In this video, Paul Murphy shows how to create computer-generated speech in Adobe Audition.
- [Instructor] 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 artist. 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 up the top and select Effects, Generate Speech.
And I get prompted to create a new audio file. So I'm going to name this TempVideo. The separator's 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 up 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 the bottom here and have a listen. - [Samantha] For more information, visit project relo dot com. - [Instructor] 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 play around with the 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 up 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. - [Male Voice] Think relo chair. - [Samantha] For more information, visit project relo dot com. - [Instructor] 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 not really too concerned about that. I'll just click OK. And it's still got all these 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. - [Samantha] To find out more, visit project relo dot com. - [Instructor] 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. - [Male Voice] Relo chair. - [Samantha] To find out more, visit project relo dot com. - [Instructor] 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.
- Customizing a workspace
- Importing a Premiere Project
- Removing unwanted sounds
- Importing audio and video files
- Reviewing audio terminology
- Working with the Waveform Editor
- Cleaning and repairing audio
- Creating a multitrack session
- Recording audio
- Using the Essential Sound panel
- Working with effects
- Exporting a session to OMF and XML
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 05/04/2018. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: importing video files and what's new in Audition CC 2018. In addition, new videos were added that cover importing a sequence in Audition and using the tracks panel.