Ever wish you could hear a famous vocal artist featured on your track?
Hiring a world class rapper or vocalist could get a little spendy. But thanks to Uberduck AI, you can hold on to your money. Forget talking to agents or signing any contracts. Because now, with this free text-to-speech (tts) software, you can synthesize celebrity voices instantly and get them to say anything you want.
In the video above, YouTuber Ed Talenti uses a free AI lyric generator to come up with some content. He feeds that into Uberduck, exporting the audio to his DAW and chopping it up to match one of his beats.
Talenti's imitation of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Playboi Carti are entertaining to watch. They probably would never be mistaken for the actual artist, but that doesn't matter. Youtubers are proving that with some pitch shifting and vocal effects, the right engineer can make these ai voices sing.
Creating Vocal Tracks with Uberduck AI
The interface says it all. You just enter a phrase and let the text-to-speech feature do its magic. Within moments, you’ll have an audio file that’s free to download.
To try the app for free, visit https://uberduck.ai and explore their various tools. The site offers over two thousands voices to choose from. Pick from rappers like Kanye West and 21 Savage. Explore fictional characters like Family Guy's Peter Griffin or Breaking Bad's Walter White. The world is your oyster.
Fair warning — expect some trial and error to get the vocal takes you want. Most of the time, the initial audio output sounds like a garbled version of the voice it’s imitating. I found that the speech synthesis works better with some words than others.
Uberduck launched in 2020 and within a year, YouTube videos about the app started going viral. Video editors had rappers performing fake verses on unreleased beats. People also started using Uberduck to create voiceovers for their TikTok videos, when the platform made it difficult for users to do it otherwise.
Exciting as it may be to revive Juice WRLD and XXXTentacion for one final collaboration, TTS voice generators are capable of a lot more. Founder Zach Wener publishes articles on the Uberduck AI blog regularly, exploring different applications for their technology.
Earlier this year, Wener wrote an article for developers about a Discord chat bot you can configure to turn text to speech within a voice channel.
Gamers and streamers who don’t want to use their voice but still want to participate in voice channel now have that option. The demand for TTS voice overs has already been proven with the popularity of Roblox stories on social media.
With Uberduck's “private voice clone” plan, users can actually use the API to train on samples of your own voice. When that process is complete, the Discord chat bot could technically be set up to turn text into an AI version of you!
If that sounds like science fiction, check out this video from a viral youtuber who personally became one of the celebrity voices that users could imitate.
AI alternatives to Uberduck
With a growing ai community of over 14,000 users on their Discord server, the Uberduck text-to-speech framework could evolve into something powerful in the future. The pricing model is generous for free users and scales up only for those who have a serious need for it.
The one knock against Uberduck is that they don’t currently offer an option in the app store. If you’re looking for something that loads on your phone, with or without the internet, try Apple’s classic Text to Speech! app.
It probably comes as no surprise that Google has a text-to-speech API available as well. So while Uberduck may be the one attracting all the fun memes, tech giants are building their own transformers on siloed machine learning frameworks under their control.
We recently covered a singing AI music robot from Georgia Tech, called Shimon, that can play the marimba and sings in its own voice. This may be one of the best current demonstrations of how AI text-to-speech could join with generative AI music software to create mechanized super-musicians in the future.
For now, while we fend off the robot apocalypse, any music producer can use Uberduck to generate audio samples quickly. If you're someone who doesn't like to sing or rap, but has ideas in their head that they want to get out, this might be a good starting point.
It's also just kind of fun to mess around with. Enjoy yourself and if you haven't already, be sure to visit our homepage to learn more about AudioCipher.