Hey, remember that Verge video we posted a while back about how Text to Speech programs are made? That was pretty cool, right?
Apparently we’re not the only ones who thought so. Susan Bennett liked it too – so much so that it spurred her to step forward and reveal her identity as the U.S. English voice of Siri.
As for why she hasn’t come forward before, Bennett had this to say:
“I really had to weigh the importance of it for me personally. I wasn’t sure that I wanted that notoriety, and I also wasn’t sure where I stood legally. And so, consequently, I was very conservative about it for a long time,” she told CNN. “And then this Verge video came out… And it seemed like everyone was clamoring to find out who the real voice behind Siri is, and so I thought, well, you know, what the heck? This is the time.”
Bennett revealed that she didn’t know the recordings she made were going to be used for Siri, and only figured it out after a colleague noticed the similarities between her voice and that of Apple’s virtual personal assistant. After listening for herself, Bennett was convinced that she was Siri.
While Apple hasn’t made a statement on it yet, her friends and contacts in the voiceover business are also certain it’s her. Audio forensics expert Ed Primeau called the two voices “Identical – a 100 percent match.”
The full interview with Bennett on CNN is super interesting and worth a read.
Do you feel differently about Siri now that you know what she looks like in real life?
(via the Verge)