Original U.S. voice of Siri goes public

Original U.S. voice of Siri goes public
It is a voice that is just as famous as the devices you hear it on. Ever since the introduction of the Apple iPhone 4s on October 4th, 2011, we all know the sound of Siri. On Friday morning, Susan Bennett of Atlanta stepped forward to claim that she is the original U.S. voice of Apple's virtual personal assistant. Bennett is a voiceover artist who had no idea that the work that she was doing for a company called ScanSoft (now Nuance) would end up in one of the most popular consumer products of all time. Her voice can also be heard on commercials, GPS systems and at Delta's airline terminals across the country.

During July 2005, her voice was recorded for four hours a day in a studio located in Bennett's home. She would repeat nonsensical words and phrases that were played around with by changing the pitch and speed of her voice while certain letters could be pulled from her recordings. And once the Apple iPhone 4s was launched, those who know Bennett instantly knew that she was Siri.

CNN went to Ed Primeau, a member of the American Board of Recorded Evidence and he went through four hours of studying Siri's voice along with Bennett's. At first, using only Bennett's voice, he was 70% certain that she was Siri. But after she provided him with Siri-esque phrases, he came to the conclusion that he was 100% certain that she is the voice of Siri in the states. "I believe, and I've lived this for 30 years, no two voices are the same," said Primeau."They are identical -- a 100% match."

Siri's voices in other countries like the U.K. and Australia have already come forward. Now, those in the U.S. finally have a name to go along with the voice that many have come to rely on for information.  Why come out now? iOS 7 offers users new vocal choices for Siri (including a male option) which made this a perfect time for Bennett to step out from behind the iconic voice. Yet, the voiceover artist didn't seek out the press. A CNN reporter doing a story on Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the world's busiest airport, and was interviewing the voices heard in the terminals. Talking to Bennett, she discovered that the voice of Delta was involved in interactive voice response. The reporter blurted out, "Are you Siri?" which led to an audible gasp on the other end of the line. The secret was out.

source: CNN

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24 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Your voice is very cool.

8. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

+1 I love the way she says glass (try saying "ok glass")

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That is EXACTLY what I expected Siri to look like as real person. A menopausal woman who has enjoyed life & is now retired, who lives in Boca Raton FL. lol

21. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

So next time Siri ask me if she's pretty? I'll say tell me another 64 year old joke Siri...

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple, if you haven't already. Be prepared to write a very big check! I'm the male Siri voice, and I'd like my $20,000,000 in pennies please.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Was that you? Damn! I thought your voice sounded so un-sexy, lol.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

lol good one +1. Now about that 20mil

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yeah, about that 20milies... What about the 30 you owe me selling those cracks i gave you :P

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

50/50 split lol.

11. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

20 million 1 cent checks so you have to sign every one of them! ;-)

12. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

best comment i seen all day

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man lmao, that's just wrong goog. +1

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Damn! I thought Raj Kuthrapali had successfully found SIRI... Was expecting someone younger (lawl).

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Uh, really? Sounds like the same exact robot voice for those youtube videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL04A124624253F123

9. davidtb

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Why is this news? Is she suing?

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

So voice overs are voiced by real people, I always thought it was computer generated...Apple, go get Samuel L Jackson, Morgan Freeman or Idris Alba to voice Siri now!

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude could you imagine SLJ in Pulp Fiction mode. Say text one mo mutha f**kin time! I dare u LMAOOOOO

14. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

James Earl Jones needs to do voice recording for Android.

15. alaahershy

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

You're voice is much better than a robot reading each word alone.

16. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Look at that Hottie. ;)

17. GoogleSafariFox

Posts: 100; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

She looks like A menopausal and retired lady with a dreadful taste, lol. AS EXPECTED!

22. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Waiting for Cortana's voice! :D

23. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Oh No! I prefer Big Bang's version of Siri she was hot.

24. harvestcellular

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

She could be the hit of and college frat keg party for sure. I wonder how many times a day she get's asked to say a few lines lol. Im sure shes living large on royalities from Apple for the rest of her life.

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