2022 Speech Industry Award Winner: Veritone Voices All Sorts of Projects
Veritone is an artificial intelligence tech company based in Irvine, Calif. Established in 2014, it has as its centerpiece the aiWARE hyper-expansive enterprise AI platform, the foundation for its extensive voice technology lineup.
The company in late August launched the Veritone Voice Network, a multilingual custom AI voice solution that combines synthetic voice creation and AI translation services to localize podcasts.
The Veritone Voice Network is already being used by Doug Ellin, an Emmy-award-winning writer and producer and the creator of the hit HBO series, Entourage. Ellin co-hosts Victory: The Podcast with Kevin Dillon, best known for his role as Johnny “Drama” Chase in Entourage; the two use Veritone Voice Network to develop and monetize their Spanish voice models.
Another high-profile user is Kevin Connolly, the actor, writer, director, and producer best known for starring roles in Entourage and Unhappily Ever After, and the founder of ActionPark Media.
Veritone Voice has garnered attention from other celebrities. The Bert Show, hosted by Georgia Radio Hall of Famer Bert Weiss on WWWQ, is using Veritone Voice to create text-to-speech and speech-to-speech versions of Weiss's voice for a range of projects.
Veritone Voice is being used by plenty of other celebrities, athletes, influencers, and broadcasters to create and monetize synthetic voices in real or digitally immersive worlds.
And look for Veritone technology to show up in even more entertainment outlets as the company integrated Veritone Voice with NVIDIA Omniverse’s Audio2Face, an AI-based technology that generates facial motion and lip-syncing entirely from an audio source. For Audio2Face content creators focused on virtual and augmented reality, 3-D graphics, and virtual communities, Veritone Voice provides more than 200 synthetic stock voices and 150 languages.
iHeartMedia also signed on to use Veritone Voice to translate and produce podcasts for new markets, and Veritone Voice will create and manage voice models for Mythical Entertainment, whose shows reach 75 million YouTube subscribers.
And when Veritone held its own fourth-quarter and full-year 2021 financial results call earlier this year, it opened with a synthetic version of the voice of the late sports announcer Vin Scully, whose synthetic voice clone was created using Veritone Voice. The call also featured digitally cloned voices of Veritone CEO Chad Steelberg, president Ryan Steelberg, and chief financial officer Mike Zemetra.
But those aren’t the only high-powered users of Veritone’s voice technology. Veritone, through its partnership with AITHERAS, recently signed a contract that will enable the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s e-discovery and litigation groups to use Veritone’s aiWARE platform for voice transcription, translation, and redaction applications.
And it doesn’t stop there. Through a partnership with OOONA, Veritone will create synthetic audio descriptions for Silver Trak Digital to use in its programming for blind and visually impaired audiences. The integration pairs Veritone Voice and OOONA’s cloud-based media localization platform and also offers seamless multilingual workflows for revoicing, captioning, translation, and transcription projects.
Veritone’s technology is only going to keep getting better, particularly as it works to incorporate VocaliD’s synthetic voice technology into its own Veritone Voice offering. Veritone acquired VocaliD in June for an undisclosed amount.