Basic voices guide

Modified on Thu, 17 Nov 2022 at 06:25 AM

Currently, there are more than 65 languages available in Elai with more than 300 various voices and accents. This is our basic package, available for all types of subscription (Trial, Basic, Advanced and Corporate plans). 

If you are wondering how to make the pronunciation sound just right, you can check the tips below:

Basic tips

1. Use the Play button

When you type in your text, you can click the "Play" button and listen to how the audio sounds. This will help you detect if there are any mispronunciations.

2. Check the spelling

We all make typos, so make sure to double-check your spelling to get the correct pronunciation. Adding the necessary commas, hyphens, and question marks can be the key to making the AI voice sound the way you want it to.

3. One language at a time

Try not to mix languages on one slide. If you want to use multiple languages, it is better to have a different slide for a different language.

To make it just right:

1. You can insert a pause

If you need to insert a pause in the audio, use the right mouse button where you need it. A pop-up menu appears so you can Cut, Copy and Paste the text, add Variables or put a Pause automatically. Premium voices support SSML tags as well.

For example, if you need a one-second pause in the text, this is how your script should look: Hello everyone! <break time="1s" /> This is my first video.

2. Adjust the pronunciation

If you feel like a word is not pronounced correctly, you can put a hyphen in this word to help the AI. For example, writing "lap-top" instead of "laptop".You can also use the Prosody SSML tag which allows you to change how a specific word or sentence will sound. You can change rate, volume, pitch, contour, and range.

3. Emphasize words

You can emphasize words by wrapping them into pitch tag with decreased rate and short pause before the word, like this: Entrance is on the <break time="100ms"/><prosody rate="-25%">ground</prosody> level.As an option you can change Contour of the word: <prosody contour="(1%, +85%)">word</prosody>

4. Use phonemes to improve pronunciation

You can use phonetic alphabets to make any word sounds perfect. For this you can use a phoneme SSML tag, like this: <phoneme alphabet="ipa" ph="təˈmeɪtoʊ"> tomato </phoneme>. You can also use a phoneme tag to show proper wordings in the subtitles, still having the word sounds right in the speech.

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