As more broadcasters, podcasters and brands take advantage of synthetic voices, Veritone has acquired a Boston-based voice technology company to expand its voice cloning service. In a deal announced Thursday, synthetic voice creator VocaliD has been absorbed by Veritone. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
With this addition, Veritone says its Veritone Voice product can control and manage the entire voice creation lifecycle for greater efficiency and scale.
Built on the aiWARE artificial intelligence platform, Veritone Voice can work with third-party AI models, allowing it to integrate the VocaliD model. VocaliD’s voice tuning and audio mixing features are integrated with Veritone Voice, which the companies claim expands their synthetic voice product while reducing complexity, cost and management time.
“Veritone Voice brings tremendous value to our enterprise customers and IP owners of all sizes. With such a large addressable market, Veritone is able to meet consumer demands for content at scale, with localization, and without sacrificing quality,” President Ryan Steelberg said in a statement. “I’m excited to bring VocaliD from both a human and technology perspective to expand our voice offering and provide even more functionality to existing and future customers.”
To demonstrate the capabilities of their fusion, Veritone and VocaliD teamed up with the Cronkite domain and New York Times bestselling author Joe Garner to create a synthetic voice model of legendary broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite for use in educational projects.
“Before knowing Veritone Voice, I never could have imagined that it would be possible for people to hear the voice of Walter Cronkite reading his own words written at this pivotal time in our history,” remarked Joe Garner, CEO of Garner Creative Concepts. “Hearing Walter’s voice deliver the foreword he wrote for my 1998 book, We Interrupt This Broadcast, was incredibly meaningful to me personally and professionally.”
VocaliD Founder and CEO Dr. Rupal Patel said the merger of the two companies “will create more equitable, fair, diverse, inclusive, expressive and engaging user experiences…Given our shared commitment to responsible and ethical AI , we are ready to shape industry practices and define new monetization models that benefit all stakeholders.
With this acquisition, Patel and the VocaliD team will join Veritone’s Commercial Enterprise division.