Voice actress Susan Bennett has come forward, saying that she is the voice of Apple's Siri. Apple will not confirm this, but others have backed up Bennett's claims.
As a prolific voice actress, Bennett often records dialogue without really knowing what it will be used for.
“When I first discovered that was my voice, to be honest, it was a little creepy,” Bennett said, adding that she’s accustomed to greeting people who need assistance from companies such as Delta Airlines, but she never expected her voice to actually be interacting with total strangers across the globe.
"I'm used to hearing my voice in the airport, but this real thing you can interact with in your hand took some time for me to get used to," Bennett said.
Bennett says that back in July of 2005 she spent four hours in the recording studio every day during the month. She had no idea where her voice recordings would end up. In the past her work has been used in GPS devices and loudspeaker announcements. Bennett was First National Bank's ATM voice, Tillie The All Time Teller.
Though Apple refuses to confirm or deny Bennett's claims, an audio forensic expert with 30 years experience told CNN with 100 percent confidence that Bennett is indeed the voice of Siri.
Apple did not own Siri at the time that Bennett's voice was recorded. Siri was founded by SRI International, which Apple acquired in 2010.
Back in 2005, Bennett signed a contract offering her voice to ScanSoft, a software company. She was told that her voice recordings would be used in a database and used to create speech. Snippets of her recordings were synthesized in a process known as concatenation that builds words, sentences and entire paragraphs.
When asked why Siri at times sounds a bit snippy, Bennet explained, “There are some people that just can read hour upon hour upon hour, and it’s not a problem. For me, I get extremely bored…So I just take breaks. That’s one of the reasons why Siri might sometimes sound like she has a bit of an attitude. Those sounds might have been recorded the last 15 minutes of those four hours," Bennet explained.
Edited by Alisen Downey