How to use voice in Character.AI

Character.AI isn’t just your run-of-the-mill chatbot service—it’s packed with features designed to make your AI interactions top-notch. At its core, Character.AI is a text-to-speech chatbot, letting you type out queries and receive responses from a diverse array of characters, from historical icons to beloved fictional personas and beyond. But why stop at reading responses when you can listen to them in lifelike voices? This nifty voice feature can serve as an accessibility aid or simply give your eyes a break from all that reading.

Character.AI not only lets you enable voice responses for third-party characters but also allows you to upload custom voices for characters on your own account. Let’s dive into the details of how to use voice features on Character.AI.


How to Enable Voice on a Third-Party Character

Imagine you’re chatting with a Super Mario character, and you want to hear that iconic plumber’s voice. Here’s how you can activate the voice feature:

  1. Activate Voice: Open a chat with your character and click the sound icon (it looks like sound lines with a slash through them). This turns on the voice feature, the icon will turn blue, and a quick pop-up will confirm the activation.
  2. Alternative Method: Click the three-dot icon next to the sound icon. Hover over the sound icon in the drop-down menu until it says “Turn sound on,” then click it.


How to Create a Custom Voice

Creating a custom voice for your characters is a fun way to personalize your AI interactions. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Prepare Your Clip: Record a clear audio clip between 10 and 15 seconds.
  2. Upload the Clip: On the Character.AI home tab, click Create and then Voice. Drag and drop your audio clip or upload it from your files.
  3. Preview and Generate: Preview your clip and, if necessary, reupload it. Once satisfied, click Generate Voice.
  4. Customize Settings: Fill in the details on the New Voice settings page, such as an intro, voice name, and description. Choose whether to make the voice public.
  5. Confirm and Finalize: Click Create Voice. If making it public, confirm the notice. Your voice will now appear in the voices section of your public profile, ready to be used for any new characters you create. You can delete the voice later if needed by selecting it in your profile, clicking Edit, and then Delete.


How to Add a Voice to a New Character

Adding a voice to a new character is straightforward. Here’s how:

  1. Start Creating: On the Character.AI home tab, click Create and then Character. Fill in the necessary details for your new character, such as name, tagline, description, greeting, and definition.
  2. Add Voice: When you get to the voice section, click Add. A box with voice options will pop up. Browse through the Discover tab or switch to the Your Voices tab to find the voice you’ve created.
  3. Select Voice: Hover over your desired voice and click Select.
  4. Complete Character: Fill in the remaining settings and click Create Character.
  5. Interact and Enjoy: Once your character is live, you can interact with it and enable voice to hear your custom voices in action.

With Character.AI, you’re not just chatting with text—you’re creating an immersive experience that brings your favorite characters to life with custom and lifelike voices. Happy chatting!