(USA TODAY) -- Recognize the name Susan Bennett? If you own an iPhone and make use of personal assistant Siri, you've likely heard her voice.
In an interview with CNN,
Bennett claims she is the voice behind Siri. "It seemed like everyone
was clamoring to find out who the real voice behind Siri is, and so I
thought, well, you know, what the heck? This is the time," Bennett tells
According to her personal website, Bennett has over 20 years of experience doing voice-over work for companies ranging from Home Depot to The Cartoon Network.
So how did Bennett end up as Siri? She tells CNN she signed a contract with software company ScanSoft -- now known as Nuance
-- to lend her voice to recordings for a larger database. Bennett then
entered the recording studio to read phrases and sentences for hours.
Here's how CNN explains the process:
These snippets were
then synthesized in a process called concatenation that builds words,
sentences, paragraphs. And that is how voices like hers find their way
into GPS and telephone systems.
But it wasn't until a
colleague pointed out the Apple iPhone 4S two years ago that Bennett
learned she was the voice of Siri. "It's obviously me," Bennett says
after hearing Siri for the first time. "It's my voice."
Bennett says she's Siri -- and judging by CNN's video, it certainly
sounds just like the personal assistant -- neither Apple nor Nuance
would comment. CNN also enlisted an audio forensics expert, who
confirmed Bennett's claim as Siri.
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