In this video, Paul Murphy shows how to create computer-generated speech in Adobe Audition 2017.
- More often than not, I'm editing a project well before a professional voiceover or narration is recorded. And so I'll need a temp voiceover to help me time out my edits. And for this I often use the Generate Speech function in Audition. Now, it certainly won't replace professional voiceover artists. It's still going to sound artificial and slightly robotic. But it will save me having to record and re-record a voiceover while I settle on the script. To do this I'm just going to make sure that I have the play head parked at the point where I want to add the narration.
And I'll also make sure that I select the track that I want to send the narration to. And then I'll go up to the menu at the top and select Effects, Generate, Speech. And I get prompted to create a New Audio File. So I'm going to name this TempVO. The sample rate is fine, I'll change the channels to Mono. I don't need two channels for my voiceover. And I'll keep the Bit Depth at 32 float and then I'll click OK. And this brings us to the Generate Speech dialog box. And I can choose from some presets at the top here.
I can choose any of these here, but I might actually go in and set my own settings. I think I'll keep the language at English United States. I might change the gender to Female and we have a few options for different voices here. I think I'll go with Samantha in this case. And all these options will be dependent on what's loaded in your system. So what I have available here might not be what you're seeing in front of you right now. Down in this text box here I can type or paste the text that I want. I've already got mine loaded in the memory, so I'm just going to select all of this and press command+V to paste, control+V on a PC.
And this is the text that I want to be spoken at the end of my video. Before I commit to this I'd like to hear how Samantha sounds when she's reading this out. So I'm just going to go down to this play button down at the bottom here and have a listen. - [Electronic Voice] For more information visit projectrelo.com. - Okay, I think that sounds pretty good. There are a few other controls that I could play around with here. We could control the speaking rate so we could actually increase the words per minute if we wanted her to be speaking faster. And we can also play around with the volume here, although you could also play around with volume with the standard amplifier controls later, anyway.
I'm pretty happy with this, so I'm actually just going to click OK. And it's actually taken me all the way back to the start of my session here. I'm just going to go to my navigator and drag back to where we were just over here. And you can see there it is, it's actually placed that clip at where my play head was before. So let's have a listen to this and see how it sounds. - [Electronic Voice] For more information visit projectrelo.com. - Good, so I'm actually pretty happy with that, except that I would like to change this phrase that she's using here.
Now, in order to change that I could do that whole process that we just went through then, but there is a slightly easier way of doing it. I'm just going to open this up in the Waveform Editor by double clicking it. And here's that section that I want to change. I'm just going to click and drag over this to select it. I'll go back into my Generate Speech, Effects, Generate Speech. And I get this warning message here saying that the changes I'm about to make may actually change the layout of things in my Multitrack session. This is at the end of my session so I'm really not too concerned about that.
I'll just click OK. And it's still got all the settings that I had before. It's even still got the same phrase that I had before, but now I need to type in the new phrase that I want to go in this area here. So I'll just select all of my text, and I'll type in, to find out more. And before I click OK it's really important to make sure that I have Replace here. And Replace is going to overwrite what I have selected in my audio file. I don't want to select anything like Overlap. I don't want to do a mix between this, I want to actually replace it.
So I'll make sure that's selected and click OK. And let's have a listen to hear how that sounds. - [Electronic Voice] To find out more visit projectrelo.com. - Okay, that's sounding good and while I'm here in the Waveform editor it's probably also worthwhile me saving this file. Because if I go and look at it over in the Files panel you'll see it's got this little asterisk next to it. And that means if I was to close Audition at the moment without saving this, I'm going to lose the file. So I'm just going to select File, Save and I get prompted to save it to a location.
I might just save this to the Media folder that's in our Multitrack features exercise files. Click Save and OK. And now to get back to the Multitrack session, I just click the Multitrack button up the top. And now let's have a listen to how that voiceover sounds in the context of our edits. - [Electronic Voice] To find out more visit projectrelo.com. - So that's the Generate Speech function in Adobe Audition. It's certainly not going to put any voiceover artists out of work, but it's great to use as a guide track until you're happy with the script and ready to hire a professional voiceover.
- Fixing noisy audio from Premiere Pro
- Importing media
- Audio terminology
- Editing individual clips
- Using the Waveform Editor
- Cleaning up audio
- Repairing audio
- Combining clips with the Multitrack Editor
- Recording audio
- The Essential Sound panel
- Working with effects
- Mixing with the Multitrack Editor
- Exporting the final output
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 05/17/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that explain what's new in Audition CC 2017, how to import a Premiere project, and how to work with multichannel audio.