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Meet the Voice Behind Siri

samzenpus posted 1 year,17 days | from the you-sound-familiar dept.

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An anonymous reader writes in with a story about an actress who claims to be the voice behind Siri. "Own an iPhone or iPad? Since Siri was released on the iPhone 4S in 2011, I bet you, like me, have been wondering who the real voice behind Apple Virtual voice assistant Siri is. She has provided weather forecast, restaurants tips and has power announcements at airport around the world. Well, the real voice behind Siri has been revealed, and she is Atlanta-based Actress Susan Bennett. While her name might not ring a bell to you, her friends , those who have worked with her, her family and even forensics expert recognized her voice, and says she is the real Siri."

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Does this matter? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058161)

Why would we want to know this?

It has been on every general news site the past week, so why do we get it here?

Re:Does this matter? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058281)

I don't read other news sites so I didn't know this, but I'm still trying to figure out why this is here... I don't know why I wasted my time to post this. Maybe in a small hope that I won't waste it in the future?

Re:Does this matter? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059009)

I don't read other news sites so I didn't know this, but I'm still trying to figure out why this is here

Easy, an iPhone owner submitted the story and slashdot readers voted it up in the firehose.

I don't know why I wasted my time to post this.

I don't know why you clicked on the link if you're not interested. Now I have to scroll past you dipshits who came here to only bitch that it was posted to get some insights as to what goes on an an Apple fan's mind. I'm also curuous as to why Apple gave their computer voice a name; my Android listens and talks, but it doesn't have some childish name and I don't care whose voice it is, obviously unlike apple customers.

Re:Does this matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45060749)

I don't know why you clicked on the link if you're not interested.

Because although I am not interested in the story, I am interested to see how people react to it. :P

Re:Does this matter? (2, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058343)

Why would we want to know this?

I don't know, how many of you are there?

Re:Does this matter? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058463)

Not why anon claimed not to be interested but other anons certainly are glad there's a real person behind Siri.

Re:Does this matter? (0)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058575)

I don't know, how many of you are there?

"My precious, it make-es the beautiful sounds!"

Eh, on second thought, I was going for facetious there, but it came out a little too close to what I've seen...

Re:Does this matter? (0)

Dunbal (464142) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059437)

It depends on whether or not he has taken his medication today?

Re:Does this matter? (1)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058519)

Finally, a face to my best friend and who I always ask to marry me.

Re:Does this matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058733)

What a disappointment, eh?

Re:Does this matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059525)

Pure milf.

Re:Does this matter? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059391)

Welcome to another general news site? You mean you haven't noticed what slashdot has become? We even got to learn about Sandra Bullock's new movie on slashdot. If you want the old slashdot you'll have to go back about 10 years or so in your browser cache... Me I'm just here because I'm too lazy to look for somewhere else, and some of the trolls are kinda funny.

Where is Mel Blanc... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058193)

...when you need hem?

Re:Where is Mel Blanc... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058873)

I masturbate to this voice??!?

Re:Where is Mel Blanc... (2)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059709)

To Mel Blanc? That's pretty weird, man.

Re:Where is Mel Blanc... (1)

cyberchondriac (456626) | 1 year,17 days | (#45060073)

Probably Elmer Fudd, specifically... :P

Re:Where is Mel Blanc... (1)

Megane (129182) | 1 year,17 days | (#45061217)

"Ehhhhhh... cock's up, Doc!"

How about no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058197)

Does no work for you? Why the fuck would anyone care who did the voice for some app....

Unless you're just some shallow shutin whos only 'human' contact is your phone.... oh wait... Now i see why you care who did the voice.

Well, that's just sad.

She's still not going to sleep with you. No matter how many preverted questions of yours you made her answer on your phone...

Still really sad tho.

Re:How about no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059613)

Why the fuck would anyone care who did the voice for some app....

Judging by the fact that the story was a CNN interview but the linked article is just some assmuncher's stupid blog, I'm going to assume this "story" is just the usual pile of slashdot click-bait and nobody actually cares.

Wow (5, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058203)

That's incredibly fascinating. What's for lunch?

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058831)

Slash Dot has become total fluff n Craptacular from all the government shill articles to stupid shit like this.

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059453)

Dare I say it? I even almost miss.... Roland Piquepaille!

Re:Wow (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | 1 year,17 days | (#45060663)

You know, as my eyes rolled at the appearance of another gasbag entry from Sir Haselton the Long-Winded this morning, I knew that I should be thankful. That in the past there were more annoying personalities in the past. I just couldn't remember any of them.

Thank you, A.C. Thank you for reminding me of that clown.

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45060179)

Slash Dot has become total fluff n Craptacular from all the government shill articles to stupid shit like this.

I'm sorry, I must've missed all the "government shill articles", what with the unending, overpowering din of middle-school-level anarchist wannabe articles and the "I've got mine, so go fuck yourself" libertarian circle-jerk that has come to define the Slashdot comment section.

It'd be like going out with Janice from Friends (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058209)

Hahahahahahahahahaa!

So? (1)

js3 (319268) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058221)

whoopdeeeffingdoo

I liked Raj's version better (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058231)

MUCH better looking.

Re:I liked Raj's version better (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058977)

What the fuck is Raj?

Re:I liked Raj's version better (2)

mark-t (151149) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059057)

Re:I liked Raj's version better (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059161)

I'm curious as to why OP didn't clarify something as obscure as that.

Re:I liked Raj's version better (1)

elfprince13 (1521333) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059617)

The Big Bang Theory is about as obscure as any other television show which regularly garners 15 million viewers per episode, which is to say, did you just come out from under your rock for this month's hermit convention, or have you decided to rejoin society?

Re:I liked Raj's version better (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059669)

15 million American viewers, undoubtedly. The world is bigger than just your little country.

Re:I liked Raj's version better (1)

mark-t (151149) | 1 year,17 days | (#45061121)

Of course...but for reference, BBT also has nearly 2 million viewers in the UK and well over 3 million viewers in Canada, so per capita, it's only slightly less popular in the UK, and wildly more popular in Canada.

Re:I liked Raj's version better (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45061751)

So if I were to say "I preferred Ken's third wife", an American would obviously know right off which popular, non-US television show I'm referring to?

OP's comment was just as vague.

Re:I liked Raj's version better (1)

mark-t (151149) | 1 year,17 days | (#45062253)

Not to anyone who watches the show... and I'd imagine that your reference is equally unobscure to people who watch whatever show you may have been referring to.

But how popular is that show within the nerd demographic? Compare that to the popularity of BBT, and its popularity among the kinds of people who would frequent a site like Slashdot.

Re:I liked Raj's version better (1)

mark-t (151149) | 1 year,17 days | (#45063395)

Little compared to what? The whole world? Sure... compared to other countries? Not so much.

The USA is the third largest country in the world by population, and the 4th by geographical area. In the English speaking world, it is the largest by population by an overwhelming amount, and only slightly smaller geographically than Canada. Since most people on Slashdot speak English here, it's really not that out of line to make cultural references here that are extremely likely to be understood by Americans.

But hey... if it makes you feel any better, you can feel free to make cultural references that people who are from your own country are more likely to understand than North Americans too. And I'm certain we can promise not to get all pissy about it after asking for a simple clarification... particularly if it's contextually relevant to the subject being discussed, which the opening comment to this thread actually was.

Re:I liked Raj's version better (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45063877)

The USA is a very, very distant third in terms of population. The vast majority of people in the world haven't heard of your television shows or fictional characters.

Let me guess, you've never been outside of your country, have you? You sound self-centred and uncultured.

Re:I liked Raj's version better (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45060207)

The Big Bang Theory is about as obscure as any other television show which regularly garners 15 million viewers per episode, which is to say, did you just come out from under your rock for this month's hermit convention, or have you decided to rejoin society?

Wow. Just when I thought the people who DON'T watch TV are the annoying, smug assholes, along comes someone who DOES watch TV to show them how it's REALLY done.

Re:I liked Raj's version better (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45061575)

Oh no, the person being billigerent with dropping the unnecessary F-bomb and implying Raj isn't even a person's name was way more of the asshole. Seriously, using "what" with respect to Raj is being an asshole.

Re:I liked Raj's version better (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45061707)

Wow, you really are ignorant, aren't you? Raj means "royalty", "government" or "rule" in Hindi.

Who cares? (1)

Threni (635302) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058235)

Fix your crappy mobile site (and the new exciting alpha desktop version, come to that), and spend less time on this nonsense. Thanks!

The Jane Barbie Story (1)

Austrian Anarchy (3010653) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058239)

This is up there with the Jane Barbie [wikipedia.org] and Pat Fleet stories.

One thing is not a surprise (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058241)

I knew it wouldn't turn out to be some fat cow with a nice voice, because Apple was involved and they knew that she would step forward eventually.

Re:One thing is not a surprise (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058547)

Apple weren't involved when she made the recordings, so no.

Re:One thing is not a surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058867)

Instead it turned out to be Pruneface.

Re:One thing is not a surprise (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059363)

I knew it wouldn't turn out to be some fat cow with a nice voice, because Apple was involved and they knew that she would step forward eventually.

Instead, they found some dried-up, shriveled old cunt with a nice voice.

Re:One thing is not a surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059951)

Better than a whining guy with a small penis, I guess.

Just kidding. I'm sure your wife or boyfriend tells you it is the perfect size for you.

Re:One thing is not a surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45060199)

Well look who's got a hard on for haggardly old ladies. It's cool man, grannies need love too.

Re:One thing is not a surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45063013)

*Looks down. Does not see a penis. * I'm a girl, stupid. I've never been mistaken for a man. Have you?

Re:One thing is not a surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45063919)

Yeah, sure you are.

By the way, what other movies have you ripped off lame quips from to cover up your own lack of wit?

Slashdot... 72 hours behind CNN... (1)

tekrat (242117) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058261)

And CNN is 48 hours behind facebook.

Which means that anything I see on Facebook is reported by Slashdot a week late. Holy fracking catfish, it's time to stop coming to this website.

Re:Slashdot... 72 hours behind CNN... (2)

oodaloop (1229816) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058379)

Slashdot is a news aggregator. It's never going to be first.

Re:Slashdot... 72 hours behind CNN... (1)

danomac (1032160) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059283)

And a manual one at that.

Perhaps the reason why it took a week is because for a week nobody thought it was newsworthy enough to submit here...

Re:Slashdot... 72 hours behind CNN... (1)

GTRacer (234395) | 1 year,17 days | (#45060079)

I can drive manual! Does that mean /. has a more engaging experience and feels more directly connected to its users?

Re:Slashdot... 72 hours behind CNN... (5, Informative)

KiloByte (825081) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058393)

No one cares if stuff like this comes late. I'd be more concerned about using Facebook as a news source.

Re:Slashdot... 72 hours behind CNN... (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059329)

No one cares if stuff like this comes late. I'd be more concerned about using Facebook as a news source.

I'd be more concerned about using Facebook, period.

Re:Slashdot... 72 hours behind CNN... (1)

Infiniti2000 (1720222) | 1 year,17 days | (#45061593)

Yeah, because Slashdot verifies sources?

Err ... is it a transexual or a long time smoker? (0)

Seb C. (5555) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058307)

I'm french .. Siri's voice is undoubtly male. are you sure about this Susan being siri's voice ?

Re: Err ... is it a transexual or a long time smo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058385)

Oh, is France part of America now? I realise we saved your asses with Hitler and all, but I didn't know you were actually a colony.

she claims she is the original voice of Siri(in America)

Re: Err ... is it a transexual or a long time smo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058511)

He just preemptively surrendered to the US.

Re: Err ... is it a transexual or a long time smo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058905)

I love how Americans try to claim credit for shit they didn't do. The Soviets and Brits won World War II. The USA didn't do anything but come in at the very end and kick some people who were already down.

And don't forget, the French saved your asses from Britain, otherwise you'd still be colonies.

Re: Err ... is it a transexual or a long time smo (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059139)

America supplied more of the troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy than any other Allied country, and we built the bomb before the Germans did. You're welcome.

Re: Err ... is it a transexual or a long time smo (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059265)

The Germans were already beaten by the time any Americans got there, but thanks for taking care of the few leftover stragglers.

And "the bomb", to use your common parlance, was primarily developed in Britain.

Re: Err ... is it a transexual or a long time smo (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059383)

Define "we"... does that include the defected German scientists?

Look up the V2 and the history of NASA...

Re: Err ... is it a transexual or a long time smo (1)

Dunbal (464142) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059495)

Be thankful to the French, they saved your ass from the muslims in 732 AD. How far back do you want to go?

Re: Err ... is it a transexual or a long time smo (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058481)

Almost all Australian media incorrectly reported the name too. We use a different voice in Australia. This article was a fail on more than one level. News for Nerds being another

Bring her in for questioning (4, Funny)

bmacs27 (1314285) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058369)

Why does she know so many good places to bury a body?

Re:Bring her in for questioning (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059249)

She must be a geocacher.

Susan Bennett?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058471)

Hmmm it's text to speech. It's a computer generated voice so that an unlimited number of phrases can be spoken rather than a pre-recorded list of English words (and other languages).

So, does Susan really mean that her voice was picked apart and her phonemes were sampled and are being used for Siri's American English female voice? Phonemes are the basic building blocks of human speech (e.g. ah, eh, oh, ffff, etc)
 

Yes (2, Informative)

dfm3 (830843) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058707)

The sentences are computer generated, but where did you think the actual syllables came from?

Hour after hour, she read nonsensical phrases and sentences so that the "ubergeeks" -- as she affectionately calls them; they leave her awestruck -- could work their magic by pulling out vowels, consonants, syllables and diphthongs, and playing with her pitch and speed.

Re:Susan Bennett?? (5, Informative)

Nidi62 (1525137) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058721)

So, does Susan really mean that her voice was picked apart and her phonemes were sampled and are being used for Siri's American English female voice? Phonemes are the basic building blocks of human speech (e.g. ah, eh, oh, ffff, etc)

Actually, in the CNN article about this that I read, she says exactly that. She says she sat in her home recording booth for 4 hours at a time for a whole year reading nonsensical phrases given to her so that they could later be pulled apart and analyzed.

Re:Susan Bennett?? (1)

gnasher719 (869701) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059053)

Actually, in the CNN article about this that I read, she says exactly that. She says she sat in her home recording booth for 4 hours at a time for a whole year reading nonsensical phrases given to her so that they could later be pulled apart and analyzed.

Except I think Apple uses bigger units than phonemes as building blocks. I think there will be even quite a few complete words that are recorded. I don't know about the size of the Siri recording, but high quality voices on the Mac are several hundred megabytes each.

Re:Susan Bennett?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059203)

Yea no complete words. There are some larger blocks though. Complete words would make it even larger.

Re:Susan Bennett?? (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059361)

She says she sat in her home recording booth for 4 hours at a time for a whole year reading nonsensical phrases given to her so that they could later be pulled apart and analyzed.

Unfortunately Apple Maps interpreted those phrases as actual place names located in the Australian desert.

money (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058535)

So is she like that voice actor for that video game who was all upset and making a stink for not being as rich as a movie star?
Sorry for the lack of details. I can't be bothered by looking up specifics.

Re:money (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058735)

So is she like that voice actor for that video game who was all upset and making a stink for not being as rich as a movie star?

Mark Hamill?

Re:money (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45062967)

I think he's referring to Michael Hollick. He did the voice of Niko in GTA IV.

Apple related news... (1)

dimeglio (456244) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058573)

If Apple related news are of no interest, why do they generate tons of posts claiming no one is interested in them? My suggestion, just ignore them.

Re:Apple related news... (1)

mic0e (2740501) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059089)

The Dilemma of complaining that everybody is complaining... You have to complain yourself.

Re:Apple related news... (1)

geekoid (135745) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059279)

He didn't complain, he simply made a suggest to those who are complaining.

Don't worry so much about being quick to look clever. Take a moment and think.

Re:Apple related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45061825)

Riiight. And those other people aren't complaining either, they are simply making suggestions to those who post frivolous stories.

Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058585)

Who's "Siri"?

Re:Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45063015)

She's a porn star, blonde with huge tits and inverted nipples. No, really, there's actually a porn actress that goes by the name of Siri. She was around years before synthesized speech Siri popped up, actually.

There's also a czech porn actress called Sirale, also big boobs.

Thank god (4, Funny)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058649)

I'm glad this mystery has finally come to a close. I've had years of endless conversations (some actually broke out into fisticuffs) with co-workers about the likelihood that Siri was simply a generic wave form generated on a 1973 Rowland 385x tube synth (I love my old Rowland!!!1). One co-worker (Bryhan) argued that he could actually hear the pitch-shift in one of the particular tones of Siri's condescending passages suggesting it was in fact a male voice with some clever over-dubbing from magnetic tape (backwards). I've wondered about this for years and have lost much sleep over it. So glad it's finally came to light. Take that Bryhan, you insensitive clod!

Re:Thank god (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059529)

Rowland...Bryhan

Wow, you live in a world of many superfluous consonants.

and now the making of Siri: (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058727)

a better clip:
http://www.wimp.com/voicesiri/

coming from the article:
http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/17/4596374/machine-language-how-siri-found-its-voice

Female Siri?!?! (1)

Svenberg (1070570) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058739)

But she looks nothing like Jon Briggs?

Re:Female Siri?!?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059571)

I would be much more interested in an article discussing the rationale behind differing genders of Siri around the world!

stuff that matters (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45058829)

yeah

Vocaloid does it better (1)

ZeroSerenity (923363) | 1 year,17 days | (#45058937)

But who on slashdot thinks a short interview with Saki Fujita (Hatsune Miku) would be interesting?
*Kicks feet up* Slow news day.

Re:Vocaloid does it better (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45060507)

But who on slashdot thinks a short interview with Saki Fujita (Hatsune Miku) would be interesting?
*Kicks feet up* Slow news day.

You're right! That might be just as interesting as this article!

Oh snap (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059025)

She doesn't have a real keyboard. I don't think it's turning out too well for her.

crash's version... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059081)

meet cassie [imdb.com] .... http://www.tv.com/shows/crash-and-bernstein/crash-asks-too-many-questions-2875426/ [tv.com]

at any rate, i hope bennett gets some extra compensation out of this. if scansoft aka nuance had the contract with apple prior to contracting bennett for the voice work, then bennett got ripped-off big time with the hourly rate contract (similar to how scp and tim paterson got screwed by bill gates and microsoft)... had that contract (or scp's) been negotiated with knowledge the voice (dos) would be used in apple's phones (ibm pc's), there would most definitely have been royalties included in the negotiated compensation.

Re:crash's version... (1)

mythosaz (572040) | 1 year,17 days | (#45060947)

It's a rip-off to provide people a reasonable wage for their services and likeness, then hope to benefit from that?

Who's SIRI? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,17 days | (#45059091)

Purportedly has been replaced by a younger person in iOS 7.

Just hope it wasn't Miley, else your new phone may start twerking on your ear!

She must be really busy (1)

kriston (7886) | 1 year,17 days | (#45059431)

She must be really busy. How does she find time to do anything else?

Re:She must be really busy (1)

mythosaz (572040) | 1 year,17 days | (#45061013)

Not sure I get the point of your comment.

She is, apparently, a reasonably well respected voice actress, doing work for a number of companies.

We already knew she was a hot redhead. (1)

sconeu (64226) | 1 year,17 days | (#45060101)

We found out here [wikia.com]

Small Wonder (1)

organgtool (966989) | 1 year,17 days | (#45063079)

She must sound very robotic in person. Either that, or the engineers that pieced together the phenomes did a very mediocre job. So far, the best text-to-speech synthesis I have heard comes from a recent update of Android. The pronunciation has improved significantly and the tone sounds much more relaxed and less stinted than the previous Android version as well as Siri.

Big Bang Theory (1)

rbrandis (735555) | 1 year,17 days | (#45063477)

Not what I was expecting. Raj meets Siri [youtube.com]
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