Val Kilmer may have lost his speaking voice due to throat cancer treatment, but thanks to Sonantic, AI was able to help recreate it. The company started by gathering audio recordings of the actor before carefully removing background noise without destroying the speech content. Next, transcripts were generated from the clips and then audio as well as text was paired together in small chunks.
The Voice Engine then began training the model with the resulting data. However, the Voice Engine needed more data to generate an accurate voice. So, Sonantic ended up generating over 40 different voice models and selected the best, highest-quality, most expressive one. You’re still able to tweak the custom voice model after it’s produced using Sonantic’s desktop application. This enables users to input text and then fine-tune the performance, adjusting a range of key parameters.
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I spent nine years helping children with autism learn how to use their voice as a better instrument for communication. The project with Val demonstrated again how empowering it can be when people overcome challenges with speaking,” said Zeena Qureshi, Sonantic Co-founder and CEO.