Looking for a free Text to Speech (TTS) software that you can use for your video projects, then try Amazon Polly.
Amazon Polly is a Text To Speech (TTS) software from Amazon Web Services (AWS). It turns text into human-like speech. It has many human-like voices and languages you can choose from. For me, it’s the best TTS engine I have seen till date .
Amazon Polly is cloud based, you can use it on your phone or laptop.You don’t need to install any software. Just point your web browser to the Amazon Polly web page, enter your text into the space provided and click DOWNLOAD to download the human-like speech in MP3 format. It supports other sound file types as well.
To use this wonderful TTS engine you must first sign up to AWS. Signing up is free but you must enter details of a valid and acceptable credit or debit card.
Upon successful sign up you automatically qualify for AWS FREE TIER. Since Amazon poly TTS engine is part of the free tier, you get to use this amazing TTS engine for 1 year free of charge.
Note that the free tier Amazon Polly comes with its limitations, these are;
- For standard voices, you can convert 5 million characters to speech for free per month for up to 12 months.
- For neural voices which can produce the most human-like voices possible, you can convert 1 million characters to speech per month for free for up to 12 months.
Now if you exceed these limitations on the free-tier, then you have to pay. Amazon Polly is very cheap to use, you pay for what you use. Click here to see pricing.