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Meet Olivia: The first NTTS voice in Australian English for Amazon Polly

Amazon Polly is launching a new Australian English voice, Olivia. Amazon Polly turns text into lifelike speech, allowing you to build speech-enabled products. Building upon the existing Australian English Standard voices, Nicole and Russell, Olivia is the first Australian English voice in Amazon Polly powered by the Neural Text-to-Speech (NTTS) technology.

The NTTS voices in Amazon Polly are designed to create a great user experience that is engaging and similar to listening to a real person. While building Amazon Polly voices, our goal is not only to offer a natural, human-like sound, but also to give end-users a sense of personality.

As the first NTTS Australian voice for Polly, Olivia reaches a new level of expressiveness that brings text to life. Olivia’s sweet Australian accent is warm and welcoming, striking the right balance between casualness and professionalism. Olivia’s bright personality and friendly tone provides an engaging user experience, which makes the voice suitable for a large variety of use cases such as voice bots, contact center IVRs, training videos, audio books, or long-form reading.

You can use Olivia via the Amazon Polly console, the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI), or AWS SDK. The feature is available across all AWS Regions supporting NTTS. For more information, see What Is Amazon Polly? For the full list of available voices, see Voices in Amazon Polly, or log in to the Amazon Polly console to try it out for yourself! To get more control over the speech output, try SSML tags and tailor the voice to your needs.


About the Author

Sarah Schopper is a Language Engineer for English Text-to-Speech. At work, she delights customers with new voices for Amazon Polly. In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games and experimenting with new cooking ingredients.