Getting Started with WellSaid Studio

Welcome to the community!

This guide will help you get everything you need to create lifelike synthetic voices. We'll walk through selecting a voice avatar, generating and organizing clips, and pronunciation best practices. So, let's dive in and start creating!

In this guide:

Starting a Project

Generating Audio Clips

Organizing Clips

Pronunciation Best Practices

Starting a Project

What is a Project?

Projects act as folders to organize your clips easily. To start a new project, click New Project on the top right of Studio. Name your project, select a project version, and start creating.  

View the Voice Avatar Library

To view the Voice Avatar Library anytime, click the Avatar icon in Studio or select See All Avatars from the right side menu. The Voice Avatar Library has a search filter to narrow results based on regional accents, voice characteristics, and performance styles.

Choosing the best voice avatar for your use case

  1. Start by thinking about the tone and mood you want your production to have. Do you want someone trustworthy? Authoritative? Focused? Warm?
  2. Narrow down your search by using the Voice Avatar Library filters.
  3. Listen to a few different voice avatars and choose your top options. 

    TIP: Try favoriting your top three choices by clicking on the vertical ellipses (⋮ icon) to the right of each voice avatar to refer back to quickly.

  4. Give your top three choices a brief audition by copying in a portion of your script—an excerpt that reflects the tone you're aiming for—and create clips for each of your top voice avatars.

If you find a voice avatar you love creating with, add it to your favorites. 

Generating Audio Clips

Entering your text

Enter your script by copying from your source material and pasting it into the Studio Editor.

Available rendering options

Studio offers three rendering options to help streamline your workflow:

  • Single take: With this option, you can render a clip of up to 5,000 characters in one take.
  • Render by sentence: Use this option to create a new clip for each sentence in your script. This can speed up your workflow by breaking your script into smaller, more manageable pieces.
  • Render by paragraph: This option creates a new clip for each paragraph in your script. Use two line breaks to define a new paragraph.

Creating a clip

  1. Select your voice from the Voice Avatar Library. 
  2. Enter your script into the text editor. 
  3. Click Create. You've just made a clip!

How to listen, repopulate, download, and delete a clip

Listen to a clip

  1. Locate the clip you want to listen to and click the play button on the left of the clip. 
  2. You can pause or resume playback by clicking the play/pause button.

Repopulate a clip

  1. Locate the clip you want to repopulate and select the "T" icon. The clip's text will pop back into the text editor, and you can make changes.
  2. Once you've made the desired changes, click the Create button to make a new clip with the updated text.

Download a clip

  1. Locate the clip and click the download icon.
  2. Select the desired file format (MP3, OGG, or WAV).
  3. Your clip will download based on your internet browser's download settings.

Delete a clip

  1. Locate the clip and click the "X" icon.
  2. The clip will be permanently deleted, and your download credits will be freed up for use on new clips.

Organizing Clips

Renaming a clip

  1. In your Studio project, click on the title of your selected clip. 
  2. Enter a new name for your clip.
  3. Click anywhere outside the text file to save.

Combining clips

Merge multiple clips into one using our Combine tool.

  1. Select the checkbox on the left side of each clip you want to combine. Clips will combine in order from bottom to top. 
  2.  Select Combine.
  3.  Name your new clip and select the length of pause you would like between each clip.
  4. Click Create Clip.

Moving a clip

You can rearrange clips within a project and from project to project. Learn how to move files to another project here.

Deleting unwanted clips

In Studio, you can create as many takes as needed to get the right clip. Once you've got the perfect clip, delete any unwanted clips to free up your clip usage and streamline your workflow. 

A +1 icon indicates that deleting this clip will give you credit back to your account.Retake

Note: Learn more about Unlimited Retakes and how clips are counted.

Pronunciation Best Practices

When the voice avatar needs help predicting a word or text, you can provide it with a replacement spelling to get the correct pronunciation. You can also store your replacements to take advantage of reusing them over and over again. 

Use a Respelling Suggestion

Use the Respelling suggestions feature, which lets you add accurate Respelling replacements for common, industry-specific, uncommon, and complex words, among others you'd find in the Oxford dictionary. Simply click on the open book icon when adding a new replacement in Studio.

Create a phonetic Respelling

Use Respellings as a unique way to format a word by breaking down each syllable and which syllables should be emphasized.

Create your own Replacement text 

Use a Replacement to substitute a word, term, or phrase with an alternative way of spelling when the pronunciation of a word, term, or phrase is otherwise ambiguous.

Example: 1099-MISC, tax form

  • Avatars will vocalize as “ten ninety-nine M I S C”
  • Add a Replacement so Avatars will always say “ten ninety-nine Miscellaneous”

Emphasizing a word or phrase

When you place a word or phrase in quotation marks (""), the AI pays particular attention to the chosen word or phrase. Quotation marks let you shape the emphasis of your sentence.


Acronym Pronunciation

Some acronyms are pronounced as a word (NASA), while others aren't (NBA). Learn how to guide the AI to pronounce acronyms correctly here.

Number Pronunciation

Just like real voice actors, AI voices need cues to understand if a number is a dollar amount, a reference number, a value, an address, a dollar amount, a year, a phone number, and so on. Learn how to pronounce numbers here.

Adding a pause

Adding natural pauses can be done by using commas and periods.

  • Commas ​​add pauses anywhere you want a small, subtle pause. 
  • Periods create a pause as well as a downward inflection. They are best used to break a long sentence into two pieces, allowing the AI to better predict which words to emphasize.

Adding a longer pause between sentences

  1. Use an ellipse (...) to create "breathing room" or a combination of punctuation marks ("...") to create space.
  2. Press the return or enter key and enter a period a few times for a slightly longer pause.
  3. You can utilize the Combine feature and choose the length of time between each audio file.

Adjusting questions

Adding inflection to a question requires context, which our AI is still learning, but you can guide spoken questions to have the inflection you're looking for by using our tips here.

Congratulations, you're now ready to dive into Studio and start bringing your projects to life! 

  • If you have more questions, check out our Help Center for more information and FAQs. 
  • Want to see Studio in action? View our latest Creative Session to make the most out of your Studio time.
  • If you’d like further assistance, our WellSaid Support team is available to collaborate with.

Happy Creating!