Posted On: May 30, 2023

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Niamh and Sofie - new Irish English and Danish female Neural Text-to-Speech (NTTS) voices for Amazon Polly. Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk and to build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. 

Niamh is our first synthetic voice for customers serving users in The Republic of Ireland. We developed Niamh using an advanced technology that “teaches” existing voices to speak with different accents. Niamh is designed to sound like someone native to Ireland and has the same voice personality as Amy, the UK English voice. Customers can use these two voices interchangeably to serve Irish English and British English audience without changing their voice experience.

Sofie is our first neural Danish voice that we added to the existing Danish standard voices: i.e., Naja (female) and Mads (male). With this launch, we offer our customers an opportunity to build new voice products for Danish speakers. Sofie’s personality and enhanced voice features (such as proper English pronunciation) is designed for listeners in Scandinavia.

Niamh, Sofie and all the other NTTS voices are available in AWS regions supporting Neural TTS. For more details, please read the Amazon Polly documentation and visit our pricing page.