Talkia is text to speech software from doodly, toonly, voomly parent company Brxyen that is acquired by click funnels recently.
In this blog post, I will share my honest opinion about Talkia what are the pros and cons. Welcome, everyone, my name is Harinderpreet Singh and I’m the founder of the MicMonster. MicMonster is also text to speech tool and it is FREE. You will learn more about it as you read the article.
Here in the blog post, I will discuss everything from pricing to features.
Talkia Best Features
Talkia is text-to-speech software that helps you create voiceovers that sound like authentic human voices. Talkia is a tool for video sales letters, educational videos, training videos, sales scripts, audiobooks, etc.
Talkia has over 102 voices in their Standard plan and over 404 voices in their Enterprise plan. They didn’t mention the languages talkia support.
If you ask the talkia support team how many languages it supports you will get a reply like the following one.
In countries like India where 121 languages are spoken, you can’t use the same voices for all languages. The bottom line is Talkia supports all major languages such as French, Hindi, Spanish, Arabic, Russian & more.
Unlike its competitors, talkia is a cloud-based software for Mac & Windows. it means you can’t access it on a mobile phone.
Although Talkia is software still requires an internet connection and your files will be stored on Talkia cloud storage, not on your actual computer.
Talkia Voices: Talkia voices can be divided into 2 sections Google and Amazon Polly. Basically, this is the backend technology that they are using.
These voices further can be divided into 2 parts again. Standard and AI. Wavenet means AI standard means robotic. Here are voice samples of both voices.
In the $67 deal, you are getting 102 voices. However, the majority of them are standard voices. Since standard voices sound robotic I will not count them. You are getting 6 English united states in google and 4 in the amazon Polly section. So total you are getting 10 voices for the English United States.
You are getting only 2 Russian, 2 Korean, 2 Indian, 2 german, and one Australian voice, one brazil, one Poland, one Philippines, and one french voice. All other voices in the standard plan sound robotic. You can get similar kinds of voices in your computer too.
Anyway, here are the standard voice samples.
MicMonster: MicMonster is a cloud-based text-to-speech tool that you can access on any device. Our team is currently developing app for both iPhone and Android users. Our tool support 129 languages. There is a total of 400+ voices inside the MicMonster, all of them are AI no standard voice. Here are samples few of them.
Voiceover Limit: According to their pricing page you can transform up to 1000 words into voiceover in the standard version. However when I try to do it. I came across this error.
Talkia can transform 200-300 words into speech smoothly. Talkia has a timeline like a video editor. Where you can add music as well. You can also upload your own music as well.
MicMonster: We have a limit of 12000 characters per voiceover for our premium users. On top of that, you are getting Merge feature to combine up to 10 audio files at once. We also provide a Music library however you can’t attach to voiceover inside the MicMonster. You need a video editor for this. That’s the area where talkia is better than MicMonster
Translate Text: Inside the talkia, you can translate your text as well. It offers translation services in more languages than text to speech. I think they are using google translate API. However, having translation inside the editor makes it more convenient.
MicMonster: we don’t have any translation feature.
Brxyen launch tool with the annual and monthly payment on the website home page. And in the backend, they create special discounted prices.
And then they promote lifetime deals to their existing subscribers and Facebook ads. When customers visit the home page they found annual and monthly pricing.
It creates FOMO (fear of missing out) in users and they buy discounted price deals. For example, they are still running a lifetime deal for Doodly that launched 4-5 years ago.
So in this video, I will share discounted deal prices.
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Keep in mind that enterprise is an additional $97/year once you bought the standard version. Talkia is providing ROBOTIC (standard) voices in the standard version. There are only a few wavenet voices so you need to upgrade if you want to get more out of talkia.
Talkia keeps its best voices in the enterprise version. So you have to upgrade if you want the best voices.
Here are the limitations that I found inside talkia
Bugs: There are several bugs that I have faced while testing the software. Looks like the team launched it before testing it and no plan to fix it.
Hidden Price: So talkia will cost you $67+97/year= $164 upfront and $97 every upcoming year. MicMonster will cost you $100 every year or $10 a month. On top of that, we have a FREE plan as well that talkia doesn’t offer. Talkia has a total of 4 upsells but I haven’t mentioned that since they are not related to talkia.
No Pronunciation support: AI always doesn’t sound correct. it makes mistakes, especially with invented words.
Emphasize Stress: Talkia has the feature of putting stress on words while making voiceovers. However, I’m not very impressed with this feature.
It doesn’t put good enough stress on words to notice the difference properly.
Voiceover limit. The team mentioned that you can render up to 1000 words into voiceover however it didn’t work for 1000 words as I shared a screenshot.
MicMonster As An Alternative
I already shared a few voice samples of MicMonster, here you can listen to all voice samples. Except better Voices You also get voice style for certain languages inside MicMonster (English USA, Chinese simplified, Japanese and Portuguese brazil)
You also get Jenny Multilingual voiceover in the English USA that can speak the following languages as well.
- English (USA)
- German (Germany)
- English (Australia)
- English (Canada)
- English (United Kinddom)
- Spain (spain)
- Spain (Mexico)
- French (france)
- French (Canada)
- Italian (italy)
- Japanese (japan)
- Korean (South korea)
- Portuguese (brazil)
- Chinese (Simplified, PRC)
You are also getting child voices for English USA, English UK, French (France), and Chinese (Simplified). Where in talkia you are getting child voice for English USA only.
MicMonster also has the English language with 14 accents, Spanish with 22 accents, Arabic with 15 accents. That is far ahead of talkia.
Our team is also developing an app for iPhone and Android. It will be available within the next 2 months.
The next advantage of choosing MicMonster is our advanced editor. Here are the features of Advanced editor.
MicMonster’s cloud-based solution has an advanced editor lets take the text to speech it to the next level. The advanced editor lets you
Multiple Voices In Single Script
Want to Create dialogue audio, no worries inside advance editor you can assign a specific portion of the script to any voice.
AI technology Sometimes mispronounces invented words. With Pronunciation, you can control how to speak specific Words.
We could not find words that Micmosnter miss pronounced. But we are still looking
Control Speed, Pitch, volume for specific sentences
Using the advance editor you can control pitch, volume & speed for a specific portion of the script.
Stress on words that are important to the context. You can draw graph to customize how much stress you want to put on words.
With all these features, you can produce Voiceovers like the following:
Lifetime Deal: Here is the pricing of Micmonster.
MicMonster is used by 5000 users. Here is what they are saying about MicMonster.
Text to speech industry is on a boom right now. In near future, you will see better voices.
Micmonster not only sounds better than talkia but is affordable as well. Over the period of time, we have made great improvements in the Micmonster.
Every time we update the tool we also increase the cost. So if you want to get a Micmonster at the lowest price then upgrade today.
Talkia is also good however you have to upgrade on the enterprise plan for more features and ongoing annual fees can’t justify the cost.
Anyway, I hope you got value from this article, if you have any questions or queries then let me know by the comment section.