Terrible Quality Voices (need rework)
July 27, 2020 2:53 PM   Subscribe

If your lifelong dream is to hear dril posts read aloud by a stilted, computer-generated Gilbert Gottfried (or Judi Dench, or Dr. Phil, or thirty-odd other celebrities*), vo.codes is the website for you.

*celebrities may include assorted silicon valley types no regular person should have to know about. please see our ad in Good Housekeeping for more information
posted by theodolite (17 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Hah, not bad. It has some cadence issues, but pretty interesting training! David Cross is pretty funny (words I haven't typed in some years).
posted by rhizome at 3:10 PM on July 27 [1 favorite]


Currently not working at all for me ... There was an error and I still haven't implemented retry to make it invisible. You can absolutely submit your request again a few times; this is a self-healing Kubernetes cluster. Some models (voices) get more load than others and/or are scaled to fewer or more pods. There's also a rate limiter, but there aren't error messages yet.
posted by metabaroque at 3:24 PM on July 27


I have found that it may be necessary to retry a few times before the processing succeeds.

Every time a request succeeds, it turns up under "Replay & Downloads" at the top of the page (for as long as you stay on the site) and can be downloaded from there.
posted by BuxtonTheRed at 3:29 PM on July 27


Gilbert Gottfried has laryngitis. Plus he has trouble speaking with the right cadence.
posted by njohnson23 at 3:50 PM on July 27 [1 favorite]


I think this would combine nicely with the pink trombone vocal synthesizer (previously) to create some hellish soundscapes.
posted by Beardman at 4:04 PM on July 27 [1 favorite]


They weren't kidding about longer paragraphs. I tried pasting this in and having Betty White read it:

Thank you for being a friend Traveled down a road and back again Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant And if you threw a party Invited everyone you knew Well, you would see the biggest gift would be from me And the card attached would say Thank you for being a friend

Then I had Alan Rickman read the same thing. Very different readings.
posted by metabaroque at 4:04 PM on July 27 [2 favorites]


"There was an error and I still haven't implemented retry to make it invisible. You can absolutely submit your request again a few times; this is a self-healing Kubernetes cluster."

Kubernetes! Heal thyself! (I get nothing.)
Edit: Works now. As you were.
posted by CCBC at 4:43 PM on July 27


It seems to work best if you stick with something the person plausibly would say since they were trained on existing samples. David Attenborough's "My trouser snake is the most curious specimen of a male sexual organ in the animal kingdom" is pretty convincing. (Yes, I am 12.)
posted by pmbuko at 5:06 PM on July 27 [7 favorites]


Wilford Brimley doesn’t pronunce “diabetes” as “diabeetus,” so the whole thing is a bust as far as I’m concerned.
posted by holborne at 5:14 PM on July 27 [7 favorites]


I want David Lynch and also Don Adams because they secretly are the same voice with one being more nasal
posted by Ferreous at 8:23 PM on July 27 [1 favorite]


"Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe. All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe" doesn't work at all well :-)
posted by flabdablet at 9:16 PM on July 27 [1 favorite]


Disappointed I can't get Alan Rickman to say "Grabthar".
posted by Foosnark at 8:25 AM on July 28 [1 favorite]


I made Fred Rogers say this:

"My boner needs are overwhelming and I can't talk to anyone else about it except for these motherfucking puppets."

Not proud - but still laughing.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 8:31 AM on July 28


I'm not ashamed to say that I can be endlessly amused by making celebrities etc tell me that they're a stupid moron with an ugly face and a big butt and their butt smells and that they like to kiss their own butt. [edited for correctness]

Probably should be. Not though.

It is a bummer that it basically skips words it doesn't know; I wanted to make them sing the "scientist Salarian" song.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 8:55 AM on July 28


Disappointed I can't get Alan Rickman to say "Grabthar".

He can say "grab thar" but not "grab thars"
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 9:00 AM on July 28


"Grab far's" works well enough to be going on with.
posted by flabdablet at 9:05 AM on July 28


Oh man, if they ever add Jeff Goldblum this will pair beautifully with Jeffsum!

(a Loren Ipsum text generator that uses dialogue from his roles)
posted by dbx at 9:27 AM on July 28


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