Voice donors wanted: Help to support New Zealand adults and children who are unable to use their own voice.

We are looking for ‘voice donors’ to trial a voice banking recording software called ModelTalker® to help us create New Zealand-accented voices for people who use communication devices.

There are many conditions that reduce the ability to speak such as cerebral palsy, motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Many of these people use communication devices with speech-generating abilities to communicate. Currently there are no New Zealand-accented voices for people to use on their computerised devices. Recent technology has enabled people to record their own voice before they lose the ability to speak in a process called ‘voice banking.’ This involves lots of recordings which are anaylsed and combined to create a unique voice that can be used on communication devices.

We are looking for a male and female in the following age groups:
*10 years *40 years *60 years
*Te Reo Maori and English speakers of New Zealand Maori ethnicity aged 30-50 years

The project will involve attending a trial recording session at the University of Canterbury and if invited to continue, you will read aloud 1,600 sentences over an average of 4 recording sessions. This will take approximately 10 hours and you will be offered a $100 voucher for your time. Your recordings will be used to create New Zealand accented voices for adults and children to use on their communication devices.


If selected to continue you will receive a $100 voucher on completion


Initial trial session 15 minutes, if selected to continue the full recording will take approximately 8-10 hours


NZ European participants still required: Female child 9-12years Male adult 40-45years Female or male adult 60-65years Male and female Te Reo Maori and English speakers of New Zealand Maori ethnicity aged 30-50 years All participants are required to have normal speech/language/voice/hearing and live in Christchurch to be able to attend recording sessions at the University of Canterbury.


University of Canterbury


Dec. 1, 2017

Ethics Approval

This study was approved by University of Canterbury Human Ethics Committee (HEC 2017/47)

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