Microsoft has announced expansive updates to Azure AI Text-to-Speech, including a new male voice option named Ryan. With adaptive multilingual capabilities across 41 languages, the new voice aims to enable more inclusive and diverse speech experiences.
Ryan Voice Brings Gender Inclusivity to Azure Text-to-Speech
The introduction of the Ryan voice provides users with enhanced flexibility in designing solutions with Azure’s text-to-speech service. Having both a male and female option allows developers to better match synthesized voices to end-user preferences and use case contexts.
As Microsoft stated, adding a male voice helps ensure the technology remains adaptable and empowering for a wider range of scenarios. Users can now generate natural, human-like speech tailored to their needs.
Seamless Multilingual Synthesis Across 41 Languages
Both Ryan and the existing female Jenny voice include automatic language prediction capabilities. This allows them to detect the input language and adjust pronunciation, intonation and phonetics accordingly.
This enables a more seamless multilingual experience, with adaptive voices that can switch between 41 languages without manual tagging. Supported languages range from English and Spanish to regional Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and more.
The new system delivers an authentic localized speech experience for each language. This expansive multilingual support makes Azure’s text-to-speech accessible to global audiences.
Creating Inclusive Voice Experiences
With the dual voice options and enhanced multilingual capabilities, Azure AI Text-to-Speech provides organizations with tools to build more inclusive speech interfaces.
Applications and devices that interact with end users via voice can now incorporate both male and female voices. This ensures technology meets diverse preferences and represents users more equitably.
Combined with adaptive multilingual synthesis, the updated service enables global reach and accessibility for voice-enabled solutions. Organizations can leverage the new capabilities to create inclusive experiences that resonate with more users worldwide.