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Thursday, 28 August 2008

TomTom voices - child stars!

We've really seen the benefit of having a TomTom-based satellite navigation system, getting us reliably to our destination without the need to print out maps and directions from the internet (or, even worse, navigating using the classic Road Atlas!)

I've been aware for a while that you can download all kinds of celebrity voices (of varying quality, admittedly) but it was recently that I discovered an excellent website that takes you step-by-step through creating your own collection of voices.

It's at tomtom.graemelucas.co.uk, and is a straightforward guide, suitable for all skill levels.

Of course, this was far too good an opportunity to miss, so I asked the children if they'd like to do a recording session in the studio. The results are fantastic - I especially like Lenni's, since it sounds very much like Lola from Charlie and Lola.

Christopher's recordings need a little more work, I think, because his inflection caused the actual directions to be a little quiet, but, even after normalising the audio files, I think they could probably benefit from audio level compression to give them a bit more 'loudness', and make them better audible in a moving vehicle.

If you'd like them, you can download them here - simply check your VOICES directory to make sure the number 80 and 81 voice 'slots' aren't already taken, and then unzip the files into there. They should be available as 'Custom' voices. I'll post updated versions here when I get round to editing all 56 sound files!

Posted by james at August 28, 2008 1:07 PM


 
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