As I was working on a new project that required a good text-to-speech software, I decided to do some research to find the best option. With the advancement of AI, I’ve seen lots of promising solutions over the past few months, but I hadn’t had the chance to try any of them yet.
When considering a good software for my project, there were a few important factors to keep in mind. First and foremost, the voice had to sound natural, as I needed it to create voiceovers. One problem with text-to-speech software is that most voices sound flat and lack emotion. However, I was sure that there were good AI software options available by now. Secondly, I didn’t have a big budget for this project, so I was considering both paid and free services. Lastly, I was looking for a simple and easy-to-use solution.
I came across many AI-based text-to-speech software options during my research. Some were pretty good, while others were below average. I want to emphasize that this blog post is based purely on my experiences, and none of these companies paid me to write about them.
The best AI solution I found was naturalreaders.com. The voices are pretty natural and have great expressions. They offer reader, commercial, and education packages, but the commercial option was out of my budget range. I would consider using it for another project if I have a bigger budget.
Murf.ai is the second-best solution I found. The voices are pretty natural, but the tone is flat with default settings. However, with a little bit of work, the voices can sound just as good as naturalreaders.com.
Revoicer.com is another interesting solution I found, but I didn’t try it yet. The examples on their site are pretty good, but I had a bad experience before choosing a software solely based on vendor’s examples. I plan to check more reviews, independent opinions, and tutorials before making a purchase. They have a one-time flat fee, which is a good deal.
Descript.com is another comprehensive solution I found. It’s not just a text-to-speech solution, but a total solution for creators with videos, screen recording, voice recording, and many other features. As a part of their solution, they have text-to-speech software that I believe is AI-based. The special feature of this software is that you can record yourself and send it to them, and they will create an AI voice for you. This is pretty impressive.
Speechelo is another option that I considered, as they have a one-time fee for their standard solution. However, their standard plan didn’t meet my specifications, as the voices were flat and not good enough for my project. Their interface is easy to use, but I had to request a refund, which they provided in full.
In the end, I decided to stick with the reader from OneNote for Windows 10. This in-built software comes with Windows 10 and is free to use. While the voice isn’t as great as naturalreaders.com or murf.ai, it’s good enough for my project. The voice isn’t flat and it’s better than other paid solutions on the market. I decided to use it for now, and I solved the issue of not being able to download the voice track by installing Audacity, a free software that allows me to record sounds.
In conclusion, there are many great, natural-sounding AI-based software options available now, and they are really improving. The best solution I found was naturalreaders.com and murf.ai. Revoicer.com is still untested, and Speechelo’s standard version didn’t meet my specifications. For now, I’m using the free in-built software called OneNote for Windows 10, which is good enough for now.