A few weeks ago, I explored an intriguing journey, one that combined nostalgia, technology, and a dash of creativity.
The catalyst? A replay of the classic American Top 40 radio show. As I listened to the familiar voice of Casey Kasem, I was struck by a bolt of inspiration.
Could I use the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to recreate a voice as distinctive as Kasem’s?
Thus, the concept of “Cay-I Kasem” was born.
The Process: Voice Cloning and Image Generation
The first step was to find high-quality audio recordings of Kasem. After scouring YouTube and meticulously isolating Kasem’s voice from the background noise, I turned to ElevenLabs.io‘s Voice Lab. This AI tool allowed me to submit the isolated recordings for the AI to learn and clone Kasem’s unique voice.
But a voice alone wasn’t enough. I wanted a face to match. So, I turned to Midjourney AI to generate images in the likeness of Casey Kasem. After selecting my favorite, I uploaded it to D-ID.com, a platform that animates images in sync with an audio track.
With the audio from ElevenLabs and the animated image from D-ID, I had successfully created a digital version of Casey Kasem, or as I like to call him, “Cay-I Kasem”.
Implications for Podcasters
The creation of “Cay-I Kasem” is not just a fun experiment. It’s a demonstration of the potential of AI in podcasting.
For podcasters, these AI tools open up a world of creative possibilities. Imagine crafting unique voices for your podcast, or even creating a whole cast of characters, each with their own distinctive voice and visual identity.
Another exciting application is the potential for audio-only podcasters. With these AI tools, you can transform your existing audio content into engaging video shorts. Imagine your podcast episodes coming to life in animated videos, each character with its own distinctive voice and visual identity. This not only adds a new dimension to your content but also allows you to reach a wider audience on video platforms.
Moreover, these tools could be used to create dynamic promotional materials. You could animate your podcast logo to speak in your voice, or create a virtual host to introduce your episodes, to name a few. The possibilities are endless.
The Future of Podcasting
In essence, the creation of “Cay-I Kasem” is a testament to the power of AI in revolutionizing podcasting. It’s about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, creating unique and engaging content for your listeners.
As we venture further into the digital age, the ability to create unique and engaging content is becoming increasingly important. With AI tools like ElevenLabs.io and D-ID.com, podcasters can bring a new level of creativity and innovation to their shows.
So, as you venture into your next podcasting project, remember that with a dash of creativity and the right AI tools, the only limit is your imagination. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures in the world of podcasting!
See the video in action on my Instagram.