About DAISYS

We are a speech technology company building machine learning technology that enables us to generate credible speech that is indistinguishable from real human voices, from text. Our technology is not based on copying existing voices through deepfakes, but on the generation of completely new, not yet existing, human sounding voices.

We distinguish ourselves from other providers of this type of service by giving the speech intent and emotion. With this we can, for example, give advertisements or audio books the same credibility as real recorded speech.

Team

Barnier Geerling

CEO & Founder

I’m a voice-over artist and sound engineer. I own a recording studio and am founder of the largest Dutch educational institute for voice-overs, Stemacteren.nl. As a ‘nerd’ and technician I have a broad knowledge of the exploitation of voice and audio technology in new applications.

I’m captivated by questions like “How can humans and technology strengthen, augment and improve each other?” and “Will computers ever be able to think, feel, and act just like us?” I enjoy composing music and making pastries in my spare time.

Joost Broekens

Scientific Advisor & Founder

I am Associate Professor Affective Computing at Leiden University, and used to be CTO of Interactive Robotics B.V. I am fascinated by emotion and intelligence, and study this using AI and robots. I love surfing and travelling with my campervan together with my family.

Johan Talsma

CFO & Founder

Starting working with Deloitte I graduated as a Certified Public Accountant soon after. I succesfully started my own accounting & auditing firm, focussing on SME’s. I gained extensive experience in the fields of accounting, auditing, tax, finance and valuation, besides from being an entrepreneur.

Stephen Sinclair

CTO

After studying computer science and a PhD in music technology with a focus on audio-haptics, I have worked in areas from robotics to autonomous driving, always with an eye towards applying the latest trends in data analysis and machine learning. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, climbing, cooking and brewing, with a good dose of creative coding now and then.

Jorge Bustos

Deep Learning Engineer

I am specialized in Digital Signal Processing and Deep Learning. Music lover and amateur music producer (professional according to my family). I love to philosophize about AI concepts in an absurd way.

Gido Limperg

Deep Learning Engineer

I’m a Deep Learning Engineer with a broad interest in all areas of AI. I enjoy cycling, bouldering, music, videogames, complaining about the weather, drinking tea, and eating broodjes met kaas.

Laurens Brantsen

Sound Engineer

I have always been captivated by sound, whether it is music, speech or just noise. I have been working as an audio engineer in both music productions and broadcasting. Although sound is my “thing”, I also like a quiet yoga session, good coffee, working/playing on (silent) computers, or riding my (not so silent) motorcycle.

Murad Bozik

Deep Learning Engineer

I am an inquisitive deep learning researcher who enjoys handling tough problems. I like sailing and weight lifting. I appreciate an exquisite taste of coffee in the morning.

Berkay Bayir

Lead Digital Designer

I am a UI/UX-Designer focused on designing creative solutions and optimizations, mostly on web. I have worked in consumer electronics for over 4 years. I enjoy traveling around, playing (competative) videogames and eating good food.

Kacper Debowski

Software Engineer

I’m a Software Engineer with experience in different fields, but focusing mostly on web applications. I enjoy building things and solving problems, both in my professional and private lives. In love with programming languages, electronics, traveling, good movie and my lovely wife.

Vinutha Venkatesh

Junior Deep Learning Engineer

I am a Computer Science graduate with specialization in Data Science. I enjoy working with data and languages have always been my special interest. Mixing these three things seemed like the perfect career path for me! My favorite things to do during my free time are reading, watching movies, eating good food or thinking of being at the beach.

Tamara Exterkate

Junior Deep Learning Engineer

I am a Deep Learning Engineer with a passion for tackling complex problems and diving into the world of text and audio data. Outside of the tech world, you’ll find me in the outdoors, either camping or hiking in the mountains. I make it a weekly ritual to catch a movie at the cinema, and every year, I participate in the Dutch Jigsaw Puzzle Championship, though I never made it to the finals so far.

News

02.04.2023

AI Shakespeare Unleashes Ethical Text-to-Speech Magic: Personalized, Shakespearean Plays Come to Life with Novel AI Voices

This groundbreaking project demonstrates the company’s commitment to ethical TTS technology and its potential to revolutionize the future of content.

AI Shakespeare offers a unique experience, allowing users to type in any prompt and instantly generate a Shakespearean-style play. What sets this project apart is the use of novel voice creation technology, a TTS solution that generates entirely new, original voices rather than relying on voice cloning or deepfakes.

This approach reflects DAISYS.ai’s dedication to ethical AI, as it avoids the potential misuse of cloning voices and respects the rights of voice professionals. The company’s novel TTS technology not only offers a fresh take on speech synthesis but also represents a significant step towards more targeted, individualized content.

“Our mission with AI Shakespeare is to showcase how the future of content is rapidly shifting from a static, one-size-fits-all model to a more dynamic, personalized experience,” said Barnier Geerling, CEO of DAISYS.ai. “Imagine a future where content changes in real time, adapting to your surroundings or moods. Traditional voice recordings simply can’t accommodate this level of customization, but our novel voices, which can be altered in real time, are uniquely suited for this purpose.”

As the demand for personalized content continues to grow, DAISYS.ai’s TTS technology positions AI Shakespeare at the forefront of this emerging market. Users can revel in the hilarity of AI-generated content that sounds convincingly real. AI Shakespeare leverages the power of GPT-4 technology to generate scripts based on user prompts, and seamlessly couples this with its novel voice speech technology to deliver live, AI-generated content that demonstrates the immense potential of this cutting-edge innovation.

To experience AI Shakespeare and learn more about DAISYS.ai’s innovative TTS technology, visit www.ai-shakespeare.ai.

02.12.2021

Dutch AI start-up creates breakthrough in voice technology
‘New voices that sound like real people’

Worldwide breakthrough
‘This is a huge breakthrough. Up until now, naturally sounding voices were always deepfake, based on audio data of professional speakers. But deepfakes in text-to-speech for many reasons aren’t usable. One of those reasons is that not everyone wishes to lend out their voice without having control about what is being said with it. With this technology, as the first company in the world, we are able to create new voices that sound like real people,’ Barnier Geerling, CEO of DAISYS explains. ‘In addition,’ Geerling says, ‘this technology makes it easier and faster to apply speech-steered technology. The market potential is enormous, think of audio-visual media using voice-overs, or ‘talking’ cars, robots, or appliances. For manufacturers this means the possibility to integrate realistic speech in their products becomes much easier and more efficient.’

Artificial Intelligence
During the past year and a half, the start-up from Leiden has worked on its technology with a small international team of Artificial Intelligence (AI) developers. ‘We’ve made several important adjustments to the existing basic technology. In addition, we had to cleverly ‘train’ our models, using the right balance of speech data from different speakers. Because of this we’ve managed to generate new, naturally sounding voices that can be real-time adjusted by means of gender, pitch, power and speed.’ Dr.ir Joost Broekens, Chief Technology Officer at DAISYS, explains.

Voice technology; ever more important
The new voice technology is suitable for all online and offline surroundings where the human voice is used, like traditional media, smart devices, games, robots, speech assistants and public announcement systems. Geerling: ‘Credible voice technology is becoming ever more important. Nowadays, everything has a voice: your phone, your car, even your coffee machine. Imagine being able to adjust that voice to your preference. That future is now within reach.’

Audio Samples

Listen to an example of our generative voices here. For this sample we just typed in text. No deepfakes were hurt in the making of this.

Audio sample : Daisy’s Love Letter (ChatGPT & DAISYS novel voices)

Contact us via: talktome@daisys.ai