Create audio from plain text

Use our Text-to-Speech Editor to create audio from plain text.

This guide explains how to convert plain text into audio using the Text-to-Speech Editor in your BeyondWords dashboard.

  1. Go to the 'Content (Audios)' section of your project dashboard (don't have one? Create a project)

  2. Select 'Text-to-Speech Editor' under 'Create an audio'

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If it's your first time creating audio, you'll be asked to set your default voices. These can be changed anytime in 'Settings (General)'.

  1. Start typing, or copy and paste your text into the Editor — consider making edits to ensure optimal text-to-speech conversion

  2. Insert audio (optional)

    1. Select '+' ('Add paragraph') then 'Upload audio'

    2. Upload the mp3 file from your device

  1. Change voice selections (optional)

    1. Go to the title or paragraph you would like to edit the voice for

    2. Select the voice name then select a new voice from the list (press the play icon to hear a preview)

  1. Select 'Publish'
  1. Enter the author's name (optional — this will be stored as metadata)

  2. Enter the corresponding URL (optional — necessary if you would like to automatically embed the audio onto the page)

  3. 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).

  1. Select 'Publish'

Your text will now be processed into audio, with each conversion using characters. Processing should only take a few minutes — you can check the audio's status in the 'Content (Audios)' section of your project dashboard.

FAQs

Can I insert my own audio into my text-to-speech audio?

Yes, you can insert audio files into your text-to-speech audio using our Text-to-Speech Editor. Simply select the '+' icon wherever you would like to insert audio, select 'Upload audio', then select your mp3 file (step #4 above).


Can I use multiple AI voices?

Yes, you can use multiple AI voices when creating audio from plain text. Please see our guide to choosing and changing voices for more information.


Can I save my draft and come back to it later?

Yes, you can save your draft anytime. Scroll to the bottom and select 'Save draft'. The audio status will be 'Draft'.

To continue working on your draft:

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

  2. Hover on the draft you would like to reopen and select '⋮' to open the submenu

  3. Select 'Edit text'


Can I edit my text and reprocess the audio?

Yes, you can edit your text and reprocess the audio:

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

  2. Hover on the draft you would like to reopen and select '⋮' to open the submenu

  3. Select 'Edit text'

  4. Make edits then select 'Update audio'

  5. Complete the pop-up like usual then select 'Update audio' — this will trigger audio reprocessing


Can I automatically embed audio into my website or app?

Yes, you can automatically embed audio created via the Text-to-Speech Editor into a corresponding page on your website or app.

You will need to set up automatic embedding and enter a URL when publishing your audio. The code will fetch this URL to determine whether an audio version of each page is available and, if so, embed it automatically via the Small Player.



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