Written byAndy Beatman, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Azure AI
Azure Neural Text to Speech (Azure Neural TTS), a powerful speech synthesis capability of Azure Cognitive Services, enables developers to convert text to lifelike speech using AI. Enterprises and agencies utilize Azure Neural TTS for video game characters, chatbots, content readers, and more. The Azure Neural TTS product team is continuously working on bringing new voice styles and emotions to the US market and beyond.
New voice styles and emotional tones
We received feedback from customers that more voice options would help them better apply Azure Neural TTS to different user scenarios. In addition, supporting voice emotions and voice styles would help deliver the most engaging experience to end-users. With that feedback, we decided to add five new neural voices in US-English, expanding from 15 to 20. This includes two female voices—Jane and Nancy—and three male voices—Davis, Jason, and Tony. We also expanded to eight emotional tones for many of our existing and new voices, including cheerful, angry, sad, excited, hopeful, friendly, unfriendly, and terrified. Finally, to improve spatial experiences, we added shouting and whispering.