With macOS Sonoma, you have the ability to generate a Personal Voice that mimics your own speaking style. The Mac’s text-to-speech function can be utilized to vocalize any text typed through the Live Speech feature in a voice that closely resembles your own.
Apple states that the Mac’s voice is generated through machine learning and all data is stored locally, ensuring the privacy and security of the user’s voice information. This means there is no need to be concerned about Apple or others using your recordings for malicious purposes.
Unfortunately, the Personal Voice is not flawless as it lacks inflection and emotion, giving it a robotic sound. However, compared to the artificial voices that come with Mac, it does have a more personal touch. To get a better understanding of its sound, I have made some samples. The initial one features my natural voice, while the second showcases the Personal Voice created using macOS Sonoma. Take a listen and see for yourself.
The recording of Roman’s actual voice in macOS Sonoma was captured by Macworld.
Macworld · Roman’s Personal Voice made in macOS Sonoma
To create a Personal Voice, one must undergo a lengthy recording session. If using a MacBook, the built-in microphone may suffice. However, for optimal outcomes, it is recommended to use an external USB microphone.
To make a Personal Voice in macOS Sonoma, follow these steps. To learn more about Apple’s latest Mac OS, refer to our comprehensive guide on macOS Sonoma.
How to generate a Personal Voice on macOS Sonoma.
At a glance
If your Mac does not have a microphone, you will need to use an external one.
Materials required: macOS Sonoma
Navigate to Accessibility in the left column of System Settings. Scroll to the Speech section in the main part of the window and select Personal Voice.
To access the Personal Voice section, click on the option to Create a Personal Voice.
Prepare yourself to make a recording.
Once the user password is entered, an introduction will be displayed. This introduction will inform you that you must recite 150 phrases in order to create your Personal Voice. This voice can then be utilized in FaceTime, Phone, and other applications. The entire process typically takes 15 to 20 minutes. Simply click on the “Continue” button to proceed.
A new introductory screen will be displayed, providing guidance on how to achieve optimal results. It is recommended to conduct the recordings in a quiet environment with minimal echo and to speak naturally. If necessary, you can pause the session, save your progress, and resume at a later time. Click “Continue” once more to begin.
Prior to starting the recording process, you will be prompted to input a name for the audio. Once entered, click on the “Continue” button.
The Mac will now test the audio quality. A red record button and a label showing the selected microphone are located at the bottom of the window. If the chosen mic is not correct, you must cancel the session and access the Sound System Settings to choose the desired mic. Finally, return to the initial step and begin again.
If the red button displays the appropriate microphone, you may continue. Press the red circle and read the emphasized phrase. Keep in mind to speak naturally, as you would in a conversation. Once you are finished, the system will detect that you are done speaking and move on to the next step.
After completing the initial recording, the Mac will analyze it and notify you of any potential issues. For instance, the analysis displayed here indicates excessive background noise. You can use this opportunity to resolve any problems and then click Check Again to perform another test.
You have the option to disregard these recommendations and proceed. Alternatively, you may have received the approval initially. Either way, click on the “Continue” button to begin the process.
Perform this action prior to starting the recording of the first phrase.
The initial screen for reading the phrase will show up, but refrain from clicking the record button in red immediately. There are some important details you should be aware of:
The progress indicator is located under the “Read the Phrase” section. To return to a previous phrase, click the left button. Click the right button to move forward in the list.
You can click Done at any point, regardless of whether you have read all 150 phrases. Your position in the queue will be preserved, allowing you to return and resume the process.
The Preview button in blue will allow the Mac to read the phrase to you in case you have difficulty reading. You can then click the red button to repeat what was heard.
You have the ability to choose between two options, located in the bottom left corner, that can be adjusted at your convenience.
Automatic Continuous Recording: The next phrase will appear automatically after each one is said, eliminating the need to press the record button.
Pause at Each Phrase: Once a phrase is spoken, the next one will appear automatically. However, you will need to click the record button.
Since you are aware of the current state of the UI, feel free to make any necessary changes.
Begin recording the phrases.
Press the record icon to initiate the procedure. This will require 15 to 20 minutes.
Advice: If you are reading a sentence, make a mistake, and want to restart, press the stop button. When you’re prepared, click the record button and resume recording.
How to temporarily stop and resume at a later time
If you require a pause or have other tasks to attend to, you can end the session by clicking on Done. To resume the session, simply follow these instructions:
Navigate to System Settings and select Accessibility. Then, locate the Speech section and choose Personal Voice.
In the Personal Voice section, you will find an entry displaying the name of your personal voice. Below it, there is a count of the phrases that need to be recorded. Click on the “i” icon beside it.
Please input your user password in the pop-up window that appears.
A pop-up window will display with a button to continue recording. Click on the button to proceed.
You will need to perform a sound quality check once more. After that, the recording of the phrase will proceed and you may proceed with the process.
You’re Done Recording
Once you have uttered the 150th phrase, the session will come to an end. A window labeled “You’re Done Recording” will appear. Take a moment to congratulate yourself before clicking on “Continue.”
Get Ready to Use Your Unique Voice
Your Mac is now ready to start working, but it may take some time. If you’re on a MacBook, make sure to plug it in. You will receive a notification when the Personal Voice is finished and ready for use. On an M1 Pro MacBook Pro, this process typically takes around 90 minutes.
Press the “Done” button to initiate the process. The Accessibility System Setting’s Personal Voice section will show the advancement in creating your voice. While this is in progress, you are free to use your Mac for other tasks, but do not turn it off. Once the process is complete, the progress notification will be replaced with the creation date.
There are a few additional choices to adjust in the Personal Voice System Setting:
Enable cross-device sharing: By enabling this feature, your Personal Voice can be accessed on other Macs with macOS Sonoma, iPhones with iOS 17, and iPads with iPadOS 17. Toggle this option on if you want to use your Voice on multiple devices.
Enabling the use of Personal Voice for applications allows them to make requests to speak through the Mac’s speakers or during phone calls.
Modify the settings for the Live Speech System.
which is often called the Personal Voice Setting
After creating your Personal Voice, you must modify the settings on your Mac to enable its use in applications. This can be done through the Live Speech setting, also known as the Personal Voice Setting.
Navigate to System Settings, select Accessibility, and then locate the Speech section. From there, click on Live Speech.
Go to the Voice settings and click on the pop-up menu. Find your Personal Voice and choose it.
Activate the Live Speech feature by turning on the switch at the top.
A box labeled “Type to Speak” will be displayed. You may input text and press Return to hear your Personal Voice. To conceal the box, select the menu bar icon resembling the Live Speech icon (a keyboard with a microphone in the bottom right corner).
“How to utilize the Text to Speech feature on FaceTime for macOS.”
To enable text-to-speech input on FaceTime, navigate to the Video menu within the FaceTime application and choose Transcriptions Text-To-Speech from the Microphone settings.
To enable Text to Speech on macOS, access System Preferences > Sound, navigate to the Output & Input section, and select Input. Then, choose Transcriptions Text-To-Speech.
You have successfully set up your Personal Voice for text-to-speech situations. If you are not satisfied with how your Personal Voice sounds, you can delete it and follow the same steps again. You can also add another Personal Voice by repeating the process.