Taylan Kamis CEO of DeepZen on Synthetic Voices for Audiobooks and Other Long-form Audio – Voicebot Podcast Ep 292
Taylan Kamis was inspired by the movie Her to pursue AI technologies that could make synthetic characters and voices more lifelike. After several years with Microsoft, including time on the media and applications team and serving as a CFO for some venture-stage startups, Kamis co-founded DeepZen in 2017.
The first problem the DeepZen team sought to address was one of the harder challenges in the industry: creating synthetic voices that were high enough quality to be used as narrators for audiobooks. A key element of this problem is the length of the content. The synthetic voice or voices must be pleasing enough to be suitable for long passages and hours of listening at a time. Another important element is the emotive quality of the synthetic voices.
DeepZen today provides synthetic voice software and audiobook production services that enable voice actors to create custom voices and monetize them without having to be in the studio for every project. The company also supports publishers that want to improve time-to-market and cost for audiobook production. We talk at length about the audiobook solution and how it works. That is followed by a discussion around new applications that are taking DeepZen into even larger markets.
Taylan Kamis Interview – Show Notes DeepZen