If you're interested in joining the Replica marketplace of AI voice actors, please send us your details for consideration.
AI Voice Actors by Replica Studios
Replica has created a tool for game developers, animators, and creatives to generate realistic-sounding speech via a TTS (Text-to-Speech) interface. Made possible by combining a voice actor's voice and powerful artificial intelligence, the AI learns how to speak by listening to the voice actor's style, pacing, and emotion.
We are looking for experienced voice actors to create Replica Voices to be featured on our platform. Each Replica Voice needs to be trained for a specific role.
It's common for voice actors to have more than five or so voices in their repertoire. Each of these voices, or characters, can become a Replica Voice on our platform.
For example, a voice actor could train a Replica Voice in the style of a super hero. The same voice actor could train another Replica Voice that's great for narrating a story.
You may have heard of the voice actor behind the voice of Siri. She trained Apple's AI voice by recording 50 hours of her voice. Like Apple, we also require voice data; however, unlike Apple, we only need two hours of voice data to train a realistic-sounding AI voice.
We're creating a range of AI voices for use in all kinds of projects, and we're looking for professional voice actors to help.
These AI voices will be featured in a marketplace. Similar to other marketplaces like Voice123 or Fiverr, the Replica Voice marketplace will allow actors to receive payment passively each time someone uses a Replica Voice of theirs.
We are excited to allow voice actors to create their AI-powered voices and take advantage of this new technology to perform jobs not possible by a human voice actor.
Frequently asked questions by voice actors
How can voice actors benefit from creating Replica Voices?
We have found that creatives from many different industries are looking for a more cost-effective and efficient way to add voice performances to their projects. These projects range from indie games and animation to software products and also narration for audiobooks.
Since releasing Replica free in early access to the public in 2020, we have received a lot of great feedback and insights and have had many customers requesting the ability to pay for more speech credit. This feedback confirms that buyers are looking and willing to pay for unique AI voices to use in their projects.
In the not so different future, we believe voice actors will be paid to create AI voices, rather than spend long hours in the recording booth.
Imagine being paid each time your Replica Voice (which only took a couple of hours to create) was used by one of our customers. Now imagine if you have 10 Replica Voices on our platform.
One of the most common requests we get is more diverse voices which is why we are looking for more voice actors to help us create the next wave of Replica Voices.
Replica is currently in early access, and you can try our product out by signing up at replicastudios.com
Will AI voices put me out of business?
No. The quality of AI voices is still a far cry from being 100% realistic. Even when the speech patterns and the tone of AI voices become indistinguishable from a real human voice, there are still the challenge of directing an AI voice actor. Human intelligence can interpret creative direction far easier than AI, indicating that AI voices for the foreseeable future will not replace professional voice actors. AI voice is a very new concept and niche enough to not worry about such a thing.
However, like the book and video stores, we do feel that it is only a matter of time before the industry shifts. One day voice actors may no longer be paid to perform for one specific role but rather a particular archetype (hero, sage, innocent etc.) that may be used in many stories instead of only one. Their AI voice could allow them to take on more jobs than they could previously.
But currently, AI voices are best suited to performing roles not possible by human voice actors. For example, dynamic voice lines in computer games or Siri like voice assistance.
For the foreseeable future, we will need voice actors to create and enhance our AI voices which means there's potential for more voice recordings in the future if their voice is popular.
Do we own your voice forever?
You will always own your voice. The Replica Voices you create is a version of one of your performance styles. For example a hard sell advertising performance, or a soft children's book narration performance. We've added more information about the contract here.
Who will be using my Replica Voice?
So far, most demand has come from industries or products who don't work with traditional voice actors (think Siri on iPhone, dynamic voice advertising, dynamic games, etc).
We also have interest from game development studios who are looking for placeholder audio while they develop their games. They'll bring in voice actors once they have finalised the script.
How is the Replica marketplace different?
A traditional VA marketplace works like:
Client has a job → pays voice actor for a performance
The new marketplace model we're working on is:
Client has a job > pays voice actor to use their Replica Voice
Can I control how the Replica Voices I create are used?
How long does it take to create a Replica Voice?
The AI needs a minimum of 2 hours of 'finished audio' to be properly trained. This may take several hours recording and editing.
We'll provide you with a guide that contains the character brief, scripts, and instructions to help you get it right the first time. We'll then use the audio you record, to train the AI to speak like you. Training can be done in parts, to add additional styles and emotions to the Replica Voice. On average, it can take one week from the beginning of the process to having your Replica Voice listed on the marketplace.
Is the quality of a Replica Voice as good as a real voice?
Replica Voices suffer from lower quality, pronunciation issues, and limits to how expressive they can be when compared to a real voice. Currently, all Replica Voices have a max limit of 16bit 22050Hz. With EQ and post-processing, some of the defects can be masked. Some voice actors (like Hank Azaria from The Simpsons) can perform several ‘character impressions’, but a Replica Voice only ‘sounds like’ one character at a time. Voice actors can create several Replica Voices, each with an individual character from your repertoire of impressions.
Will my Replica Voice replace my regular work?
The ways in which Replica voices are used, are different to how you work in studios and recording booths. We think Replica Voices will create new revenue streams for voice talent and co-exist alongside your regular work. As technology improves over the next decades, we imagine voice actors will be paid to create character voices, rather than physical hours in the recording booth.
What can my Replica Voice do that my physical voice cannot?
Your Replica Voice can work at any time of the day and work multiple jobs at the same time. Your Replica Voice can work for long periods of time without breaks, or on-demand to fit the schedules of creatives while still earning a set hourly rate (no commute and coffee expense!). Your Replica Voice can do the kinds of jobs your physical voice can never do (eg : dynamic advertising, chatbots, voice assistants).
Can my Replica Voice be stolen?
Your Replica Voice is stored securely on our servers - think of it as “voice data” composed of ones and zeroes. Even if someone were to steal your “voice data” it is not possible to use it for anything, since that is just one tiny component that needs to work with several other complex AI algorithms owned and operated by Replica. Replica will do its utmost to protect your Replica Voices and your data. You can choose to permanently delete all your Replica Voices at any time.
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in being a part of, please send us your details for consideration.