In this tutorial, I will show you how you can make your computer to talk and use it in your electronic music. In FL Studio, there’s a Speech Synthesizer which renders a typed text to audio. Of course, it will sound a bit monotonous and machine like talk, but that might be exactly what you’re looking for. Use it with a good taste, and you can make your songs rock!
Here’s a sound example:[audio:http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/audio/Speech-Synth-Example.mp3]
And this is how you create it.
Go to the the Channels -> Add one and select Speech synthesizer. Pop-up dialog will open (the Speech synthesizer is not a stand-alone instrument, it is a pop-up dialog that processes text to audio then renders the result as a sliced Audio Clip). In the text box you enter the text you want the speech synth to render to audio. Click the ‘Listen’ button to audition it. Under the Voice -section, there’s a various ways to change the characteristics of the voice such as the speed and pitch.
To make the voice sound like in the example, choose Robotoid (default) under the ‘Personality’ -menu and type the following text:
hello world fls(1) talking(-2) here you can make it talk if(-6) you(-6) want(-6)
If you wonder what those numbers enclosed in parentheses does, they change the pitch of a separate word by semitones. So the word “fls” is pitched up by one semitone, the word “talking” is pitched down by two semitones and so on.
Okay, moving on: leave the other settings as is, and press Accept. The entered text will be rendered to sliced audio clip (If you have changed some of the settings in the dialog, you will be prompted to save the preset with a new name. It will be saved as .speech (speech synthesizer) file. By default, it will be saved to “FL Studio\Data\Patches\Speech” -folder and you can import them to your future projects by locating the folder via the Browser, right clicking on the preset and choosing ‘Open in new Fruity Slicer channel’).
Now, the slices will be automatically dumped to Piano Roll as notes. Each slice is a word and you can move around, re-arrange and duplicate them as you like.
You can also edit the slices a little (such as slice fade in/out, pitch shift, slicing threshold, etc) by opening the Fruity Slicer.
Ok. To make the vocals in sync with the project tempo (and to replicate the example), head to the Piano Roll and edit the notes like this (turn on the metronome to make the syncing easier):
Alright. The vocals are sounding a bit too plain as is so assign the Slicer to a free mixer track and drop a Fruity Fast Dist to the effect slot and set it like this:
Also, add Fruity Blood Overdrive to the effect slot and set it as follows:
Now, check the results:[audio:http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/audio/Speech-Synth-Ready.mp3]
Note: If the pitch shifting of separate words isn’t working in the Speech Synthesizer, try the following (thanks to Bobby Reynolds for this tip!):
2. Delete files “speaker.dll” and “svctl32.dll” inside your “Image-Line\FL Studio 11” -folder
3. Copy the “speaker.dll” and “svctl32.dll” which you downloaded from dlldll.com into your “Image-Line\FL Studio 11” -folder and start FL Studio
That’s about it 🙂