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Sick of Alexa's voice? Amazon now allows skills to use different voices

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Developers may want to use the preview to give different voices to characters in games and stories, for example. If your skill uses only a single voice today, changing the voice or adding different voices in the right places may allow you to provide an even more engaging experience.

Makers of Amazon Alexa skills are to get access to eight new voices to beef up their apps. Before this, developers were only able to add voices to their skills by uploading an MP3 file or by creating a custom audio track, which was quite painstaking.

Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a natural human voice, according to the post.

"Using Amazon Polly, you can choose a different voice for any utterance by using the Structured Speech Markup Language (SSML) and specifying an Amazon Polly voice using the "voice name" tag", the post stated.

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The feature now only allows developers to select from eight U.S. English voices, which means it could be some time before multi-voice Alexa Skills make their way to Canada. The accessibility of Amazon Polly will help them avoid this trouble.

Amazon now has a number of different voices with different dialects and accents developers can now bundle into their skills, according to the company's website.

The new voices, both male and female, are only available in US English.

The bank used the Alexa Skills Kit to create the services.

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