Some of the voice actors from Obi-Wan Kenobis had access to digital expertise, but Lucasfilm will not mention who they were

Some of the voice actors from Obi-Wan Kenobis had access to digital expertise, but Lucasfilm will no ...

There is a good chance youre familiar with Respeecher''s work, whether you understand it or not. The Ukrainen AI-powered voice cloning platform provided Mark Hamills with an as-yet-unidentified character in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now, Lucasfilm has asked Respeecher to keep the name of the character as a secret, and there is certainly no shortage of potential applicants.

Polygon spoke with Respeecher CEO Alex Serdiuk to better understand a process that most people are no doubt on sacrilege. He emphasized from the start that technology allows us to produce entirely unique performances for one (or possibly even two) of the Star Wars sagas most famous characters. So, by using our technology and our services, we can then modify or alter existing voices, and thus enable [studios] to strengthen and change their voices.

So far from the mental ailment, which is sparked by terms like artificial intelligence and voice cloning that of a sound engineer running lines of dialogue through a computer algorithm that then spits out audio files Respeechers work on Star Wars is surprisingly performance driven. While Darth Vader himself might be more machine now than man, if the Ukrainian company is supplying his voice (and remember, if) the character''s essence is still very much flesh and blood.

There is no AI yet, and I think it would be possible, so we can use it on a turnkey basis to create the performance we desire. [] We need another human voice [to provide] input, because that human voice gives all of the inflections, the accent, the speech style, and pace that AI is not good at developing, according to Serdiuk. [] It takes all of the performance, all the acting from what we call a source voice, and then we do the conversion.

En outre, the Respeechers pipeline allows actors like Hamill to record different takes just like they would on an actual set, which the company''s experts may later adjust at their conclusion based on notes from showrunners like Jon Favreau or Deborah Chow.

It''s possible that with studio projects and films, they may record tens of thousands of takes for each line; this means that we would need to convert all of those [in to the younger voice], send them back, and maybe send different versions because we used to train different models with different sets. Can you try to make [a line reading] sound a bit more like they ask? and we''d try to make it a bit easier as they ask.

So, is it the ultimate aim in nontraditional methods to recreate a traditional performance in the case of The Mandalorianor The Book of Boba Fett, as if Hamills lines were somehow transmitted directly from the set of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in 1983? Serdiuk agrees, however, wants to make it sound as if it was recorded yesterday in the studio.

Even if viewers are not sure why, Hamills'' de-aged voice is certainly true, owing to limited yet significant improvements in the way that Respeechers'' AI model was trained to emulate actors vocals. Moreover, Serdiuk has noted that while many fans criticised the visual effects used to portray Luke Skywalker in the finale, few realized the Jedi Masters voice was also synthetic until Lucasfilm poured the beans in a Disney Gallery making of it several months later.

The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett''s [data] were particularly impressive considering the quality of Respeecher''s legacy assets, and Serdiuk says it was quite old. This [data] was a bit outdated, so we have some old ADR recording, something from a video game. This might be the main obstacle in many projects which involve altering or resurrecting [performers voices], because a lack of data and superiority of data are essential to making it sound good

The CEO of Respeecher maintains that overcoming these data-related challenges has been worthwhile now that industrial corporations like Lucasfilm have embraced the work they do. [We] started with the idea of using a synthetic speech [platform] to generate and produce material that is extremely complicated and difficult to understand. It really aids us in developing, according to the group.

Serdiuk believes that the increasing acceptance of voice cloning technology might mean that studios will no longer employ talented soundalikes to stand-in for deceased actors. For example, would Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in which Guy Henry imitated the late Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin be the type of project that would automatically land on Respeechers desk now? Not necessarily, according to Serdiuk, who considers Respeechers voice cloning technology one of several

As a result of the fact that Lucasfilm is a repeat customer, the company has made significant advances in voice cloning technology. I wouldnt argue that [Respeecher] is very well-suited to be in charge or judge [which approach is best].

Serdiuk understands that the company''s future transcends de-aging actors'' voices, but is keen to expand filmmakers'' creative possibilities, not shrink them. He also discusses the advancement of the technology in order to enable smaller film and TV studios and video game developers to cut costs even further. He also talks about the company''s patented health care solutions, citing a case in which the voice actor has lost their voice to allow them to perform again.

Serdiuk has lost sight of what it means for Respeecher to be part of a certain space opera set a long time ago in a distant galaxy. It''s something special. I mean, youre part of this story. Star Wars has been causing controversy from the beginning, and the way they do their movies is exceptional. So, it''s a huge joy to be able to work with those people and learn from them.