Voicemod Debuts Metaverse Audio Avatar Developer Kit
Augmented audio startup Voicemod is opening its real-time voice modulation and conversion solution to third-party developers looking to embed custom voices as options for users exploring the digital worlds of the metaverse. The new Voicemod Developer Kit enables software developers, content creators, and interactive audio hardware makers to embed a custom voice toolset for their customers. The virtual being controlled by the user in the metaverse can then speak like any of the voices within Voicemod’s library.
Voicemod’s AI-powered digital signal processing analyzes a user’s speech and replaces it with a chosen voice out of Voicemod’s library without changing the words. The filters process the analog voice into a digital file and transform it in real time before broadcasting it again in the new voice, along with any extra effects like echos or breathlessness where appropriate. First built to cater to video games who wanted something extra to offer players, Voicemod’s new kit looks to entice digital content creators and social communications brands as well as game studios experimenting with the metaverse.
“We’re recognized for voice filtering but have started expanding other areas as well. We’re exploring the audio interactions side of it. Voicemod chief audio and technology officer Alex Bordanova told Voicebot in an interview earlier this year. “Our strategy is turning to voices from the white label space to branded content. We finally feel that audio in the digital communication space is getting more traction. “From a global perspective, we are building something toward the new digital space, the metaverse. Now we are exploring what to bring to digital sonic avatars.”
Voicemod had limited the developer kit to a handful of companies and brands before now. For instance, Agora offers some Voicemod voice on its livestreaming platform, while Bragi smart hearables wearers can use Voicemod voice modulation through the devices. There are also a growing number of Voicemod options based on existing intellectual properties. Voicemod users can sound like characters from the Angry Birds franchise, rapper ODB, or the Trailer Park Boys.
Voicemod raised $8 million a year and a half ago but has claimed profitability for a couple of years after more than ten million PC downloads for use in many popular online games like Minecraft, League of Legends, and Fortnite. Voicemod’s advances in pitch shift and other audio techniques have made its audio sound smoother and more human-sounding, which is ideal for metaverse interactions that strive for realism.
“Our aim is to make it easier for everyone — whether game developers, headphones manufacturers, musical artists, voice actors, players — to experiment with real-time social audio and voice augmentation,” Voicemod CEO Jaime Bosch said. “By enabling customizable sonic personas and creating richer voice chat capabilities, the Voicemod Developer Kit is contributing to more meaningful, immersive experiences that result in heightened user adoption and retention.”