Voice Banking – SpeakUnique
We are pleased to announce that we now offer funding for our members to access Voice Banking through a company called SpeakUnique. This includes options for ‘Voice Build’ and ‘Voice Repair’.
‘Voice Build’ will create a synthetic replica of your own voice that can be used on your communication aid. This is for individuals who have a medical condition that will likely affect their speech but have not yet experienced significant speech symptoms. Your synthetic voice can be used on Apple, Android or Windows devices.
‘Voice Repair’ is ideal if you have noticed significant changes in your speech or struggle to articulate words. SpeakUnique can “repair” your voice and create a synthetic version.
Your synthetic voice can be used on Apple, Android, or Windows devices.
We encourage all people diagnosed with MSA who are registered with the Trust to complete voice banking as soon as possible. This will ensure the best version of your voice can be used.
For Voice Build or Voice Repair you will need to set up an account with SpeakUnique. You will be asked to record between 150–300 sentences. If you find the process becomes tiring your recording can be completed across several sessions.
You will need access to a PC or laptop and an external headset with microphone. We can loan headsets should you wish to borrow a set. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase your own set. There are a vast range of headsets available, so the options provided here are not an exhaustive list. Neither are these options meant as our recommendations but rather to give you an idea of what sort of headsets are suitable for voice banking. The MSA Trust does not endorse or recommend any specific product mentioned on this webpage and we do not receive any money from any company or product mentioned.
SpeakUnique will then create five different versions of your repaired voice. You will be able to listen to each voice and decide which is your favourite. Once the process is complete you can apply for funding from us through your SpeakUnique account. You will need to provide an email address of a healthcare professional (e.g. your Speech and Language Therapist or Specialist Nurse) to support your application. Once your voice has been paid for (by us) you can download your voice onto the communication device of your choice. Your voice can be downloaded onto Apple or Android phones and tablets and be used through the SpeakUnique app which is included in the package. The App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play store, and you will just need to log in using the email address and password you registered for SpeakUnique with. The voice can also be used on Windows devices and used through third party apps such as Grid or Communicator. Your SpeakUnique voice can be used on multiple devices, simultaneously.
We ask that you have an initial discussion with your Speech and Language Therapist, where possible, so that they can contact us to confirm this is the best option for you prior to recording. They may suggest that another voice banking service may be more appropriate for you. If you do not have a Speech and Language Therapist please still get in touch with us. We can be contacted at email@example.com. Please note, this service is only available to members living in the UK and Ireland.
For more detailed information about this service please visit the SpeakUnique website https://www.speakunique.co.uk.