Use Voice Cues to fine-tune your avatar’s audio performance.
In this article:
Please note that because these features are in Beta, we cannot guarantee a consistent voice experience from one avatar to another. We recommend only using it for projects you won’t need to edit in the future.
What are Voice Cues?
Have you ever wanted your avatar to read a sentence more slowly? Or maybe you wanted your final sentence read with more power, finality, or “oomph?”
With Voice Cues, you can prompt your avatar to do these things. To access Voice Cues, start by selecting Project Version, Future, in Beta.
Available Voice Cues
Currently, Studio offers the following Voice Cues that allow you to hand-craft your voiceover to sound exactly the way you want. Don’t see the cue you’re looking for? We’re always expanding this list, so keep an eye out for new additions in Studio.
Reads a word, sentence, or phrase louder or quieter depending on the slider setting.
Reads a word, sentence, or phrase faster or slower, depending on the slider setting.
Shortens or lengthens an existing pause when applied to a punctuation block in your script.
Currently, the pause cue only allows you to adjust existing pauses within your script. These pauses naturally happen at punctuation marks like commas, periods, and dashes. The Pause cue will let you change the length of those natural pauses. However, if you want to add new pauses to your script, we still recommend manually inserting additional punctuation into your script for best results.
Once you add cues to your script, the selected text will show a colored underline that corresponds to the same colored cue. These underlines will remain unless the cue is removed.
- Loudness: blue
- Pace: yellow
- Pause: magenta
Add Cues to your script
Voice Cues are now built into the Studio editor and can be accessed through the Cues tab.
1. On the Cues tab, select the text you want to apply a Voice Cue.
Here is a quick guide to get you up and running with Voice Cues:
Tip: You can click each word individually or use the following commands to select multiple words at one time:
- Click the first word
- Hold the SHIFT key
- Click the last word
2. Use your cursor to move the Voice Cue sliders on the right rail to your desired level.
3. To remove a cue, click on the underlined section and click Reset.
Can I preview my Cues?
Yes! Once you add a cue to your script, click the Preview Clip button to hear your cue performance.
Need to make adjustments? Just edit your cues and create another preview!
Love your previewed clip? Turn it into a rendered clip by clicking the Save Clip button. It will be waiting for you in your clip queue on the Script tab.
Tips and Tricks
- Voice Cues perform differently across avatars. All of our avatars have a particular vocal range that is unique to them. The same loudness cue applied to Tobin may sound different when applied to Ava.
For best cue performance, select an avatar with a “Recommended” badge in the avatar catalog. These voices are most responsive to cue changes and ranges. Regardless of which avatar you choose, spend time playing with Voice Cues and get to know how your favorite avatars perform best in different scenarios.
- Add Voice Cues to different text lengths. Adding a cue to a single word may not be as impactful as adding that same cue to a full sentence. If you struggle to achieve the right outcome with your cue, test different text lengths to see if that changes the performance.
- Get more dramatic results by combining cues. Here are a few combinations to try:
- Add loud + slow cues on a call-to-action to get the attention of the listener
- Use quiet + fast cues to shift emphasis
- When in doubt, tinker. The best part of Voice Cues is the ability to dive in and really hone each piece of your script. The more you play, the more you’ll learn what works best for you and your voiceovers.