Could you help by donating your voice?
We are now gathering volunteer healthy donor voices with a range of regional accents. This is to build up our bank of voices, which are then merged and edited digitally.
We need both male and female adult voices of all ages.
To be eligible you must be:
- 16 or over
- a native speaker of English
- and not have any reading or speech difficulties.
These are the areas that we currently need accents from (updated December 2016):
What does donating my voice entail?
Voice recording takes place in a sound-proof room at the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, Edinburgh.We will simply ask you to read out sentences as we record your voice. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half. We regret that we are not able to offer expenses or to reimburse travel or parking costs.
Where do recordings take place?
Recordings take place at the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, Edinburgh. The Clinic is part of the University of Edinburgh and is on the site of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France.
What happens first?
A member of the team will greet you in the reception area and take you to the recording studio, discuss the project and answer any questions that you might have. If your queries have been answered, and you wish to proceed, we will ask you to sign a consent form and a speaker release form.
What is the recording studio like?
The recording studio is a relatively small room that has anechoic sound quality to stop reflection of sound and give a high-quality recording. There is a glass window through to the neighbouring room where the researcher will sit. There is an audio link between the two rooms.
What will I be asked to do?
You will have headphones with a microphone placed on your head. You will be asked to read aloud a series of phrases that appear on a computer screen in front of you. The words will be in a large and easily legible font. The phrases are chosen to capture the key elements required for voice synthesis, therefore they may seem strange or not linked.
During the recording session the researcher will give you regular breaks. You can also request a break at any time. There will be water available should you feel thirsty.
How long will it take?
The session will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. This includes 1 hour recording time, pre-recording discussions and administration.
What should I do if I need special assistance or cannot make my appointment?
Please let us know as soon as possible by phoning the Anne Rowling Clinic reception on (0131) 465 9500.