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Voicemod Launches Software Kit for Building Realistic Audio Avatars in Games, Social Apps, and the Metaverse

Voicemod | April 21, 2022

Voicemod Launches Software Kit
Voicemod (www.voicemod.net), the world leader in augmented voice and interactive audio, is now making its technology from the company’s hugely popular direct-to-consumer apps available to third parties through the Voicemod Developer Kit. The comprehensive Kit is the first and only solution to empower developers, creators, and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to integrate Voicemod’s high-performance, real-time voice conversion technology into their games, applications, social apps, and hardware. The ever-increasing suite of effects, including hyper-realistic audio avatars, can easily become a harmonious component of any social audio program.

Voicemod creates social audio tools that make it simple for anyone to create and control their own sonic identity in the metaverse and share the voices they feel best reveal their true selves, in the way they want to be heard. Through a mix of voice filters, voice morphing, hyper-realistic voice skins, soundboard effects, musical effects, user-created speech-to-speech real-time voice modifications, and a variety of other real-time audio customizations — Voicemod helps its users tap hidden sources of creativity to express themselves imaginatively as they play, work, create, and entertain.

The Voicemod Developer Kit is empowering the first major evolution of in-game and in-app voice chat. By making voice chat even more immersive, entertaining, and inclusive, game studios and developers of social and content creator apps, as well as device manufacturers targeting gamers, streamers, and social communication accessories, will be able to drive new levels of user engagement and retention in the metaverse.

Powering the sound of the metaverse
Until now, the Voicemod Developer Kit has been available only in limited release to select partners such as Agora and Bragi to enable existing apps and audio devices with their own voice changing and soundboard capabilities.

“Our aim is to make it easier for everyone — whether game developers, headphones manufacturers, musical artists, voice actors, players — to experiment with real-time social audio and voice augmentation, By enabling customizable sonic personas and creating richer voice chat capabilities, the Voicemod Developer Kit is contributing to more meaningful, immersive experiences that result in heightened user adoption and retention.”

-Voicemod CEO and co-founder Jaime Bosch.

The Voicemod Developer Kit makes available a vast library of Voicemod voice skins that can be used live in real time, creating opportunities for dynamic social interactions in social communications-based applications and video games. Programmers and engineers combine Voicemod technology with other solutions as building blocks to curate dynamic, real-time engagement experiences. From audio and video calls, dating apps, and virtual classes, to streaming platforms and online video game integrations, the Voicemod Developer Kit makes it fast and easy to amplify online interactions in the metaverse through personalized audio avatars while protecting pseudonymity if desired.

Through the Kit, developers create low-latency, low CPU-usage audio-centric apps for mobile, web, or desktop. The open API also allows apps and devices to act as a remote control for Voicemod’s direct-to-consumer Windows desktop app already used in solutions such as Elgato’s Stream Deck.

The Voicemod Developer Kit uniquely provides:
  • Constantly growing collection of Voicemod original voices and curated sounds
  • Branded, DMCA-free IP content available exclusively through Voicemod
  • Interactive soundboards
  • Headless architecture with multi-platform support on Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, VST/AU and including Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, Stream Deck, etc.
  • Compatibility with game engines such as Unreal Engine, Unity, and more

Voicemod is building momentum around the company’s interactive audio technology and voice avatars — capabilities that will become increasingly essential as the metaverse grows into reality. So far in 2022, Voicemod has already signed multiple agreements to expand its library of high quality sounds and voice filters by licensing popular intellectual property (IP) from diverse entertainment sectors, including games (Angry Birds), emoticons (SmileyWorld), music (ODB), television (Trailer Park Boys), and classic film and TV titles. (See www.voicemod.com/newsroom for details.)

To get started with the Voicemod Developer Kit, visit www.voicemod.net/developers for information on platforms that support Voicemod technology as well as how to integrate Voicemod's real-time voice changing engine directly into hardware, games, and applications.

About Voicemod
Voicemod is the leader in real-time audio augmentation. Developers trust Voicemod’s audio technology to help end-users create virtual voices and define their sonic identities. As companies strive to build a responsible metaverse, Voicemod is the tool that helps gamers, content creators, and professionals of all skill levels find the voice that best expresses themselves as they play, work, create, and entertain. Discover more at www.voicemod.net.

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disguise Acquires Creative Studio Meptik to Accelerate Global Delivery of World-Class Immersive Productions

disguise | July 13, 2022

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CubiOs Inc | June 23, 2022

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Mythical Games | June 20, 2022

Next-generation blockchain gaming studio Mythical Games has announced a partnership with Kakao Games, South Korea’s leading publisher of online and mobile games. Moving forward, Mythical will integrate and support the BORANETWORK – an affiliate of Kakao Games and its proprietary blockchain and layer 2 ecosystem – as both entities continue their expansion in Asia.Mythical Games’ Web3 ecosystem allows players, creators, and artists to enjoy a frictionless gaming experience through ownership of a digital game collection. Earlier this month, Mythical announced a first-of-its kind partnership with the NFL to release the league’s first blockchain-based game. Its flagship game, Blankos Block Party, recently partnered with fashion brand Burberry and electronic music artist Deadmau5. In addition to the integration, Mythical will be joining BORA’s node validator and governance committee, a major milestone for both parties as they continue to expand to global markets. "We are thrilled to be joining the BORA node validator and governance committee. We see BORA not only as a next-generation blockchain, but also as a leader in bringing entertainment to Web3 in Korea – giving them a unique edge that no other protocol has. With Mythical's expansion into Seoul earlier this year, we are keen to strategically align with leaders in the region.” -Rudy Koch, Co-Founder at Mythical Games BORANETWORK CBO Young-joon Lim said, We're thrilled to be working with Mythical Games and welcome their onboarding on BORA. Mythical Games is a pioneer and visionary in Web3 building 'play and own' game economies," and added, “We will explore cross-promotion opportunities and potential collaborations in order to create synergy between each platform. About Mythical Games Acknowledged by Forbes’ Disruptive Technology Companies To Watch in 2019 and Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2021, Mythical is a next-generation games technology company creating a Web3 gaming ecosystem by leveraging blockchain technology and playable NFTs for tools that enable players, creators, artists, brands, and game developers to become stakeholders and owners in new “play and own” game economies. Led by gaming industry veterans, the team specializes in building games around player-owned economies and has helped develop major franchises including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Marvel Strike Force, and Skylanders. Mythical Platform protects gamers that may be new to blockchain through a custodial wallet for their digital items, while allowing advanced players the freedom to link their own wallets via bridges between the Mythical Chain and public mainnets. With its “gamers-first” focus, the Mythical Platform ensures players don’t need to dive into the intricacies of blockchain to enjoy ownership of their digital collections and have a great game experience. About Kakao Games Kakao Games is a leading publisher of online and mobile games. Founded in 2016, it is responsible for publishing a variety of games, including Krafton's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (available in Korea), Kong Studios' Guardian Tales (available in Korea, North America, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania), XL Games’ Moonlight Sculptor (available in Korea, North America, Europe, and Taiwan), and its newest addition, Lion Heart Studio's ‘Odin: Valhalla Rising’ (available in Korea and Taiwan). Kakao Games is expanding its business to the blockchain market and Web3 gaming ecosystem. About METABORA METABORA is an affiliate of Kakao Games and the parent company of BORANETWORK focused on game development and blockchain-based gaming ecosystems. Its portfolio includes mobile games such as ‘Friends Popcorn,’ ‘Friends Town,’ and ‘Friends Shot’ based on Kakao Friends intellectual property (IP). METABORA is expanding its platform beyond traditional gaming to focus on the development of blockchain technology and the Metaverse.

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Pacaso | August 02, 2022

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