Let’s imagine a scenario where you want to start a YouTube channel but don’t want to use your voice or show your face. You could hire a voice actor, but that would be expensive and you’re not sure if your channel will take off. This is where WellSaid Labs comes in.
Welcome to my WellSaid Labs review. I have been using this text to speech software for a little over a year now and I have to say, it is arguably the best AI TTS software I have used until now.
For those of you who don’t know, WellSaid Labs is an AI based text-to-speech platform that uses the power of artificial intelligence to create realistic-sounding voices from the given text.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming the way we interact with and understand the world around us. As AI continues to progress, the impact of technology will only grow.
One area of AI that has expanded exponentially in recent years is voice recognition and speech synthesis. And WellSaid Labs is one such product that uses AI to effectively turn text into voice in seconds.
What I love about this platform is that it offers a wide range of options when it comes to choosing a voice. There are over 50 different AI voices to choose from, which is more than enough for most people.
But what’s even more impressive is the quality of the voices.
Let’s jump right into this WellSaid Labs review and find out everything there is to know about this Text To Speech software.
What is AI text-to-speech?
AI text-to-speech is a technology that allows computers to convert text into natural-sounding speech.
While the term “AI” here, might conjure images of Hollywood robots, the reality is that AI text-to-speech is already being used in a variety of applications, from navigation systems to digital assistants.
The key advantage of AI text-to-speech is its ability to mimic human voice patterns, making it more natural and easier to understand than traditional text-to-speech systems.
In addition, AI text-to-speech can be customized to fit the needs of specific users, making it an increasingly useful tool for both businesses and consumers.
As technology continues to evolve, it’s likely that AI text-to-speech will become an even more integral part of our lives.
How Does Text to Speech AI Technology Work?
Anyone who has ever used a virtual assistant like Siri or Alexa has likely experienced the text-to-speech capabilities of AI technology.
But how does this magic happen?
In short, it all comes down to algorithms.
Computers analyze a piece of text and break it down into individual sounds, which are then combined to create synthesized speech.
First, the text is analyzed to determine which words are to be read aloud and in what order. Next, the computer assigns phonemes, or units of sound, to each word. Finally, the computer synthesizes the phonemes into speech using various algorithms.
While TTS technology has come a long way in recent years, it still has some limitations. For example, TTS systems often have difficulty with proper names and uncommon words.
However, as the TTS technology advances, I am sure these shortcomings will become very minimal.
What’s Inside WellSaid Labs Dashboard?
Now let me log inside my WellSaid Labs account and show you what the dashboard looks like and what options are available.
This is the inside of the dashboard. I think it is a very simple interface.
You can access all the different sections from the left side panel.
First, there is the ‘projects’ section. From here you can access all your existing projects or create new ones.
Then there is the ‘studio’ section which I will talk about in more detail later.
Next, there is the pronunciation section.
Using this feature, you can make the AI voices say things the exact way you need.
What it means is that you can write a word exactly how you like the AI to spell it, without bothering about the right spelling. And the AI will say it just the way you want.
For example, if you want the AI voice to pronounce a name in a specific way, you can just add the phonetic spelling of the word in this section and then ADD it to the library of words.
Next, there are the tutorial and billing sections.
An interesting thing about these tutorials inside WellSaid Labs is that all these videos have been created using the software itself.
Now let’s take a look at the studio section.
This is where all the magic happens.
Now, if I want to create a professional voice-over using the text I have, all I need to do is type or paste my script into the given text box, choose a voice, and then click on the ‘Create’ button.
It’s really that simple.
I can also easily add emphasis to the text by using quotation marks.
Similarly, I can add pauses by using commas. There is a whole tutorial section inside WellSaid labs that shows you how to add pauses, how to make the AI say numbers, and so on.
Rendering the Voice Over
Now, there are 3 ways to render your audio from text. Single take, render by paragraph, or render by sentence.
I personally prefer ‘single take’ as it allows me to use minimal clips. Each file you render is called a ‘clip’ inside WellSaid labs.
So, for example, if you have a 5 paragraph script, and you use the single-take option, you will end up with 1 audio file and will only use one clip. By the way, you can use up to 1000 characters for the single-take option.
If you choose to render by paragraph, you will get 1 audio file for each paragraph in your script. So, if your script has 5 paragraphs, you will end up with 5 audio files. So you would have used 5 clips.
Similarly, if you render by sentence, if you have a 20-sentence script, you will have 20 audio files, and therefore would have used 20 clips.
I am talking about clips here because each plan comes with a certain number of clips that you can use every month.
If you exceed your monthly quota, you will have to upgrade your plan.
I will talk about plans and pricing at the end of this article.
WellSaid Labs Voices Overview
Now let’s look at the voices.
As I said, there are over 50 voices to choose from.
There are both male and female voices. At present WellSaid labs supports only the English language in different accents. You have the US, UK, Australian, and a few other English accents available. Other languages are not supported at the moment.
The quality of the voices is really good. I have tried most of them and they all sound very natural.
I have recorded a few samples for you so that you can hear for yourself how natural the voices sound.
Watch the video below to hear the different voices inside WellSaid Labs.
As you can see, the quality of the voices is really good.
To be honest, I was quite surprised by how good they sounded when I heard them the very first time, a couple of years back.
How did you like the voices?
Aren’t they excellent?
By the way, if you don’t like what you hear, you can always delete that clip, edit the text and re-record it. Or you can record it with another voice.
The clips you deleted will not be counted towards your monthly quota. So you can experiment as much as you want till you get it right.
But please remember that if you download a clip and then delete it, that clip will count towards your monthly quota. So only download the clips that you are sure about.
Once you are happy with the voice-over, you can download it in mp3 format. Downloads in WAV and OGG formats are available in only the Producer plan and the higher plans.
WellSaid Labs Pricing and Plans
That brings us to plans and pricing.
The most basic plan is the ‘Maker’ plan which costs $49 per month if you pay monthly. With this plan, you get access to 4 AI voices. Yes, you don’t have access to all the voices in this plan.
You only get access to 2 male and 2 female voices. And you can’t choose these voices. You get what you get.
Also, you can create 5 projects and get 250 clips or downloads per month.
The next plan is the ‘Creative’ plan which costs $99 per month, with the monthly billing cycle. In this plan, you get access to all the AI voices.
You also get 750 downloads per month. With this plan, you have access to 53 voice-over avatars inside WellSaid labs. And you can create 50 projects.
The next plan is the ‘Producer’ plan which costs 199 dollars per month. You get all the features inside the ‘Creative’ plan plus 2500 downloads per month with this plan. You can create unlimited projects with this plan.
And finally, you have the ‘Team’ plan which comes with custom pricing.
All of these plans come with unlimited retakes and commercial usage rights.
WellSaid Labs Free Trial
By the way, you can also sign up for a 7-day free trial where you get to try all the
53 Voice Avatars inside WellSaid Labs.
One thing to remember though is that you will not be able to download any of your files in the trial period. You will only be able to save them inside your WellSaid labs account.
If you want to download your files, you will have to upgrade to a paid plan.
WellSaid Labs Review Verdict
So that brings us to the end of this WellSaid Labs review.
I hope you found this review helpful and informative.
As I said, I have been using WellSaid labs for my own video creation needs for a couple of years now and I absolutely love it.
It’s an excellent tool that can save you a lot of time and money, especially if you are planning to create a lot of videos and are planning to outsource your voice-over needs.
The only downside is that it’s not cheap. But then again, you get what you pay for. And in this case, you are paying for quality.
So if you are looking for an AI text to speech voice over tool, I highly recommend WellSaid Labs.
Go ahead and give WellSaid labs a try. I have given the free trial link above.