Get a Personalised DJ Jingle for Your Sets

Speech synthesis

Get your free DJ ident using the power of online speech synthesis.

Here’s an easy way to get a “jingle” or “ident” for you to use in your DJ sets. It takes advantage of a curious AT&T website, that has a speech synthesiser where you can “make” the site say anything you want, and download the results for use in your DJing software.

We’re going to find out how you can use this site to create a DJ ident that says your name or the name of your club night (for instance). Then we’ll look at how it can be used in your DJ sets or mixes to add a bit of professional polish and help people to remember your name or club night a bit better.

So, first thing’s first, here’s the site: AT&T Labs Natural Voices® Text-to-Speech Demo

When you get there, type in what you want the synthesiser to say. You’ll have to experiment a bit to get it right. Try and write phonetically; experiment with splitting words into two shorter parts if they are a bit rushed; try making your words into a question (by just putting a question mark on the end) to get different intonation, and so on. There’s lots of voices to experiment with, although I found Crystal to be the coolest for my indents.

(You’ll probably need a bit of time to get past just getting your computer to swear at you, that’s fine…)

When you’re ready, download the file and, if you want, load it into a file editor to trim it, stretch it, put some echo on it, whatever… (I talk about music file editors in my extra software for DJs article here.)

Using it in your mixes
So now you’ve got it, all that’s left is to play it in your mix or in front of your audience.

At your gig or in the mix, just load it onto a spare deck, put a cue point at the start, and drop it in. You may want to loop it, and can experiment with the tempo to make it work behind the beat of whatever music you’re playing.

To show you how it can sound, here is an example of it in use, from my DJ residency at Sunset Rocks here in Spain – listen to the first minute of the mix to hear me looping the spoken phrase “Sunset Rocks!” over the start of the track.

Sunset Rocks Mix May 2010 by Phil Morse

It’s easy to do, fun, and gives you a great little tool to use to differentiate both your live mixes and your recorded ones. A real Digital DJ Tip if ever I saw one!

(By the way, this is something I remembered while reading and commenting on an article recently published over on Ean Golden’s DJ TechTools website about good sources for acapellas for DJs, which is well worth a read if you want to know more about using acapellas etc in your sets.)

Have you got any personalised idents for your DJ sets? Found some 70s soul star randomly saying your name on an obscure track that you use to introduce yourself at every set? Paid to have your own jingles made? We’d love to hear about it.

Comments

  1. This is really good tip. Just been listening to your enclosed mix… have you got a tracklisting for it? I really like a lot of the tracks. Thanks

  2. Phil Morse says:

    Here you go:

    1. Henrik Schwarz, Ame & Dixon present Critical Mass – Berlin-Karlsruhe Express (Single version)
    2. Nicolas Jaar – Russian Dolls
    3. Gotan Project – Mil Milliones
    4. Martin Buttrich – Tripping in the 16th
    5. Grace Jones – Love You To Life (Dub)
    6. Red Rack ‘Em – In Love Again
    7. Miss Kittin & The Hacker – Electronic City
    8. Sorcerer – Chemise (The Time And Space Machine Remix)
    9. Marius Våreid & Jarle Braathen – Vallefaret (Jarle Braathen Remix)
    10. Ytre Rymden Dansskola – Bange Anelser (Frisvold & Lindbaek Remix)

  3. A good site for drops for free. They have paid subscriptions but the free members get one drop a day http://www.radiodaddy.com

  4. Another (better!) website offering text to speech solutions:

    http://www.ivona.com/en/

  5. Besides, one can make customised cool ringtones with it. Thanks a lot. Just filled my phones with stuff.

  6. Man im glad i found this forum. I have been a dj since 1986,but i have learned so much more the last 6 months I been getting this newsletter. You guys on here are really knowledgable. I appreciate you guys..

  7. I used to go by the name dj JustOne, and I used to use a sample of warren g – what’s love got to do with it, where he says, ‘you’re lucky just to have just one’, and I echoed out the just one… I thought it was pretty slick.

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