Adding voiceover audio to your e-learning course can be a great way to engage your learners. But recording your own voiceover audio can take a lot of time and effort, and paying a professional can be expensive. Luckily, there’s a third option: using a text-to-speech tool. Text-to-speech allows you to automatically generate voiceover audio from written text. This not only saves time up-front, but it also makes it super-easy to update courses if any of the material changes down the line.

With Storyline 360, it’s fast and easy to create text-to-speech voiceover for your courses in over 15 languages. Simply type in your text and your voiceover audio is generated and inserted automatically. Check out this tutorial for step-by-step instructions.

Here are a few examples of courses with text-to-speech audio created in Storyline 360:

Want to try out the text-to-speech feature for yourself? Start a 60-day free trial of Articulate 360 and follow the instructions in this tutorial. And if you’re looking for more course examples to inspire you, be sure to check out the examples hub.

28 Comments
Daniel Jovanov
Sam Lincoln

I use text to speech for first drafts for the reasons already given. But it's really handy if you have short sentence conversations between multiple characters to bring a scenario alive. But my biggest success was using it to practice working with an interpreter. I created a scenario where the interpreter was given a question to relay to a witness. Both the interpreter and witness used their common language. However, I introduced the prospect that the interpreter may not have translated the question/answer correctly or, potentially maliciously, may not have given the response provided by the witness. This unexpected translation problem would have taken a lot of effort using three real voices and was a real surprise for the learner. It was easily created using text-to-speech and is ea... Expand

Sam Lincoln
Sam Lincoln
Victor Madison
Christina Clark

Great feature. The voices are JUST about good enough, though they are slightly on the robotic side. If they were a little more natural, then you could use this for the end product - and the technology for natural voices IS out there. Our company has internal videos with text to speech narration and yes, it's a bit boring, but we're a multinational company that needs to use "international" English so that most people can understand it. An addition I'd suggest is better control of the text. Using just punctuation to control the pace isn't sufficient - it's not nuanced enough. It would be great if you could use special marks such as // for a longer pause or even create emphasis on certain words. Converting to a recording and adding silences is a clunky workaround that takes away the benefi... Expand