Siri voice actress US Susan Bennett says didn’t know it was going to happen and that her voice will be used as voice instructor on Siri.
Apple device voice assistant Siri has found the body behind the voice, finally. It has been revealed that the voice of Siri belongs to Georgia-based voiceover actress Susan Bennett.
Bennett had lent her voice eight years ago to a project for ScanSoft. ScanSoft acquired Nuance, the company that powers Siri for Apple. Thus, Bennett herself was not aware where her voice would be used. When Siri was released on the iPhone 4S in 2011, Bennett’s friends recognized her voice and informed her that she had become ‘Siri’.
In a recent interview to CNN, Bennett made this revelation. When Apple was asked about this fact, it declined to comment, and so did Nuance. So CNN hired an audio forensics expert of its own to compare her voice to the voice answering queries on iPads and iPhones.
The expert result declared: “They are identical – a 100 percent match!”
Bennett came to reveal about this fact to clarify a confusion. A feature on Verge led people to believe that Siri’s voice belonged to voiceover actress Allison Dufty. Dufty denied this rumour.
Some months prior to the Difty-confusion, Bennett had been interviewed by CNN’s Jessica Ravitz about the voices that power announcements at airports. Quite casually Siri had been discussed and Ravitz had asked Bennett if she is the voice of Siri. A coy Bennett had denied then, but decided to come out with the fact after the Dufty-confusion came to be.
Bennett’s voice is not omnipresent now as Siri as a male Siri voice has also become an option for users. The Australian Siri voice was revealed earlier this year and the UK Siri voice was also revealed in November 2011.