Have you ever wanted to hear a loved one’s voice again who has passed on? That was the impetus that led to the creation of The Voice Library 12 years ago. It started by offering people the opportunity to archive audio tributes to their loved ones as an alternative to a written obituary. Now, family members or friends can also make audio recordings of messages or stories to preserve them after they die.
How the Voice Library works
As a customer, you can purchase a subscription to access a personal library of your audio recordings. You can listen online or on your smartphone using The Voice Library’s app. Because it’s not a social media platform, all the audio files you add to your library belong to you and are not available to anyone else without an access code.
Since you don’t have to store your audio files on your computer or on discs at home, there’s less risk of them getting lost.
You can choose to be a recorder, a listener, or both. Photos can be added to your recordings making them more like visual audiobooks.
The service is user-friendly for all ages and tech levels
In addition to listening online or using the app, those who are not tech-savvy can listen on their phone using an 800 number. The company works with assisted living homes, hospices, and retirement communities so it’s a priority to make it easier for the elderly or other clients who don’t feel comfortable with technology.
Granting exclusive access to your recordings
You have the choice to allow someone to only listen in (without having recording access) or you can give anyone you want an access number to listen in or record. Family members and others can record bits and pieces of their history, love stories, sage advice, recipes, or whatever they want to preserve or be remembered for.
The recommended length for stories and tributes
The average listening time for an audio recording is 8 – 11 minutes. It’s recommended that you record a segment that is no longer than 15 minutes long.
It’s best if you have a specific reason to use audio recording
If you give a person the gift of a subscription, make sure they have an incentive to use it. Otherwise, the subscription may go unused. For instance, you want to record audio for one of your grandchildren to capture your sage wisdom or advice. Or, they may want to do one to honor their parents or grandparents.
Outreach to the community
The Voice Library works with the military and the Suicide Prevention Taskforce. Corporations have donated funds to give free subscriptions to military members who are deployed, their families, and also to first responders.
Educators use audio recordings to teach storytelling so that their students feel more confident as they move into the workforce. They can also be used to create time capsules, yearbooks, to enhance art projects, for leadership training, and much more. See more educational activities here.
Business to business services
Another feature is business to business services. Your company can record testimonials or give audio explanations of how the company works, its mission, and more. You can even create an audio business card or an audiobook or podcast using The Voice Library and monetize it.
Why audio rather than video?
Hearing is the first sensation we are aware of when we’re born and is the last thing to leave us when we die. Listening stimulates the musical area of your brain. Shooting a video is more intimidating and uncomfortable for most people especially if they are older and don’t like the way they look. An audio recording gives them less of a reason to censure what they say.
Once you complete a Voice Library audio recording, a link will be created that you can embed on your website or share on social media if you wish.
If you think The Voice Library is a service your family, friends, or company would enjoy, please visit their website to find out more here.