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Marigold
11th July 2018, 13:03
HI there,
I am ready to start the voice banking journey, but don't know where to start.
My voice has become rather wobbly recently and I know it's time.
How do I get hold of the software/stuff and how much will it cost?
Marigold

Chrisp
11th July 2018, 14:07
Hello
Do voice banking as soon as possible, I left to late. The speech therapist should be organising the voice banking.
Chris

MNDConnect
11th July 2018, 14:21
Hi Marigold,

As Chris says it is important to do voice banking as early as possible to ensure that your voice is strong enough to complete this process.

There are 3 companies that we are aware of that offer voice banking, with the main one we hear people using is ModelTalker (https://www.modeltalker.org/). With ModelTalker you have to record 1600 phrases.

To complete this you will need internet access, a laptop/desktop PC and a good headset microphone. If you don't have this equipment your speech therapist can ask for the association to loan this by complete this form (https://www.mndassociation.org/getting-support/equipment-loan-for-mnd/). As an association we can also help towards the cost of funding voice banking. If using ModelTalker the company can invoice us directly whereas if using one of the other companies your speech therapist can complete a funding request, to view the form please click here (https://www.mndassociation.org/getting-support/financial-support-information-for-people-with-mnd/)

To view our information sheet on voice banking which explains more about the process please clickhere (https://www.mndassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/07D-Voice-banking.pdf). A list of other companies offering voice banking can also be found at the back on this sheet.

If you have any further questions about voice banking please do not hesitate to call us on 0808 802 6262. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and 7pm to 10.30pm.

Best Wishes,

Adele

Gillette
26th April 2019, 14:02
I have just started voice banking, using ModelTalker which was recommended by my Speech & Language therapist. However, I saw a comment on another thread on here, under Technology, that Richard Cave at MNDA has been looking at voice banking and thinks that Acapela is worth considering.

I wonder if it is possible for Richard to set out the pros and cons of both ModelTalker and Acapela, please?

Terry
26th April 2019, 15:03
Hi Gillette,

From what I understand, it is more English, has 350 English phrases and costs similar.

The other has 1600 America phrases and sounds a bit American.

But Richard probably will be able to tell you more.

Love Terry

Gillette
26th April 2019, 15:22
Thanks for that, Terry. I had read your comments on another thread and thought I would see what else Richard Cave has to say, before I talk about it with my speech therapist. As my voice is showing signs of weakness, I think 350 sentences are much more doable than 1600.

Terry
26th April 2019, 15:30
Yes that is a good idea,

I did ask the same question to him, about someone else who had done about five hundred phrases and he did say yes.

I would be tempted to try and ring him through Mnda Connect.

Love Terry

speedoftrust27
26th April 2019, 15:46
Thanks for that, Terry. I had read your comments on another thread and thought I would see what else Richard Cave has to say, before I talk about it with my speech therapist. As my voice is showing signs of weakness, I think 350 sentences are much more doable than 1600.

Hi, I am very happy to help and talk through the options and it may be best to have a chat on the phone or to email me. My number is 07898 721278 richard.cave@mndassociation.org.

thanks
Richard

Gillette
26th April 2019, 21:52
Thank you, Richard. I shall try to ring you on Monday.

Lynne K
27th April 2019, 13:38
I had to do Model Talker and use it with Predictive because these were the only ones supported by my speach therapy service. What a challenge to get it to say things in my accent and not American English. But some words and phrases are still very strange so I'm thinking about doing Acapela too. Then I can choose which to use in Predictive. I'll have to fund it myself. My speach isn't as clear as it was when I did Model Talker so I'll have to choose a time of day that I'm clearest to do it.

Gillette
27th April 2019, 14:05
Lynne, as I am still at the voice recording stage and the Speech Therapy team haven't paid for anything yet, I thought I would talk to them to see whether they might be willing/able to pay for Acapela instead of ModelTalker. It has to be worth asking, doesn't it?

JimWright
27th April 2019, 16:03
How much dose it cost.

Gillette
27th April 2019, 17:28
How much dose it cost.

Jim, I couldn't find out the cost when I was searching the Acapela website. It's one of the things I am hoping to ask Richard Cave. I am hoping to speak to him on Monday.

Gillette
27th April 2019, 17:30
Lynne, I have tried to send you a message but am getting a message that you have exceeded your storage. My message won't get through until you have deleted some. I didn't know if you realised what is happening.

Ellie
27th April 2019, 18:13
According to MND Scotland (20/07/2018) Acapela costs €2400 (about £2070) plus £120 for an App if it’s to be used on iOS.

Further info: https://www.mndscotland.org.uk/media/2277/30b-voice-banking-final.pdf

Love Ellie.

Lynne K
27th April 2019, 21:00
Hi Dina/Gillette, I deleted all of my messages about a month ago. There's only a few there now so my inbox is not full. Have you checked yours too? I'll go see what's there but I haven't had any notifications recently. Maybe there's a blip on the site. So try again in a day or two. Lynne x

Lynne K
27th April 2019, 21:23
Hi Dina, I've deleted all of my messages again. It looks like it didn't happen last time. So you ought to be able to send me a private message now, thanks. Lynne x

Gillette
28th April 2019, 06:40
Hi Dina, I've deleted all of my messages again. It looks like it didn't happen last time. So you ought to be able to send me a private message now, thanks. Lynne x

Hi Lynne

I retyped the message and had another try at sending it. It still tells me your storage is full. (I only have two short messages in mine.)

I think I'll just have to remember to tell you if we meet soon. ;)

nunhead_man
28th April 2019, 06:54
Hi


According to MND Scotland (20/07/2018) Acapela costs Ä2400 (about £2070) plus £120 for an App if itís to be used on iOS.

I have used https://www.cereproc.com/en/products/cerevoiceme - Cerevoice - £500 I believe - it seems to have gotten my voice well

Best

Andy

Gillette
30th April 2019, 16:47
Hi Lynne,
I have just tried again to send you a private message but the system is still telling me that you have exceeded your storage limit. Isn't technology great?
Dina

Doug Carpenter
30th April 2019, 17:10
Lynne

Dina is right. I've just checked and your message space is full.

I didn't find deleting messages easy the first time. You have to first select some messages, then go to the bottom and click Delete, then click Proceed. Messages in your archive contribute to the 50 message limit too and may need to be deleted if your inbox looks empty.#

Good luck!

Doug

Gillette
15th May 2019, 23:16
Hi everyone,

I have posted this on another thread but thought I would also post here. This morning I recorded the last of the 350 sentences that Acapela require to create a voice. I sent them to Acapela and later today I heard back from them saying my voice was ready. They say that one can test and listen to one's voice as much as you might like. I have tested mine and was impressed with how it sounded (but that could be because I speak beautifully! Perhaps not!).

I didn't finish recording all of Model Talker's 1600 sentences. Acapela's 350 are certainly far less daunting and more easily completed, which is just as well as my voice is noticeably weaker this week than it was last week.

By the way, Acapela doesn't allow you to record some of your own phrases. Richard Cave suggested using a voice recorder app to record any special phrases etc and they can be incorporated into a communication device when the time comes.

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