevant ramblings and lower the volume when the speech consists of important data. Other possibilities include lowering the volume during a specific word or raising the volume when the voice speaks a name.

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