TikTok is one of the most popular social media platforms, and voice generators are highly responsible for its popularity. Here’s how you can use them too.
It seems that TikTok has found the perfect formula for online longevity. With its short-format videos favoring snappy, easily replicable, and endlessly reusable content, it’s managed to grab and hold the attention of not only the youngest members in the audience it’s often associated with but people of all ages and walks of life.
What’s truly remarkable about TikTok, though, is that it’s managed to make text-to-speech voices and voice-overs a staple of social media content creation. Thanks to TikTok Voice (i.e., its text to speech feature), this video platform can quickly provide the user with additional functionality and accessibility since it allows them to hear what’s on the screen.
Today, we’re focusing on TikTok’s text to speech features and learning how to create an original sound that’ll transform your TikTok videos.
Text to speech technology
Text to speech (TTS) tech has been around for quite some time, so you must’ve come in contact with it, perhaps even without realizing it. Have you seen Mandalorian? When they revealed Luke Skywalker, they made use of voice-cloning in that one. They also used a primitive version of TTS in 2001: A Space Odyssey to give HAL a unique voice.
In short, TTS tech is all about machine and deep learning that allows the program to read and convert text into audio files. Similar kinds of algorithms are used to analyze and then reproduce existing and create new voices, too.
So, the text-to-speech voice on TikTok that you like hearing is actually an AI voice produced by an underlying speech synthesis algorithm that you can’t really meddle with. But, even if you can’t mess about with it as you would with some open-source voice-changer or TTS tool, it’s still sufficient for quick video editing and TikTok voice-over work, and its popularity corroborates that.
How to use TikTok’s voice generator
TikTok’s voice generator is not only cool but simple to use, too, and anyone can do it. Assuming you’ve got the latest version of the app installed and assuming everything is working as it should, you just have to:
- Record a new video: Obviously, you can’t generate any voices without a video to work with. Make sure you’ve prepared your little script and figured out how to make it fit the duration of the video, or you’ll end up with a choppy, unsynced video.
- Add the text: Once you’ve recorded the video and gone to the editing stage, click on the Text button (it’s labeled Aa) and enter the text you would like to see and hear.
- Select the voice: Once you’ve added the text, select the toolbar with AI voice options at the bottom of the screen. Then, choose one of the AI voices the TikTok app comes with. When you’ve chosen a voice, simply tap Done, and you’ve got your video set up.
Adding voice effects/filters
Adding some TTS voices is one thing, but customizing them with effects and filters is something entirely different. Giving your videos a personal touch will make sure your content is engaging and unique, resulting in more clout and way more followers.
When editing your videos, make sure you tap on the Voice Effects option in the top right corner. That will lead you to a customization window where you can choose whatever transition effect or filter you’d like to use.
The pre-installed effects are not as numerous as some users would like, but Chipmunk voices, echos, megaphone effects, and similar gimmicks are enough for most folks who don’t want to rely on third-party editing apps.
If you want to take your content creation to a whole new level and challenge yourself creatively, you can always do some voice-overs and create your own voice in third-party apps. We recommend Speechify.
Speechify is a TTS solution you can download on your phone from the app store (Android and iOS) or use directly in the browser to come up with unique voices for your TikTok videos. The app supports dozens of languages, and it’s got plenty of customizable settings that will let your creativity shine through your videos.
You can use Speechify for way more than TikTok, though. It’s most famous for its fantastic integration features, so you can import book files from Audible and have them narrated to you by one of the lifelike AI voices the app comes with. Additionally, you can use it to scan physical copies of books as well as images and convert them into audio files, which can be great if you’re looking to turn printed pages into voice-overs for your new TikTok project.
Try Speechify at: https://onboarding.speechify.com/.
What are the voices on TikTok?
There are plenty of pre-installed voices on TikTok, but the number of potential voices you can use is endless if you rely on third-party solutions to create your own voices. With Speechify, you won’t have to rely on Robot, Baritone, Shake, and other pre-installed voices, and you’ll be able to use even your own voice for your next video.
What is the purpose of the TikTok voice?
The purpose of the TikTok voice is to add more flavor to your videos and make them more accessible and enjoyable. If you go the extra mile to make your content more colorful and unique, you will gain more followers than ever before.
What is the difference between the TikTok voice and text to speech?
TikTok voice is a pre-installed voice-over feature that comes with TikTok. Text-to-speech is an umbrella term for artificial voice synthesis meant to replicate natural human speech and help you interact with the written word by allowing you to listen to it instead of reading. TTS tools like Speechify are sophisticated and allow you to choose between male and female voices, edit all sorts of pronunciation quirks, set the speech tempo, use different languages, etc.