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Respeecher Raises $1M to Enhance Synthetic Voice Capabilities

  • Respeecher, a Ukrainian synthetic voice startup, secures $1 million in a pre-Series A funding round.
  • Respeecher creates prosthetic voices, differentiating itself from traditional text-to-speech engines with collaborations in media and gaming.
  • The startup prioritizes ethical considerations, obtaining consent, and expands into new verticals, including voices for those who have lost the ability to speak.

Ukrainian synthetic voice startup Respeecher secures $1 million in a pre-Series A funding round, demonstrating resilience amid challenging circumstances. Known for replicating iconic voices like James Earl Jones and Edith Piaf, Respeecher uses voice models to modify actors' speech for media and gaming clients. 

The ethical considerations are addressed by obtaining consent from rights owners or families, and the company focuses on building a voice library with actors opting into the process.

Prosthetic voices for media and gaming, plus ethical considerations

Respeecher's innovative approach involves creating prosthetic voices distinct from traditional text-to-speech engines, collaborating with major entities such as CD Projekt and Warner Music. 

The startup prioritizes ethical practices, obtaining consent, and involving families in the process, while actors increasingly see the technology as an asset to control and monetize. The company's involvement in Adobe's Content Authenticity Initiative reflects its commitment to responsible synthetic voice creation.

Innovating amid challenges: Expanding verticals and changing lives

Researcher, navigating the complexities of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, expands its reach into new verticals, including synthetic voices for individuals who have lost the ability to speak. 

The startup's slow and steady approach proves effective, culminating in a $1 million funding round featuring contributions from Gary Vaynerchuk and prominent venture funds. Respeecher's commitment to overcoming obstacles and ethical considerations positions it as a leader in the synthetic voice landscape.

Edited by Shruti Thapa