Text to Speech

A Speech service feature that converts text to lifelike speech

Bring your apps to life with natural-sounding voices

Build apps and services that speak naturally, choosing from more than 110 voices and over 45 languages and variants. Differentiate your brand with a customised voice and access voices with different speaking styles and emotional tones to fit your use case—all in your preferred programming language.

Lifelike speech

Enable fluid, natural-sounding speech that matches the patterns and intonation of human voices.

Customisable voices

Create a unique voice that reflects your brand’s identity.

Fine-grained audio controls

Tune voice output for your scenarios by easily adjusting rate, pitch, pronunciation, pauses and more.

Flexible deployment

Run Text to Speech anywhere—in the cloud or at the edge in containers.

Access a wide variety of voices for every scenario

Engage global audiences by using more than 140 voices and over 45 languages and variants. Bring your scenarios to life with highly expressive and humanlike voices. Neural Text to Speech supports several speaking styles, including chat, newscast and customer service and emotions like cheerfulness and empathy.

Try Text to Speech with this demo app, built on our JavaScript SDK

Note: Your data will not be stored.

Control more aspects of your text-to-speech output with the Audio Content Creation tool

Learn how to build this

Note: Your data will not be stored.

Control more aspects of your text-to-speech output with the Audio Content Creation tool

Learn how to build this

Build a custom voice for your brand

Differentiate your brand with a unique custom voice. Develop a highly realistic voice for more natural conversational interfaces using the custom neural voice capability, starting with 30 minutes of audio.

Language

Quality

Sample Text Voice Sample

Want to start building your own voice model?

Tailor your speech output

Fine-tune audio to fit your scenario. Define lexicons and control speech parameters such as pronunciation, pitch, rate, pauses and intonation with Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) or with the audio content creation tool.

Deploy anywhere, from the cloud to the edge

Run Text to Speech wherever your data resides. Build speech applications that are optimised for both robust cloud capabilities and edge locality using containers. Speech containers support both standard and custom voice.

Comprehensive privacy and security

  • The Speech service, part of Azure Cognitive Services, is certified by SOC, FedRAMP, PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITECH and ISO.
  • Your data remains yours. Your text data is not stored during data processing or audio generation.
  • View and delete your custom voice data and models at any time. Your data is encrypted while it is in storage.
  • Backed by Azure infrastructure, the Speech service offers enterprise-grade security, availability, compliance and manageability.

Flexible pricing gives you the power and control you need

Pay only for what you use, with no upfront costs. With Text to Speech, you pay as you go based on the number of characters you convert to audio.

Guidelines for building responsible synthetic voices

Documentation and resources

Get started

Read our documentation

Take the Microsoft Learn course

Explore code samples

Check out our sample code

See customisation resources

Customise your speech solution with Speech Studio. No code required.

Built with Text to Speech

Motorola helps first responders access vital data

Motorola Solutions is helping police officers and other emergency first responders gain access to important information more quickly with a voice-powered virtual assistant.

Motorola Solutions

BBC innovates how it delivers trusted content

Using Azure Cognitive Services and Azure Bot Service, the BBC created an end-to-end, customised digital voice assistant that captures its brand identity and helps it establish a new conversational relationship with its broad audiences.

BBC

Universal Electronics powers connected smart homes

Universal Electronics is helping manufacturers deliver voice-enabled navigation and control capabilities that work across smart home devices.

Universal Electronics

Cheetah Mobile expands international translation

Cheetah Mobile, a mobile internet company with app users in more than 200 countries and regions, is using Text to Speech to expand accessibility of its translation device and app to international markets.

Cheetah Mobile

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