Waiting on Microsft Azure Ashley to Unlock speaking styles

Jacob Bender 20 Reputation points

Hello Microsoft Q&A community,

I have been trying to use the speaking style selection feature on Microsoft Azure's TTS service to make Ashley's TTS voice sound more human and emote. However, I have noticed that the speaking style is stuck on "general" and I am unable to change it.

I have searched for product and service-related keywords and have not been able to find a solution that has already been posted.

In an effort to troubleshoot the issue, I have tried using different scenarios and configurations, but to no avail. I have not encountered any error messages.

I would greatly appreciate any information on how certain TTS voices were able to get the speaking style selection feature or when all TTS voices on Azure will have this feature.

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Azure AI Speech
An Azure service that integrates speech processing into apps and services.
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  1. Dillon Silzer 52,976 Reputation points

    Hi Jacob,

    It looks like at this time, Azure TTS (Ashley) on has General available to the voice:

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    Cited from https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/products/cognitive-services/text-to-speech/#features

    This is a matter of what Microsoft has put out for availability and at this time the only Speaking style available for Ashley (Neural) is General.

    If this is helpful please accept answer.

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  1. Oxueillirep 131 Reputation points

    You can find a list of voices supporting styles and roles from here: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cognitive-services/speech-service/language-support?tabs=tts#voice-styles-and-roles

    Microsoft is gradually adding more voices, but if you need a specific style for your project you should select a voice from that list. Ashley does not support any styles at this point.

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