50 TTS Voices Have Been Added To Twilio’s Platform By Amazon Polly

By Mayor James On 11 Aug, 2018 At 10:54 AM | Categorized As Apps & Softwares | With 0 Comment

Twilio’s communications platform has added over 50 Text-To-Speech (TTS) voices thanks to Amazon’s deep learning-based Polly service.

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Amazon Polly offers lifelike synthesized speech across various languages.

“You can select the ideal voice and build speech-enabled applications that work in many different countries,” says Amazon on Polly’s page.

Twilio is a cloud-based platform which aims to make it easy for developers to build applications with SMS, voice, and messaging capabilities with global scalability.

It’s easy to see why the two are natural partners.

Prior to today, Twilio only supported three voices and a limited set of languages. Amazon Polly vastly improves the company’s solution while enabling deeper levels of customization.

Developers can now manually control the volume, pitch, rate, and pronunciation of the voices that interact with their users. This is controlled using the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) standard.

As an example, within the <Say> element, the SSML tag <prosody> can be used to control the speed of the speech.

For existing Twilio developers, the default TTS provider can be switched from ‘Basic’ to ‘Amazon Polly’ in Twilio Console. Unless specified otherwise in your TwiML code, the default voice and locale selected here will apply.

The language and voice attributes can be used where non-defaults are to be used. For example, to use Amazon Polly’s “Emma” voice in UK English, you would use the following TwiML: <Say voice=”Polly.Emma” language=”en-GB”>Thanks for calling!</Say>

Overall, the integration of Amazon Polly should offer a more natural TTS experience for users of apps which make use of Twilio’s popular communications platform.

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