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ElevenLabs' AI: Your voice in 30 languages

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

ElevenLabs' AI voice generator supports 30 languages, aiding video game creators and audiobook authors.

Ever wished you could articulate the benefits of every property in multiple languages?

Well, ElevenLabs' AI voice generator is here to make that wish come true. The internet's favourite company for creating audio deepfakes has now added the ability to clone your voice and make it speak in a variety of languages.

The company announced that its voice cloning service now supports 22 additional languages, including Ukrainian, Korean, Swedish, Arabic, and more. The new Multilingual v2 model can produce "emotionally rich" audio in a total of 30 languages. Users can now make their generated voices speak in Greek, Malay, or Turkish, among others. All you need to do is type the text in its actual language to hear the translated voice.

The ElevenLabs platform, which was launched last year, faced controversy due to misuse by users to impersonate celebrities and spread hate speech. However, the company has since integrated new measures to ensure users can only clone their own voices. Users now need to verify their speech with a text captcha prompt which is then compared to the original voice sample.

With the new language capabilities, ElevenLabs is now focusing on making its AI voice cloning tech available to media companies. The company promotes its voice cloning tech as a way for companies to create audiobooks, videos, and even voice NPCs in video games. It claims to have struck a deal with Paradox Interactive, the publisher behind games like the Hearts of Iron series and the upcoming The Lamplighters League.

However, the use of AI voices has raised concerns among voice actors who fear that the tech is being used to undercut their work. Despite these concerns, ElevenLabs believes that AI voices can save publishing companies both time and money in creating audiobooks. The company claims that it used to take agencies "weeks" to produce a single audiobook, but with AI, that's shortened to mere hours.

While AI voices may pose a challenge for voice actors, they could be a boon for independent writers due to their cost-effectiveness. The future of AI voices in the publishing industry is still uncertain, but one thing is clear - ElevenLabs' AI voice generator is pushing the boundaries of what's possible with voice technology.

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