SSML Training and Commercial Licensing Information
14-Day Free Trial
The 14-Day Free Trial gives you immediate access to our front-end SSML editor. You must sign up as a member to gain access to the editor. Once you have accessed the editor page, download the Amazon SSML tags PDF by clicking on PDF under the main title; Supported SSML Tags, at the top.
Once in the editor, type in a paragraph or two and start testing the editor by applying tags and attributes from the menu. To apply tags and attributes, highlight the word or place your mouse cursor in a sentence to add the tag. The Process button at the bottom will process the audio file of your paragraph(s). Download the audio file to hear the results.
At this time, the 24/7 monthly video training subscription is not available and is under development. However, you can sign up for our live training classes on a first come, first served basis. We are accepting a maximum of six students per class and taking signups for live training, starting April 15th, 2022.
The live training classes are delivered on Microsoft Teams. They are two evenings a week, two hours per session for six weeks (a total of 24 hours). The classes are recorded for your benefit. For your convenience, you can download each recorded session and preview the classes on your own, personal time.
Live Training Classes
Starting April 18, 2022
Our live SSML training classes start on April 18, 2022. I will personally be conducting the classes. Prior to training, it is recommended that you download the Amazon SSML tag document and preview it before starting the class. This will help the entire class to quickly get started on tagging and understand how tags are used in an SSML editing environment. To download the SSML tag document, click on PDF under the Supported SSML Tags title at the top.
The SSML tags can also be found on the Home page, as well as in the FAQ, with short definitions. For more detailed examples and use, see the Amazon SSML tag document.
We will be explaining and testing tags from the most difficult to the easiest, as we go. You might ask, "Ken, why don't we start with the easiest ones first?"
We provide a commercial version of our SSML editor. Let's assume you want to train members of your organization or other customers in SSML. This gives your business a deep discount on this one-of-a-kind application and allows you to train yourself, other end users, or even your customers. We also have the Rebrand version where you get a complete reproduction of our business and website, including eCommerce, training, website installation, and the entire SSML editing system.
One of the advantages of our SSML processing system is the inclusion of two more applications that support SSML tagging and text editing. The first is an International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) processor. This processor converts English words into IPA spellings of words. The advantage is that the IPA spelling gives foreign and domestic users that ability to hear and repeat the spoken word. The second is a dictionary API. This application allows the SSML editor user to look up the part of speech of words, the IPA spelling, definitions of the word, and examples of the word's usage.
Why are these applications important?
Both are absolutely necessary.
Let's use a common example. The word bow in the English language has two parts of speech (noun and verb). The noun definition or example means a device to shoot arrows. The verb definition or example means to kneel in respect for royalty.
Each is pronounced differently, are different parts of speech, and have separate IPA spellings (noun / boʊ / and verb / baʊ /), and different definitions. Each is selected from a dictionary and processed from their respective IPA spellings to get the proper pronunciation in the context of your intended audio output.