Edit audio / text

Learn how to edit text that has been processed into audio.

With BeyondWords, you can edit text that has been processed into audio to change what is read aloud. You can also edit uploaded audio.

If the audio was created via CMS integration, you can edit the original text to trigger reprocessing. If you would like to edit the audio without editing your original text, you can edit via our Text-to-Speech Editor instead.

Editing via BeyondWords' Text-to-Speech Editor

  1. Go to the 'Content (Audios)' section of your project dashboard

  2. Hover on the audio you would like to edit

  3. Select '⋮' to open the submenu, then select 'Edit text'

  1. You will be taken to our Text-to-Speech Editor, where you can:

    • Edit text: You can change, add, or delete text to change what is read aloud.

    • Change voices: Go to the title or paragraph you would like to edit the voice for, select the voice name, then select a new voice from the list (press the play icon to hear a preview).

    • Upload your own audio clips: Select '+' ('Add paragraph') in the desired location, select 'Upload audio', then upload the mp3 file from your device.

  2. When you have finished making changes, select 'Update audio'

  3. Enter or change the author's name (optional — this will be stored as metadata)

  4. Enter or change the corresponding URL (optional — necessary if you would like to automatically embed the audio into the page)

  5. If you are updating text imported via CMS (i.e. WordPress plugin, Ghost plugin, RSS Feed Importer, or API integration), you will be presented with the option to enable or disable CMS updates via a toggle switch:

    • CMS updates enabled: Changes to the source page will trigger automatic reprocessing, meaning that your edits may be overwritten.

    • CMS updates disabled: Changes to the source page will not trigger automatic reprocessing. This means that your edited version cannot be automatically overwritten. If you wish to update the audio, you will need to do so via BeyondWords.

  1. Select 'Schedule for later' (optional — scheduling means that your audio will not be available via players or the podcast feed until the scheduled time)

    You can change your project time zone in 'Settings (General)'. You will need to manually update your time zone to account for switches between daylight saving time (DST).

  2. Select 'Update audio'

Your text will now be reprocessed. This should only take a few minutes — you can check the audio's status in the 'Content (Audios)' section of your project dashboard.

Editing via your CMS

By default, if you create audio via CMS integration and then update the source text, this will trigger automatic reprocessing. This means that you can edit an article via your CMS and the audio will be automatically updated to match.

If you wish to prevent automatic reprocessing for a particular audio, you can do so by following the steps above and selecting 'CMS updates disabled' in step 8. This means that you can differentiate the audio version from the text version without the risk of accidentally overwriting your changes.

You can also enable or disable CMS updates via the audio submenu:

  1. Go to the 'Content (Audios)' section of your project dashboard

  2. Hover on the audio you would like to disable or enable CMS updates for

  3. Select '⋮' to open the submenu, then select 'Enable CMS updates' or 'Disable CMS updates'

Editing uploaded audio

If you wish to edit the metadata or file associated with uploaded audio:

  1. Go to the 'Content (Audios)' section of your project dashboard

  2. Hover on the audio you would like to edit

  3. Select '⋮' to open the submenu, then select 'Edit'

  1. Edit your title, description, and/or audio file (optional)

  2. Select 'Update audio'

  3. Edit the author and/or URL (optional)

  4. Schedule for later (optional — scheduling means that your audio will not be available via players or the podcast feed until the scheduled time)

  5. Select 'Update audio'

FAQs

Will I need to update my distributions after editing audio?

In most cases, it is not necessary to update your distributions after editing audio.

Audio that is embedded automatically, embedded manually, shared via URL, or distributed via podcast feed is streamed directly from BeyondWords. This means that the latest version of the audio will always be played (although it may take a little time for changes to be reflected on podcast directories).

Audio that was downloaded from BeyondWords will not update automatically and so should be replaced if necessary.


Will editing audio use characters?

When it comes to editing your audio/text, only changing voices or adding paragraphs will affect your character limit.


How do I optimize my text for text-to-speech?

BeyondWords uses natural language processing (NLP) to automatically optimize your text input for text-to-speech. After your text is imported, our customizable algorithms remove any unwanted elements, such as image captions, and apply speech synthesis markup language (SSML) tags. This verison is then processed by the AI voice, ensuring the best possible output.

As a result, it is not usually necessary to write or edit your text with text-to-speech in mind. You can automatically import content from your CMS and automatically embed it into the page, confident that the audio will be accurate and engaging.

However, if you would like to invest time into perfecting your audio script, here are a few tips:

  • Sense-check your content — for example, where your text version says "keep reading", your audio script should say "keep listening"

  • Use punctuation and paragraphs to improve flow — punctuation and paragraph spaces determine where pauses should go in synthetic speech and how long they should be, so you may wish to tweak these for optimal flow

  • Add audio descriptions — where your text version has visual assets, such as illustrations and charts, you may wish to provide audio descriptions instead

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If you are experiencing any problems with your audio, please report a voice issue.


Can I edit the speed of the audio?

Our Small, Medium, and Large Players allow listeners to change the playback speed (0.5x, 1x, 1.25, 1.5x, or 2x). Some podcast players also enable listeners to change the playback speed.

It is not currently possible for publishers change the default playback speed within the dashboard. However, you do have the option to download BeyondWords audio, edit within the software of your choice, and then upload this new audio to BeyondWords.



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