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This new capability can help you enrich your skill's experience, making it more engaging for customers.

Creating engaging skills can pay off: Developers can make money through Alexa skills using in-skill purchasing or Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills, the post noted. Developers may want to use the preview to give different voices to characters in games and stories, for example.

The free voices are provided through Poly, the Amazon Web Services text-to-speech service.

Developers today may already be using multiple voices in their skills, but the process of doing so is more cumbersome and rigid, as with mp3 file uploads. The text-to-speech service today is capable of things like whispering, speech marks, using a timbre effect, and dynamic range compression - all which make the voices sound more natural. It's as easy as that.

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Eight new voices, to be exact. We'll select a subset of the skills that apply, and will provide more information to those selected.

Amazon now has a number of different voices with different dialects and accents developers can now bundle into their skills, according to the company's website.

While the speech engine today supports a couple dozen languages, only the U.S. English voices are being offered to Alexa developers at this time.

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