If you've been looking for the best text-to-speech converter, welcome to my Speechelo review. There may be many different occasions where you want to convert text to speech, but if you find typing easier and quicker than recording your own voice, a software like this will come in extremely handy for sure. The question is, will the finished work be actually usable? In other words, will the voice be natural enough, not too robotic? Speechelo is one of the best I've seen.
BlasterSuite (Vlad and Stoica)
What Is Speechelo?
Speechelo is a text to speech converter software that provides AI-based, natural human voice in various accents and languages. You can copy and paste any text content in the box, and it will read it out with the voice of your choice, literally within 10 seconds. You can either let the AI engine decide how it reads automatically, or customize the voice tones (e.g. normal tone, serious tone, or joyful tone), speed, and pitch. You can add breathing and/or a pause between two words at a click of a button. The standard version takes up to 700 words per voiceover. (Pro version up to 2,800 words)
When you're happy with the work, you can download it in mp3 format. So you can turn your text file into an audio file as quickly as 10 seconds, but you can edit it as many times as you wish until you're totally happy with it.
Speechelo is a cloud-based software and therefore allowing you to access from any device including smartphones, without having to install anything.
Who Is Speechelo For?
Everyone has a different purpose of turning text into speech. You may already have a text document and simply wish to upload it on YouTube as an audio file but you may not;
- have time to record it,
- have a good microphone or recording equipment, or
- be in the right environment (noisy room, for example.)
Speechelo is also great for people who have a speech problem like me. I've been advised a thousand times that YouTube marketing is essential and I'd have to nail it at some point. "Keep practicing and get used to speaking in front of the camera." "YouTube marketing is a necessity." "It's a requirement"... What about people who stutter? We would spend a day struggling to record 2-minute audio. Speechelo is a great time-saver for us or anyone who's not confident with their own voice.
The Creators - "BlasterSuite"
Speechelo was developed by two Romanian guys, Stoica and Vlad, the founders of BlasterSuite. They started their career as internet marketers while developing games at the college. In the past 10 years, they have released 14 software, including Video Marketing Blaster, Live Event Blaster, and Lingo Blaster. Speechelo is their latest addition to the "Suite". They say that the fact that they're not native English speakers inspired themselves to develop this software.
When you first log in, you'll be advised to watch a training video (6-minute long) but it's actually self-explanatory and dead straightforward. You may want to take time to complete a voice file especially for the first time, because many voice types are available, and you may also want to play around with the control features and change the tone of the voice, speed, emphasize some words, or phrases.
Here are the simple steps to take;
- Copy the text you want to convert to text, and paste it in the box.
- Choose the language from the drop-down menu and also the type of voice you want to use (female, male, kid, etc.)
- Choose the "Engine" type - Standard (manual) or AI voice (automatic - see below).
- Preview VoiceOver.
- Generate VoiceOver - the generated voice file will be saved in your library.
- Play the finished audio file.
- If you are happy with it, download it. If you are not, you can delete it or copy it and start again.
Standard Engine or AI Voice Engine?
If you choose the "Standard" option, you will have more control over every word or sentence. For example, add breathing or a pause in between words and also emphasize particular words by highlighting them and click "Emphasize words".
Whereas with the AI Voice option, you just need to choose the tone (normal, friendly, or serious) and it will automatically read out the text accordingly. You can still adjust the speech and add pause manually after that.
I think I prefer the AI option because it's quick, and personally think it sounds good enough for me. But I still try adjusing (adding a pause) here and there. You can try both options and adjust the narration again & again until you are totally happy with it.
The standard version of Speechelo can read your text in 30+ different voices in 23 languages/accents;
- US English: 2 x male, 1 x female, 1 x kid (male)
- British English: 2 x male
- Spanish: 1 x male, 2 x female
- Mexican Spanish: 1 x female
- Spanish US: 1 x female
- French: 1 x male
- German: 1 x male, 1 x female
- Italian: 1 x male, 1 x female
- Japanese: 1 x female
- Korean: 1 x female
- Norwegian: 1 x female
- Polish: 1 x female
- Portuguese: 1 x female
- Brazilian Portuguese: 1 x female
- Romanian: 1 x female
- Arabic: 1 x female
- Mandarin: 1 x female
- Turkish: 1 x female
- Russian: 1 x male
- Icelandic: 1 x male
- Danish: 1 x male
- Swedish: 1 x female
- Dutch: 1 x female
Whereas the Pro version will let you enjoy 60 x different voices - no new languages, but more variety of voices and accents (English with Australian and Indian accents.)
The Standard version seems to have more than 30 voices though. Welsh accent is separately listed (not the Welsh language but it speaks English with the accent), which I think is quite amusing. Categorically it's just a regional accent within England, it's like "Californian English" is listed separately from American English. (Well I'm not complaining as I love Welsh accents...and people.)
I've very quickly created a video just to demonstrate how "almost perfectly" natural the Speechelo voice sounds. For this particular one, I have;
- Created a voice file on Speechelo and downloaded (in mp3).
- Generated a video with background music using a free version of Lumen5.
- Joined 1 & 2 together using iMovie (free).
Speechelo Pro Version
The Pro version can only be purchased after you get the Standard version. It will cost you $47 per quarter ($15.67 per month). It's totally optional, and I haven't got the Pro version myself. But here are the extra benefits that you can receive from it.
Benefit #1: 30 New Voices
Australian accent, Indian accent, and more British English speaking voices will be added.
Benefit #2: Longer Voiceovers
The Pro version will record up to 2,800 words per file, so you can use it to create audiobooks, webinars, podcasts, etc.
Benefit #3: Background Music
You can add background music to the voiceover file. It's equipped with 40 different genres of music - cinematic, joyful, motivational, etc.
Benefit #4: Commercial License
I'm actually not sure of this one. It does not mean you can resell Speechelo and let others use it for a fee. It means you can start a voiceover job and start making money by selling it on places like Fiverr. But the terms & conditions don't restrict Standard version users from selling the voiceover file anyway. The whole product is about helping you create marketing materials.
I guess that being able to record up to 2,800 words instead of 700 will give you a better chance of selling more gigs.
Benefit #5: Ebook "Voiceover Cash Machine"
...And from this ebook, you will learn where and how to post your gigs, finding and signing clients.
Help and Support
Personally I think because the step is so easy and the brief training video tells you all, plus you'll get "tips" throughout the dashboard, so I don't think you'll need extra support. But if you have any problem, you can send a ticket to the support desk.
60-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Speechelo is sold via ClickBank, and your purchase will be covered under its guarantee period. If you're not happy, you can ask for a refund within 60 days of purchase.
Speechelo Pros and Cons
Speechelo Review - Conclusion:
I have tried a few other text-to-speech converters and reviewed them in the past, but I think Speechelo is one of the best. It provides good natural voices and you can take good control over each sentence. You can quickly download it, and also edit it at a later date if you feel you need to. With all the future upgrades included in the price, I think Speechelo is worth spending $47 for.