To use SpeechKit you will need a SpeechKit account. You can create one here.
You can login to SpeechKit using the email/password or Google credentials you used to create an account.
If you're an enterprise customer, you can login to SpeechKit using the email/password provided to you by your account manager.
To get started you will need to create a project. Every SpeechKit account can have multiple projects. For example, your company may have two news websites. In this case, each website should have its own project. For Example, News UK, which owns The Times and The Sun, would create a project for each of them.
To start producing audio articles from the articles published in your RSS feed(s), you will need to create an RSS project in your SpeechKit account. To do this, select RSS Feed.
Once you have selected the RSS option you will need to enter the following details about your website.
Website name. For example: BBC News.
Website URL. For example: . https://www.bbc.co.uk/news.
Once you have entered your website details, you will need to select the language and voice(s) that will be used to produce your audio articles:
Select the language that your articles are written in. For example: English (US).
Select a voice to read your title. For example: Joanna (Newscaster) (Female).
Select a voice to read the rest of the article. For example: Matthew (male).
SpeechKit fetches new articles from your RSS feed(s) every 10 minutes. Content from each article is extracted, cleaned, augmented with SSML and synthesised into audio (this takes about 60 seconds per article).
Copy your RSS feed URL and insert it. For Example: http://feeds.bbci.co.uk/news/technology/rss.xml.
Give your RSS feed a name. For example: BBC Technology (Production).
You can add and as many RSS feeds as you want. For example, you may have one RSS feed for Sports news and another for Business news. Or you may have one RSS for your staging/development environment and another for production environment.
You can press the Add Another RSS Feed button to add more RSS feeds to your project.
Once you have completed all of the above you must press the Finish Setup button to save your project settings. You will then be directed to your project dashboard.
Assuming that you have already subscribed to a monthly plan, or are an enterprise customer, you will start to see your audio articles appear in the Content section of your project dashboard.
One of the key benefits of using the RSS integration is an audio player will be inserted automatically alongside every article that is published in the RSS feed.
To add the audio player to your articles you will need to go to the Distribution tab in your project dashboard.
Once there, click on the edit icon (pencil).
Click on the copy icon on the bottom-right to copy the audio player embed code.
Add the audio player embed code into your article page template (we recommend adding it just above the article body).
If your website is enabled for Google AMP, you will need to add a different code snippet to your AMP article template. We recommend you read our instructions on enabling SpeechKit on AMP, which will guide you through this process.