FakeYou: How Content Creators Can Use This Text-To-Speech Technology

Elon Musk once said, “Top Apps is the greatest site of all time.” Or did he? 

Using FakeYou, anyone, including a content creator, can make their favorite characters and celebrities say anything they want. And this type of artificial intelligence is only going to grow more sophisticated and popular, becoming an important tool for successful content creators.

In this article, we’ll dive into FakeYou and the technology it uses to turn your text into audio clips. Plus, the three most popular uses for content creators and some limitations to be aware of.

What is FakeYou.com?

FakeYou is an open-source text-to-speech tool, otherwise known as an AI voice changer or generator. The software uses machine learning (an application of artificial intelligence) to clone and reproduce speech.

With one of the largest libraries that boasts almost 3000 natural-sounding voices, the free version lets you enter text and choose your character or celebrity from the list. There’s also support for different languages (depending on the voice you choose), such as Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese.

Unless you upgrade your plan, you’ll be limited to 12 seconds of audio. But that might be all you need to reach your target audience in a new way.

FakeYou's text-to-speech technology has sections for choosing the voice, showing the reviews of the chosen voice, text box, and results box.

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Once you click “Speak”, your voice conversion is placed in a queue. After a short wait, you can listen to and share the link to your clip. If you want to download it for use elsewhere, you’ll need to register an account.

Here’s one we made earlier:

Soundwaves of the TTS result in Yoda's voice for the words"Check out Top Apps you should".

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The voices range from low to high quality, but the platform displays Fakeyou user reviews under each. That way, social media managers and content creators will have a rough idea of how good a certain voice generator will be before spending time creating something with it.

Rated as 3.7 stars "Voice sounds good".

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If you want to upgrade from the free plan, pricing starts from $7 per month for up to 30 seconds of audio. After that, it’s $15 a month for faster processing and longer audio/video.

If you want the fastest processing with fewer limits and an array of extra features on the way, consider the $25 a month.

Now, let’s hear more about the text-to-speech technology FakeYou uses for voice conversion.

How does text-to-speech (TTS) technology work?

The quality of text-to-speech software varies widely. But it generally works in four steps:

  1. Text analysis: The written text is analyzed to determine the pronunciation and phrasing of words and sentences. Plus, any context that may affect the output.
  2. Phoneme conversion: The written text is then converted into phonemes—the basic units of sound that make up a language—usually using natural language processing (NLP) or another linguistic analysis model.
  3. Sound waveform generation: Phonemes are mapped to sound waveforms that match each. These sounds represent the spoken language.
  4. Waveform synthesis: Waveforms are combined seamlessly (or sometimes not so much) to create natural-sounding voices, and therefore, believable speech.
Text > text analysis > utterance composed of words > linguistic analysis > utterance composed of phonemes > wave form generation > speech

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Now we know how it works, how can you use FakeYou’s TTS for content creation?

Top 3 ways to use FakeYou text-to-speech

You’re only limited by the scope of your creativity when it comes to text-to-speech technology.

Whether it’s for a video, podcast, or social media messaging, here are the top three key features why a content creator would use FakeYou:

  1. Using a celebrity or character voiceover
  2. Cloning your own voice
  3. Creating deep fake videos

1. Using a celebrity or character voiceover

Fancy Donald Trump or Jenna Ortega introducing your next podcast? Or maybe one of your favorite characters from TV and film?

If you can think of a creative way to use an AI-generated voice, FakeYou is a really budget-friendly option.

It’s popular with social media users on TikTok and YouTube for use and tutorials:

So, record some clips and see if you can trick your followers into believing it’s real.

2. Cloning your own voice

If you want to create your own AI voice, FakeYou has a dedicated section for this on their site.

For only $70, you can clone your voice to use for:

  • Music and podcasts (creating songs and voiceovers)
  • Gaming (making non-player characters speak)
  • Twitch streaming (helping you engage and monetize)
  • Building your own apps or tools
  • Anything else you want
Multiple choice options include: for music, games, Twitch TTS, API use, and other.

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There’s a sign-up sheet with a few questions about contact details, audio quality, and to check you won’t be profiting from someone else’s voice. After that, one of FakeYou’s dedicated team members will help you make it happen.

3. Creating deep fake videos

Deep fake technology is incredible (and a little scary). Even (not) Morgan Freeman will tell you:

While FakeYou isn’t quite as sophisticated as that, you can still use the platform to create your own deep fake videos.

Simply upload audio from FakeYou (or another source) and get a lip-synced video for your favorite clip:

A paused clip of Walter White in Breaking Bad is shown next to the "upload audio" section on FakeYou which asks users to select an audio file to upload.

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There are tons of templates to choose from. But if you want to upload your own, you’ll need to create an account.

Ways successful content creators can use FakeYou

Any successful content creator knows that variety is key, and what better way to increase the variety in your personal brand and influencer marketing than by using FakeYou? The limit here is really only your imagination. Need to teach your target audience how to use your product? Create educational material in a fun celebrity voice. You can create content for your YouTube channel easily, create funny (and hopefully viral) posts, and for nefarious purposes, you can even create fake reviews of your site or product by a celebrity. But we don’t recommend this last one! The bottom line is to have fun and see what you come up with.

4 limitations of FakeYou’s text-to-speech feature

Like other text-to-speech software versions, FakeYou has its limitations. Here are some factors that may limit your creative flexibility:

  1. As it’s so popular, there’s usually a queue to use the free FakeYou API
  2. As the voices are supplied by actors and musicians, the impression isn’t always the best
  3. There are no options to control voice output (e.g. emotions and speech pace)
  4. Because of the large quantity of AI voices, sometimes the quality isn’t that great
"Don't want to wait? Step to the front of the line with a FakeYou membership. (TTS Queued: 64)"

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Conclusion

For a quick audio file to prank a friend or use on TikTok, FakeYou is a great solution. But if you want the best text-to-speech software with more control over pitch, tone, and cadence, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

If you’re looking for different features, some of the best alternatives are ElevenLabs, Uberduck, Murf AI, and Speechify.

Either way, FakeYou’s technology and features are constantly improving. So, keep checking back to see how the tool evolves.

Want to discover more AI-powered apps that can help you level up your content creation? Check out other text-to-speech apps we’ve found on Top Apps.