Speaker 2.0+ WordPress Plugin settings

The Speaker WordPress Plugin converts post or webpage into human-like speech in more than 194 voices across 35+ languages and variants. It applies groundbreaking research in speech synthesis (WaveNet) and Google’s robust neural networks to deliver high-fidelity audio.

Notes

This manual was created for plugins version 2.0.0 and higher. If you use plugins of an older version, use the Speaker settings manual for versions 1.0.^.

To open the plugin settings in the WordPress Sidebar menu go to Speaker

Speaker WordPress Plugin Settings
Speaker Settings

In the plugin settings, there are several tabs responsible for various groups of plugin settings.

Voice Settings

The voice tab describes the basic settings of the plugin, the selection of voices and features of speech synthesis.

API Key File

When you first run the plugin, you need to connect the Key File. How to get the Key File you can learn from the article About Key File for the Speaker & Voicer WordPress Plugins

Now used

Shows which voice is selected now, and also allows you to listen to the voice sample chosen with default settings.

Now used preview
Now used player

You can also listen to the Supported Google Voices and Languages in the Google Cloud Documentation.

Language

Using the filter, you can choose from the table the voices you need. After selecting a language, you can filter the table by voice type and gender.

The Speaker voice list
The Speaker voice list

To select and activate a voice, click on the row in the table. The selected voice will be highlighted in blue.

Audio Profile

You can optimize the synthetic speech produced by Cloud Text-to-Speech API for playback on different types of hardware. For example, if your app runs primarily on smaller, ‘wearable’ types of devices, you can create a synthetic speech from Cloud Text-to-Speech API that is optimized specifically for smaller speakers.

Speaking Rate/Speed

This setting changes the voice playback speed. The smaller the number, the slower the synthesized voice will speak, and the more the amount will be, the faster will be the speaker. The normal speed is 1. You can select any value in the range from 0.25 to 4. The higher the number, the faster the speech.

Pitch

Speaking pitch, in the range [-20.0, 20.0]. 20 means an increase of 20 semitones from the original pitch. -20 means a decrease of 20 semitones from the original pitch. The default value is 0

Before Audio

In this text filed you can add text that will be added at the beginning of the audio file. For example, you can add an invitation or copyrights.

After Audio

In this setting, you can add text that will be added to the end of the audio file. For example, you can add farewell or copyrights.

Design

The design tab contains settings related to the design of the Player and its surrounding elements.

Player position

You can select one of the available player positions:

  • Before Content
  • After Content
  • Top Fixed
  • Bottom Fixed
  • Before Title
  • After Title
  • Shortcode [speaker]
Important

Some themes may have problems displaying the player in Before Title and After Title positions. Switch plugin to other position in such cases.

You can easily add the Speaker WordPress Plugin player anywhere on the page using the shortcode [speaker]And you can also show the player with an audio recording of another post, for this use the shortcode [speaker id=PAGEID] PAGEID is the id of the page of the audio version of which you want to use in the player.

Speaker WordPress Plugin
Page ID

You can find out the page ID in the address bar during editing or from the page code.

Style

The plugin has five player styles that you can use on the website pages. You can also customize any of the presented player templates with CSS.

Round Player

Core WordPress player with round edges:

Round Speaker Player
Round Speaker Audio Player
Rounded Player

Core WordPress player with rounded corner:

Rounded Speaker Audio Player
Rounded Speaker Audio Player
Squared Player

Core WordPress player with right angles and straight edges:

Squared Speaker Audio Player
Squared Speaker Audio Player
WordPress Default Player

Regular WordPress audio player:

WordPress Default Audio Player
WordPress Default Audio Player
Browser Default Player

Default browser player without any styles and scripts. The appearance of the player is different in difаerent browser:

Chrome & Opera Audio Player
Safari Audio Player
FireFox Audio Player

Please note that when choosing a Browser Default Player, a standard WordPress player will be disabled on your site. This will have an effect for all players on all pages of your site.

To fine-tune the design of the player, use the CSS class .mdp-speaker-box

Background color

This setting allows setting the background color of the player. This is possible for all modes except WordPress Default Player and Browser Default Player

Download link

The setting determines how to display the download link. You can choose one of these options:

  • Do not show
  • Backend Only
  • Frontend Only
  • Backend and Frontend
Speaker WordPress Plugin Download link
Download link on the Frontend
Speaker WordPress Plugin Download link
Download link on the Backend

Save Changes

Do not forget to click Save Changes after changing plugin settings. After clicking this button, the settings will be saved and applied to all pages of the website.

Now you can proceed to use the plugin on the pages of your WordPress website. Please read the article Converting WordPress page to speech and Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) in the Speaker WordPress plugin.

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